Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

MLB News

These players hit for multiple cycles in their careers

April 25, 2020

Brock Holt made big league history during the 2018 American League Division Series, becoming the first player in postseason history to complete a cycle in Boston's 16-1 blowout win over the Yankees in Game 3. Holt found his way into another fairly exclusive club with the feat. While hitting one

Brock Holt made big league history during the 2018 American League Division Series, becoming the first player in postseason history to complete a cycle in Boston's 16-1 blowout win over the Yankees in Game 3.

Holt found his way into another fairly exclusive club with the feat. While hitting one cycle might be rather arbitrary for a big leaguer, hitting two in a player's career takes some skill. In fact, Holt is one of only 27 players on record (since 1908) to do so, including the postseason. That group includes nine Hall of Famers, another near-lock for the Hall and many more players who were All-Stars. Below are those names, listed in reverse chronological order by the dates of their last big league cycle.


Adrian Beltre
Dates of cycles: 9/1/2008, 8/24/2012, 8/3/2015
All three of Beltre's cycles came at Globe Life Park, including his first as the Mariners' third baseman. The Hall of Fame candidate had allocated three of his five career triples in Arlington as part of his cycles when he completed historic No. 3.

Babe Herman
Dates of cycles:
5/18/1931, 7/24/1931, 9/30/1933
At a lean 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, Herman cut quite a different figure from the other Babe. But, like Ruth, Herman lives on in the record books, with the two highest single-season averages (.393 in 1930, .381 in 1929) of any Dodgers hitter.

Bob Meusel
Dates of cycles:
5/7/1921, 7/3/1922, 7/26/1928
Meusel wasn't the first or even second most-famous hitter in the Yankees' famed "Murderers' Row," but the outfielder was still one of the better hitters of the 1920s. Meusel's first cycle came against a fairly famous pitcher: Walter "Big Train" Johnson.


Trea Turner
Dates of cycles: 4/25/2017, 7/23/2019
Two cycles, with both coming against the Rockies. Turner's first, in 2017, came on a frigid night at Coors Field, and Turner became the second-youngest player to hit for the cycle and drive in seven or more runs in a game in Major League history. With his second against the Rockies, at Nationals Park, he became the third player with more than one against the same team.

Brock Holt
Dates of cycles:
6/16/2015, 10/8/2018
Three years after the first cycle of his career, Holt made history by achieving the feat in the postseason. In his first start in the ALDS, Holt homered off Yankees backup catcher Austin Romine to complete the cycle in the ninth inning of Game 3.

Christian Yelich
Dates of cycles:
8/29/2018, 9/17/2018
Yelich against the Reds' pitching staff marked one of the bigger mismatches of the 2018 campaign. Posting an OPS near 1.500 against the Brewers' division rival, Yelich became the first player in the Live Ball Era to record multiple cycles against the same team in a single season.

Carlos Gomez
Dates of cycles:
5/7/2008, 4/29/2017

Gomez started his second cycle off by losing his shoe while rounding second base, but it's safe to say the rest of his night went much smoother.

Michael Cuddyer
Dates of cycles:
5/22/2009, 8/17/2014

Cuddyer's second cycle, notched in his penultimate season at age 35, came at the spacious confines of Coors Field. His eighth-inning double made him just the third player to record a cycle for a team in each league.

Aaron Hill
Dates of cycles:
6/18/2012, 6/29/2012

Hill achieved a pair of milestones on June 29, 2012, collecting his 1,000th career hit on a first-inning double and then completing his second cycle in a span of two weeks later that night. Hill's teammate, Paul Goldschmidt, came a triple shy of his own cycle in the same game.

Brad Wilkerson
Dates of cycles:
6/24/2003, 4/6/2005

Not only was Wilkerson's second cycle memorable from a personal standpoint; it also helped the Nationals achieve their first victory after moving from Montreal to Washington, D.C. Not a single member of the Nationals were alive when the last Washington player to hit a cycle, Jim King, achieved the feat in May 1964.

John Olerud
Dates of cycles:
9/11/1997, 6/16/2001

Everything seemed to fall into place for the 2001 Mariners (at least in the regular season), including cycle No. 2 for their first baseman. Olerud doubled on a ball down the left-field line, tripled down the right-field line, singled up the middle and then finished the feat with a towering ninth-inning homer that went an estimated 464 feet at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium.

George Brett
Dates of cycles:
5/28/1979, 7/25/1990

For his first cycle, Brett became the third player to finish his cycle with a walk-off homer. More than a decade later, a 37-year-old Brett was reportedly considering retirement after a rough start to his 1990 season, but he turned his season around in July, headlined by his second career cycle, en route to his third and final batting title.

Chris Speier
Dates of cycles:
7/20/1978, 7/9/1988

In his first cycle, Speier all but single-handedly muscled the Expos past the Braves, driving in six of Montreal's seven runs. During his second cycle, he brought home five runs during a 21-2 blowout win by the Giants. Add it all up, and with 11 RBIs, Speier had the second-highest total in two cycles -- behind only Joe DiMaggio's 13.

