Big time hitters at any age dream about driving in the game-winning run, hitting a walk-off home run in the postseason, and even striking fear in an opponent by being intentionally walked. But the benchmark that all hitters try to achieve in their careers is hitting for the cycle.
The cycle? Like a bicycle? What does a bicycle have anything to do with baseball? No need to worry, we have you covered on all of the hitting for the cycle information here at JustBats.com. Are you ready?
What does hitting for the Cycle mean?
In baseball and softball, hitting for the cycle is when a batter hits a single, double, triple, and home run in the same game. When a batter collects the hits in that order, it is known as a natural cycle, which has only been achieved 14 times in MLB history.
Hitting for the Cycle History
Hitting for the cycle is an extremely rare feat for any baseball player. The regular cycle has only been achieved 319 times in MLB history. Just to put this extremely rare feat into perspective, there has been roughly 210,000 professional baseball games played and only in 319 of them a player has hit for a single, double, triple and home run. Even more, the cycle for a hitter is equivalent to the no-hitter for a pitcher and the natural cycle for a hitter is equivalent to the perfect game for a pitcher. Basically, achieving any of these feats in your career will enshrine you in baseball royalty forever.
Hitting for the Cycle Fun Facts
Now that you know what hitting for the cycle means and how rare it is for players to achieve, here are some fun facts about who, where and when cycles have been hit for.
- First player to hit for the cycle - Curry Foley for the Buffalo Bison in 1882.
- Which player has hit for the most cycles - John Reilly, Bob Meusel, Babe Herman, and Adrian Beltre have all hit for the cycle three (3) times.
- Latest player to hit for the cycle - Jose Abreu in September of 2017 vs. the San Francisco Giants.
- Most cycles hit in a season - Eight in both the 1993 and 2009 seasons
- Teams that have never hit for the cycle - The Miami Marlins
- Youngest player to hit for the cycle - Mel Ott at age 20
- Oldest player to hit for the cycle - Dave Winfield at age 39
- Fielding position with least amount of cycles hit for - Catchers
- Hitting for the cycle with a grand slam - 9
- Hardest hit go achieve while going for the cycle - Triple
- Shortest time elapsed in between hitting for cycles - John Reilly, one week apart.
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