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Cardinals top 20 career multi-home run game leaders

Who is trailing Albert Pujols and Stan Musial with the most multiple-home run games in St. Louis Cardinals history?

Pujols' home run (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)When St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols hit his 38th and 39th home runs of the 2010 season on Sunday night against Atlanta’s Tim Hudson, it was the 30-year-old’s 38th career multi-home run game. In the process, Pujols became the all-time St. Louis Cardinals franchise leader as he broke a tie with Hall of Famer Stan Musial.

After nine seasons, Pujols had 33 such games. This year, he is tied with Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman, both of the Washington Nationals, in leading the National League with five multi-home run games. Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays is first in all of MLB with seven multi-home run games in 2010.

We all know that Pujols broke his tie with Musial, but who are the other franchise leaders in multiple-home run games? Researcher Tom Orf was kind enough to answer my question by providing the list below. Especially note the identity of the man tied for number 11 on the team’s all-time list.

St. Louis Cardinals, multiple-home run games, career

Rank Player Games Home runs
1 Albert Pujols 38 80
2 Stan Musial 37 76
3 Mark McGwire 28 59
4 Rogers Hornsby 18 36
T5 Ray Lankford 17 34
T5 Jim Edmonds 17 34
T5 Ken Boyer 17 34
8 Jim Bottomley 16 32
9 Johnny Mize 15 34
10 Joe Medwick 10 20
T11 Ryan Ludwick 9 18
T11 George Hendrick 9 18
T13 Enos Slaughter 8 16
T13 Scott Rolen 8 16
T15 Whitey Kurowski 7 14
T15 Ripper Collins 7 14
T17 Bill White 6 13
T17 Fernando Tatis 6 12
T17 Ted Simmons 6 12
T17 J.D. Drew 6 12
T17 Jack Clark 6 12

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