bill-swift - October 26, 2012
What do Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson, Albert Pujols, and Pablo Sadoval have in common? Besides having a cool nickname (The Babe, Mr. October, King Albert, and Kung Fu Panda), they all share the record for most home runs in a single World Series game. Pablo hit three in Game One to lead the Giants to a 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
The home runs came in his first three at-bats (in the first, third, and sixth innings), two off of Detroit ace Justin Verlander and the other off of reliever Al Alburquerque. He had a chance to take the record out right in the seventh, but hit a single off of Jose Valverde in the seventh.
Pujols did the deed last season in Game 3 against Texas. Before that it was Reggie Jackson's turn in 1977 in Game 6. Babe Ruth was the first to do it way, way back in 1926, and the only one to do it twice repeating the act two years later in the '28 Series.
For Sandoval the act is a little sweeter since he was not a big part of the Giants back in '10 when they beat Texas in the Series. Should he manage to keep swinging the bat like this he can rest assured that he'll be as big a part of things as he wants in the near future!