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Freese’s six RBI in historical context

David Freese (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese (pictured) drove in six runs against the Atlanta Braves Thursday afternoon. We tell you how unique that is.

Cardinals six RBI factoids:

Player

The last Cardinal player with six RBI in a game was a most unlikely hitter, Chris Carpenter, on October 1, 2009. To show how unusual it was, Carpenter has just seven RBI the entire remainder of his 13-year career! Granted, almost half that time was in the American League, but still…

Third baseman

The last St. Louis third baseman with six RBI was Scott Rolen on September 15, 2006.

Vs. Atlanta

The last time a Cardinal drove in six against the Braves was on June 24, 1996 by former Atlanta Falcons strong safety-turned outfielder Brian Jordan, who would later return to Atlanta as a member of the Braves.

Rookie

Back to 1952, no Cardinal rookie had as many as six RBI in a game, but rookie Chick Hafey had six RBI on September 9, 1924 and so did Les Bell the next season, on April 18, 1925. That makes Freese the first Cardinals rookie to accomplish the feat in just over 85 years!

Tom Orf also pulled the list of all 40 occurrences of Cardinals collecting six or more RBI in a game since 1952.

They follow, led by Mark Whiten’s 12 RBI virtuoso performance in 1993. Also notable is Fernando Tatis‘ two-grand-slams-in-one-inning-against-the-same-pitcher game against Chan Ho Park and the Dodgers in 1999. More recently, Albert Pujols knocked in seven runs against Houston last April 11.

Six or more RBI, game, Cardinals, 1952-present

Player Date Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Pos
Mark Whiten 1993-09-07 (2) CIN W 15-2 5 5 4 4 0 0 4 12 CF
Fernando Tatis 4/23/1999 LAD W 12-5 5 5 2 2 0 0 2 8 3B
Ken Reitz 1977-06-28 (2) PIT W 13-3 5 5 3 3 0 0 2 8 3B
Stan Musial 8/5/1954 BRO W 13-4 6 4 3 2 0 0 2 7 RF
Stan Musial 6/23/1961 SFG W 10-5 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 7 LF
Dick Allen 6/2/1970 SFG W 12-1 5 5 3 3 0 0 2 7 1B
George Hendrick 8/25/1978 ATL W 11-10 6 5 3 4 1 0 2 7 CF
Dane Iorg 8/28/1980 ATL W 11-2 5 5 1 3 2 0 0 7 LF
George Hendrick 6/29/1982 PHI W 15-3 5 4 2 2 1 0 1 7 RF
Mark McGwire 5/18/2000 PHI W 7-2 5 4 3 3 0 0 3 7 1B
Albert Pujols 8/22/2006 NYM L 7-8 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 7 1B
Scott Rolen 9/15/2006 SFG W 14-4 4 4 2 3 1 0 2 7 3B
Rick Ankiel 9/6/2007 PIT W 16-4 5 4 4 3 1 0 2 7 CF
Albert Pujols 4/11/2009 HOU W 11-2 4 4 2 2 0 0 2 7 1B
Red Schoendienst 5/20/1953 PIT W 11-6 5 4 3 4 2 0 1 6 2B
Stan Musial 5/25/1953 CHC W 14-3 6 4 3 3 0 0 2 6 LF
Stan Musial 1954-05-02 (1) NYG W 10-6 5 4 3 4 0 0 3 6 RF
Hal Smith 5/8/1957 NYG W 13-4 5 5 1 3 0 0 1 6 C
Bill White 5/30/1960 LAD W 15-3 6 5 2 4 1 0 2 6 1B
Ken Boyer 5/26/1961 PIT W 12-2 5 5 4 3 0 0 2 6 3B
Mike Tyson 8/19/1977 SDP W 12-4 4 4 2 3 1 0 1 6 2B
Ted Simmons 6/11/1979 LAD W 9-7 5 5 2 3 0 0 2 6 C
George Hendrick 4/17/1980 PIT W 12-9 5 5 1 4 0 0 1 6 RF
Terry Kennedy 6/20/1980 CIN W 7-5 5 3 2 2 0 0 2 6 LF
Ted Simmons 9/25/1980 PIT W 10-2 5 4 3 3 0 0 2 6 C
Willie McGee 6/23/1984 CHC L 11-12 6 6 3 4 1 1 1 6 CF
Tom Herr 4/18/1987 NYM W 12-8 6 3 2 3 1 0 1 6 2B
Tom Pagnozzi 5/26/1991 NYM W 14-4 6 6 0 4 1 1 0 6 C
Ozzie Smith 6/17/1993 CHC W 11-10 6 5 1 5 3 0 0 6 SS
Todd Zeile 8/8/1994 FLA W 11-1 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 6 3B
Brian Jordan 6/24/1996 ATL W 9-2 4 3 1 2 0 0 1 6 RF
Brian Jordan 7/13/1996 CHC W 10-5 4 4 2 3 0 0 2 6 RF
John Mabry 6/3/1997 COL W 15-4 4 4 1 3 0 0 1 6 RF
Mark McGwire 5/19/1998 PHI W 10-8 5 5 3 3 0 0 3 6 1B
Mark McGwire 7/16/1999 CHW L 8-9 5 4 2 2 0 0 2 6 1B
Shawon Dunston 6/22/2000 SFG W 11-10 5 5 2 3 1 0 2 6 CF LF
Scott Rolen 8/19/2003 PIT W 13-5 5 5 1 3 1 0 0 6 3B
Albert Pujols 6/21/2009 KCR W 12-5 5 5 2 4 1 0 2 6 DH
Chris Carpenter 10/1/2009 CIN W 13-0 3 3 1 2 1 0 1 6 P
David Freese 4/29/2010 ATL W 10-4 4 3 2 3 1 0 1 6 3B
Player Date Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Pos

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