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Pujols’ 2009 multi-homer games approach Big Mac land


Albert Pujols’ two solo home runs were enough to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night. Albert continues to lead the major leagues with current totals of 34 home runs and 89 RBI.

The multi-home run game was Pujols’ eighth such contest this season and the Cardinals’ tenth in 2009. It was the 31st of Pujols’ eight-and-a-half year career.

In at least the last 55 years, since 1954, only Mark McGwire (ten in 1998 and nine in 1999) has logged more multi-home run games in a single Cardinals season.

As a team, the 1999 and 2000 clubs each had 18 single-player, multi-home run games – the most for the Cardinals in a season since at least 1954.

Cardinals multi-home run games by season (1954-present)

Yr Tm Leader
2009 10 Albert Pujols 8 Ryan Ludwick 2
2008 10 Albert Pujols 3 Ryan Ludwick 3 Troy Glaus 3 Rick Ankiel 1
2007 8 Albert Pujols 4 Rick Ankiel 2 Ryan Ludwick 1 Yadier Molina 1
2006 11 Albert Pujols 4 Chris Duncan 2 Juan Encarnacion 2 Scott Rolen 1 Scott Spiezio, Ron Belliard 1
2005 10 Larry Walker 3 Albert Pujols 2 Jim Edmonds 2 Reggie Sanders 2 So Taguchi 1
2004 15 Scott Rolen 5 Albert Pujols 4 Jim Edmonds 3 Reggie Sanders 2 Larry Walker 1
2003 13 Jim Edmonds 5 Albert Pujols 4 Tino Martinez 2 Scott Rolen 1 Edgar Renteria 1
2002 5 Jim Edmonds 1 Scott Rolen 1 Tino Martinez 1 Placido Polanco 1 Edgar Renteria 1
2001 10 Mark McGwire 3 Jim Edmonds 2 Albert Pujols 2 J.D. Drew 2 Ray Lankford 1
2000 18 Jim Edmonds 4 Ray Lankford 4 Mark McGwire 2 Tatis, Drew 2 Paquette, Marrero, Dunston, Clark 1
1999 18 Mark McGwire 9 Fernando Tatis 4 Ray Lankford 3 Darren Bragg 1 Edgar Renteria 1
1998 15 Mark McGwire 10 J.D. Drew 2 Ray Lankford 1 Ron Gant 1 Gary Gaetti 1
1997 10 Mark McGwire 4 Ray Lankford 3 Delino DeShields 1 Ron Gant 1 Gary Gaetti 1
1996 10 Tom Pagnozzi 3 Ray Lankford 3 Gary Gaetti 2 Ron Gant 1 Brian Jordan 1
1995 3 Brian Jordan 2 Todd Zeile 1
1994 6 Todd Zeile 2 Gregg Jefferies 2 Ray Lankford 1 Geronimo Pena 1
1993 5 Brian Jordan 2 Mark Whiten 2 Gregg Jefferies 1
1992 0
1991 4 Bernard Gilkey 1 Felix Jose 1 Pedro Guerrero 1 Ray Lankford 1
1990 2 Pedro Guerrero 1 Milt Thompson 1
1989 1 Tom Brunansky 1
1988 2 Tom Brunansky 1 Tony Pena 1
1987 8 Jack Clark 6 Curt Ford 1 Jim Lindeman 1
1986 1 Willie McGee 1
1985 0
1984 1 David Green 1
1983 4 George Hendrick 2 Darrell Porter 1 Lonnie Smith 1
1982 3 George Hendrick 2 Darrell Porter 1
1981 2 George Hendrick 1 Gene Tenace 1
1980 9 George Hendrick 2 Ted Simmons 2 Dane Iorg 1 Keith Hernandez 1 Reitz, Durham, Kennedy 1
1979 4 Ted Simmons 2 George Hendrick 1 Garry Templeton 1
1978 1 George Hendrick 1
1977 1 Ken Reitz 1
1976 1 Reggie Smith 1
1975 4 Reggie Smith 1 Ted Simmons 1 Bake McBride 1 Buddy Bradford 1
1974 4 Reggie Smith 3 Ted Simmons 1
1973 1 Joe Torre 1
1972 0
1971 3 Joe Hague 2 Joe Torre 1
1970 6 Dick Allen 4 Joe Hague 1 Lou Brock 1
1969 1 Steve Huntz 1
1968 2 Curt Flood 1 Roger Maris 1
1967 6 Lou Brock 4 Orlando Cepeda 2
1966 3 Tim McCarver 1 Julian Javier 1 Orlando Cepeda 1
1965 3 Bill White 2 Curt Flood 1
1964 3 Ken Boyer 1 Julian Javier 1 Charlie James 1
1963 3 Ken Boyer 2 Charlie James 1
1962 3 Ken Boyer 1 Stan Musial 1 Carl Sawatski 1
1961 9 Ken Boyer 3 Bill White 3 Stan Musial 2 Daryl Spencer 1
1960 6 Ken Boyer 3 Bill White 1 Curt Flood 1 Leon Wagner 1
1959 2 Stan Musial 1 Hal Smith 1
1958 5 Stan Musial 2 Ken Boyer 2 Joe Cunningham 1
1957 4 Stan Musial 2 Wally Moon 1 Del Ennis 1
1956 6 Ken Boyer 3 Stan Musial 1 Wally Moon 1 Bill Sarni 1
1955 8 Ken Boyer 2 Stan Musial 2 Rip Repulski 2 Wally Moon 1 Bill Virdon 1
1954 8 Stan Musial 6 Rip Repulski 1 Joe Cunningham 1

Thanks to Tom Orf for the above table.

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