Frank White
Dates of cycles:
9/26/1979, 8/3/1982

Both of White's cycles involved complete-game pitching efforts -- in the first, his cycle complemented a complete-game shutout by Royals teammate Dennis Leonard, and in the second, White hit an RBI triple in the ninth off Tigers starter Pat Underwood for a rare walk-off cycle.

Bob Watson
Dates of cycles:
6/24/1977, 9/15/1979

The future Astros and Yankees general manager was the first player to hit for the cycle in both leagues, accomplishing the feat for Houston in the National League before repeating it with the Red Sox two seasons later following a midseason trade to Boston. His cycle for the Astros was the 10th natural cycle in MLB history.

Cesar Cedeno
Dates of cycles:
8/2/1972, 9/9/1976

Cedeno burst onto the scene as a 19-year-old rookie in 1970 by hitting .310 with seven homers and 17 steals. In the following two seasons, he led the Major Leagues in doubles and hit for his first cycle in '72 in the first of three straight 20-homer, 50-stolen base seasons, joining Joe Morgan and Rickey Henderson as the only players to have three such campaigns.

Jim Fregosi
Dates of cycles:
7/28/1964, 5/20/1968

Before he later became manager of the Angels at age 36, Fregosi hit for the first cycle in the history of the then-young franchise in '64 and did it again four years later with an added twist, becoming the seventh player to hit for the reverse natural cycle and the first since Jackie Robinson in 1948.

Ken Boyer
Dates of cycles:
9/14/1961, 9/16/1964

Boyer went above and beyond with both of his cycles. In 1961, he lifted a homer in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Cubs for the first walk-off homer to complete a cycle in Major League history. Three years later, during his 1964 MVP (and World Series champion) season, his second career cycle was the third natural cycle ever in the National League.

Wally Westlake
Dates of cycles:
7/30/1948, 6/14/1949

Before he finished his career as a journeyman utility outfielder, Westlake completed two cycles with the Pirates in his first three seasons, with the first coming off Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, later of "Shot Heard 'Round The World" fame.

Joe DiMaggio
Dates of cycles:
7/9/1937, 5/20/1948

DiMaggio is one of two players since 1908 to have two five-hit cycles in his career, and in both cases the extra hit was a home run, as The Yankee Clipper went a combined 10-for-11 with four big flies and 13 RBIs. The cycles came 11 years apart, and in both 1937 and '48, DiMaggio led the AL in home runs and finished second in the MVP race.

Bobby Doerr
Dates of cycles: 5/17/1944, 5/13/1947
Doerr's cycles came almost exactly three years apart at Fenway Park, although the Hall of Fame second baseman also lost a season to military service in between. He batted a career-high .325 in 1944.

Joe Cronin
Dates of cycles: 9/2/1929, 8/2/1940
A Hall of Fame shortstop, Cronin authored his first cycle came against the Red Sox in Boston (with the Washington Senators), while his second came more than a decade later for the Sox in Detroit. Cronin hit just 14 combined home runs in the two seasons in which he cycled.

Arky Vaughan
Dates of cycles: 6/24/1933, 7/19/1939
Like DiMaggio, Vaughn racked up five hits in both of his cycles, which both came for the Pirates in New York -- the first at Ebbets Field and second at the second at the Polo Grounds. The Hall of Fame shortstop was a .318 career hitter.

Lou Gehrig
Dates of cycles:
6/25/1934, 8/1/1937

The Iron Horse was in his 12th Major League season before notching his first cycle, in a year when he also earned an MLB Triple Crown by leading all players in batting average (.363), home runs (49) and RBIs (166). Gehrig's second cycle came in his second-to-last full season, before his career ended prematurely.

Mickey Cochrane
Dates of cycles:
7/22/1932, 8/2/1933

The Hall of Fame catcher cycled in each of his last two season with the Philadelphia Athletics, before a trade to Detroit. The second came in a 16-3 blowout at Yankee Stadium, as Cochrane added two walks to his four hits, scored three times and drove in four.

Chuck Klein
Dates of cycles:
7/1/1931, 5/26/1933

Klein's first cycle came at the Baker Bowl, the hitter-friendly Phillies' home ballpark, where Klein batted .395/.448/.705 in 581 career games to boost his Hall of Fame credentials. But Klein, the 1932 NL MVP, got his second at St. Louis' Sportsman's Park, against Hall of Fame Cardinals hurler Dizzy Dean.

George Sisler
Dates of cycles:
8/8/1920, 8/13/1921

The St. Louis Browns star notched the first of his cycles the same year he led the AL with a .407 batting average and piled up 257 hits -- a number that remained the Major League record until Ichiro Suzuki broke it in 2004. He batted .371 the next year with a league-leading 18 triples, on his way to Cooperstown.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.

Do-Hyoung Park is a reporter for based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark.

Andrew Simon is a research analyst for Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSimonMLB.