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Inside-the-park home run

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In 2007, Ichiro Suzuki became the first, and to date only, player to record an inside-the-park home run during an MLB All-Star Game.
In 2007, Ichiro Suzuki became the first, and to date only, player to record an inside-the-park home run during an MLB All-Star Game.

In baseball, an inside-the-park home run is a play where a batter hits a home run without hitting the ball out of the field of play. It is also known as an "inside-the-parker",[1] "in-the-park home run", or "in-the-park homer".


To score an inside-the-park home run, the player must touch all four bases (in the order of first, second and third, ending at home plate) before a fielder on the opposing team can tag him out. If the defensive team commits one or more errors during the play, it is not scored as a home run, but rather advancing on an error.[2] At advanced levels of play, the batter scoring due to one or more errors by the defense is colloquially referred to as a Little League home run.

The vast majority of home runs occur when the batter hits the ball beyond the outfield fence on the fly. This is purely a feat of hitting with power, along with a fortuitous flight angle of the ball. The inside-the-park home run has a different character: it combines fast baserunning with a strong hit. Statistically, an inside-the-park home run is counted no differently than any other home run in a player's season and career totals.

In the early days of Major League Baseball (MLB), with outfields more spacious (such as that of the Polo Grounds), angular wall positioning to fit the property's limits, and less uniformity in field dimensions from ballpark to ballpark, inside-the-park home runs were common. However, in the modern era, with smaller and circumferential outfields and walls defined by minimum standards, the feat has become increasingly rare, happening only a handful of times each season.

Today an inside-the-park home run is typically accomplished by a fast baserunner hitting the ball in a direction that bounces far away from the opposing team's fielders, or in unusual weather conditions like heavy wind gusts or rain-soaked fields where a fielder's traction is drastically reduced, or the ball cannot be fielded easily. Sometimes (such as Alcides Escobar's inside-the-park homer in the 2015 World Series), the outfielder misjudges the ball, loses it in the stadium floodlights or in a domed stadium, cannot track the ball as it strikes some kind of obstruction above not covered by a stadium's ground rules, or otherwise misplays it, but not so badly that an error is charged.[3][4]

Major League Baseball statistics

Of the 154,483 home runs hit between 1951 and 2000, only 975 (0.63%; about one per 158) were inside-the-park. The percentage has dwindled since the increase in emphasis on power hitting, which began in the 1920s. While Jesse Burkett, who played in the major leagues from 1890 to 1905, had 55 career inside-the-park home runs, the leader since 1950 is Willie Wilson, who played in the major leagues from 1976 to 1994, with 13.[5]


League Single game Single season Career
Player No. Date Player No. Year Player No.
American League 17 players tied
most recent:
Greg Gagne
2 October 4, 1986 Ty Cobb 9 1909 Ty Cobb 46
National League Tom McCreery 3 July 12, 1897 Sam Crawford 12 1901 Tommy Leach 49
Major League Baseball Jesse Burkett 55


In the World Series

Date Gm # Player Team Opponent
October 1, 1903 1 Jimmy Sebring Pittsburgh Pirates Boston Americans
October 2, 1903 2 Patsy Dougherty Boston Americans Pittsburgh Pirates
October 13, 1915 5 Duffy Lewis Boston Red Sox Philadelphia Phillies
October 9, 1916 2 Hy Myers Brooklyn Robins Boston Red Sox
October 11, 1916 4 Larry Gardner Boston Red Sox Brooklyn Robins
October 10, 1923 1 Casey Stengel New York Giants New York Yankees
October 3, 1926 2 Tommy Thevenow St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees
October 7, 1928 3 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees St. Louis Cardinals
October 12, 1929 4 Mule Haas Philadelphia Athletics Chicago Cubs
October 27, 2015 1 Alcides Escobar Kansas City Royals New York Mets

Rare occurrences


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  2. ^ Major League Baseball Rule 10
  3. ^ a b Gonzalez, Alden (October 28, 2015). "Escobar's inside-the-park HR one for the ages". Archived from the original on October 30, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Snyder, Matt (October 28, 2015). "Alcides Escobar hits 1st World Series inside-the-park HR since 1929". CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Inside The Park Home Run Records". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  6. ^ "Box Score of Four Home Run Game by Ed Delahanty". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  7. ^ "Pete Milne Career Home Runs". Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  8. ^ "1949 Giants results from Baseball Reference". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  9. ^ Fleitz, David. "Walk-Off Grand Slams". David Fleitz's Baseball Page. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06.
  10. ^ "Bump blasts two HRs". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 28, 1977. p. D1.
  11. ^ "Tigers in a Fog as Blue Jays romp to win". Montreal Gazette. Canadian Press. 2013-06-13. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  12. ^ Jaffe, Chris (2011-10-04). "25th anniversary: two Greg Gagne inside-the-park homers". The Hardball Times. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
  13. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers vs. Minnesota Twins – Recap – June 17, 2007". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  14. ^ Brock, Corey (2007-07-10). "Ichiro runs into record book". Retrieved 2007-07-10.
  15. ^ "Dunn/Bonifacio". The Washington Post.
  16. ^ "Blanks' inside-the-parker". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Peralta goes inside-the-park after Raburn falls through fence". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  18. ^ "Tater Trot Tracker: July 18". Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  19. ^ "Watch: Angel Pagan hits first inside-the-park walk-off since 2004". 26 May 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  20. ^ "Rays and Royals exchange inside-the-park home runs in Royals' win".
  21. ^ "Ruben Tejada hits an inside-the-park home run". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2015-09-03.
  22. ^ Berg, Ted (October 27, 2015). "Alcides Escobar hits leadoff inside-the-park home run in World Series Game 1". USA Today. Retrieved October 28, 2015.
  23. ^ Jackson, Devin (3 June 2022). "WATCH: La. Tech catcher hits inside-the-park grand slam as fans go wild in Austin Regional". The Advocate. Retrieved 4 June 2022.
  24. ^ "Tapia hits second inside-the-park GS in Blue Jays history". TSN. Retrieved 22 Jul 2022.

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