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Matt Holliday and Albert Pujols chasing Curt Flood

In the last half-century, no St. Louis Cardinals hitter has had more seasons of four or more four-hit games than Curt Flood.

Since the All-Star Break, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday has played in 24 games. He is hitting with metronome-like consistency with hits in 22 of them, including his last seven. During that time, the 30-year-old has five home runs and 20 RBI along with a .333/.415/.548 line.

In game two of the Cincinnati series on Tuesday night, Holliday had a double and three singles and plated three. It was his fourth game of four or more hits this season. No Cardinals hitter had as many four-hit contests since Ryan Ludwick and Albert Pujols in 2008.

The following tables outline the 40 different times in the last half-century, since 1960, that a Cardinals player had four or more four-hit games in one season. 24 different hitters are included. The first column lists the occurrences from most recent to oldest.

The middle column is sorted by the most such games in a season. Pujols is tied at the top with seven four-hit games, which he accomplished in 2004. Others who also had seven are Willie McGee in 1985, Curt Flood in 1964 and Dick Groat in 1963.

The far right column indicates the number of seasons each player had at least four, four-hit games. In a bit of a surprise to me at least, Flood, a career .293 hitter, is the leader with five such years, 1961, 1963-65 and 1968.

Not surprisingly, Pujols is among the group right behind Flood at four seasons. In 2010, Albert is lagging. He collected four hits on opening day, but didn’t replicate the feat until June 23. Pujols hasn’t done it again in the almost two months since – but there is still time. 49 games remain in the regular season.

St. Louis Cardinals four-hit games, season, 1960-2010

Chronological Most 4-hit G, season Most 4-hit G seasons
Player Year G Player Year G Player Yrs
Matt Holliday 2010 4 Albert Pujols 2004 7 Curt Flood 5
Ryan Ludwick 2008 4 Willie McGee 1985 7 Albert Pujols 4
Albert Pujols 2008 5 Curt Flood 1964 7 Bill White 4
Albert Pujols 2006 5 Dick Groat 1963 7 Lou Brock 4
Albert Pujols 2004 7 Albert Pujols 2003 6 Garry Templeton 2
Jim Edmonds 2003 4 John Mabry 1996 6 Joe Torre 2
Edgar Renteria 2003 4 Garry Templeton 1979 6 Vince Coleman 2
Albert Pujols 2003 6 Bill White 1960 6 Bake McBride 1
Fernando Vina 2001 4 Albert Pujols 2008 5 Dane Iorg 1
John Mabry 1996 6 Albert Pujols 2006 5 Dick Groat 1
Gregg Jefferies 1993 4 Felix Jose 1991 5 Edgar Renteria 1
Felix Jose 1991 5 George Hendrick 1983 5 Felix Jose 1
Vince Coleman 1988 4 Garry Templeton 1980 5 Fernando Vina 1
Vince Coleman 1985 4 Lou Brock 1970 5 George Hendrick 1
Willie McGee 1985 7 Curt Flood 1965 5 Gregg Jefferies 1
George Hendrick 1983 5 Bill White 1963 5 Jim Edmonds 1
Dane Iorg 1980 4 Curt Flood 1963 5 John Mabry 1
Garry Templeton 1980 5 Matt Holliday 2010 4 Julian Javier 1
Keith Hernandez 1979 4 Ryan Ludwick 2008 4 Keith Hernandez 1
Tony Scott 1979 4 Edgar Renteria 2003 4 Ken Reitz 1
Garry Templeton 1979 6 Jim Edmonds 2003 4 Matt Holliday 1
Ken Reitz 1975 4 Fernando Vina 2001 4 Ryan Ludwick 1
Bake McBride 1974 4 Gregg Jefferies 1993 4 Tony Scott 1
Joe Torre 1971 4 Vince Coleman 1988 4 Willie McGee 1
Joe Torre 1970 4 Vince Coleman 1985 4
Lou Brock 1970 5 Dane Iorg 1980 4
Curt Flood 1968 4 Keith Hernandez 1979 4
Lou Brock 1967 4 Tony Scott 1979 4
Lou Brock 1965 4 Ken Reitz 1975 4
Curt Flood 1965 5 Bake McBride 1974 4
Lou Brock 1964 4 Joe Torre 1971 4
Curt Flood 1964 7 Joe Torre 1970 4
Curt Flood 1963 5 Curt Flood 1968 4
Bill White 1963 5 Lou Brock 1967 4
Dick Groat 1963 7 Lou Brock 1965 4
Bill White 1962 4 Lou Brock 1964 4
Curt Flood 1961 4 Bill White 1962 4
Julian Javier 1961 4 Bill White 1961 4
Bill White 1961 4 Curt Flood 1961 4
Bill White 1960 6 Julian Javier 1961 4

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for the data in the above tables.

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