In Major League Baseball, players have scored six or more runs in one game 16 times. This record has been achieved by 15 players, the most recent being Joe Randa of the Kansas City Royals on September 9, 2004. Mel Ott is the only player to accomplish the feat twice, doing so nearly a decade apart.
Three players — Ott, Cap Anson, and King Kelly — have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. A player's team has never lost a game in which he scored six runs. None of the players who have scored six runs are currently active in MLB.
Guy Hecker scored seven runs for the Louisville Colonels against the Baltimore Orioles in the American Association on August 15, 1886, setting the record for professional baseball. Hecker is also the only pitcher to score as many as six runs in a game. In addition, Hecker collected six hits, another unique accomplishment for a pitcher.
Shawn Green's six run game set the Major League record for total bases (19) and tied the Major League records for home runs (4) and extra-base hits (5).
Five players on this list also collected six hits on their way to scoring six runs: King Kelly, Ginger Beaumont, Edgardo Alfonzo, Shawn Green and Joe Randa.
The record for runs in a postseason game is five.
|Player||Name of the player|
|Date||Date of the six run game|
|Team||The player's team at the time of the game|
|Opposing team||The team against whom the player scored six runs|
|Score||Final score of the game, with the player's team score listed first|
|Career runs||The number of runs the player scored in his MLB career|
|Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame|
|Player||Date||Team||Opposing team||Score||Career runs||Ref(s)|
|Jim Whitney||June 9, 1883||Boston Beaneaters||Detroit Wolverines||30–8||316|||
|Cap Anson||August 24, 1886||Chicago White Stockings||Boston Beaneaters||18–6||1,719|||
|Mike Tiernan||June 15, 1887||New York Giants||Philadelphia Phillies||29–1||1,313|||
|King Kelly||August 27, 1887||Boston Beaneaters||Pittsburgh Alleghenys||28–14||1,357|||
|Ezra Sutton||August 27, 1887||Boston Beaneaters||Pittsburgh Alleghenys||28–14||739|||
|Jimmy Ryan||July 25, 1894||Chicago Colts||Pittsburgh Pirates||24–6||1,642|||
|Bobby Lowe||May 3, 1895||Boston Beaneaters||Washington Senators||27–11||1,131|||
|Ginger Beaumont||July 22, 1899||Pittsburgh Pirates||Philadelphia Phillies||18–4||955|||
|Mel Ott||August 4, 1934||New York Giants||Philadelphia Phillies||21–4||1,859|||
|Mel Ott (2)||April 30, 1944||New York Giants||Brooklyn Dodgers||26–8||1,859|||
|Johnny Pesky||May 8, 1946||Boston Red Sox||Chicago White Sox||14–10||867|||
|Frank Torre||September 2, 1957||Milwaukee Braves||Chicago Cubs||23–10||150|||
|Spike Owen||August 21, 1986||Boston Red Sox||Cleveland Indians||24–5||587|||
|Edgardo Alfonzo||August 30, 1999||New York Mets||Houston Astros||17–1||777|||
|Shawn Green||May 23, 2002||Los Angeles Dodgers||Milwaukee Brewers||16–3||1,129|||
|Joe Randa||September 9, 2004||Kansas City Royals||Detroit Tigers||26–5||697|||