Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday: The Blue Jays Hit 10 Home Runs in One Game

It’s kind of funny this post just so happened to fall the day after the Blue Jays scored 16 runs on 20 hits against the New York Yankees, and yet no home runs. Kind of odd to have that many runs and not a single long ball, right?

Well, on the complete opposite end of the spectrum, 24 years ago the Blue Jays scored 18 runs on 21 hits in a single game, all except for two which were driven in via a home run.

For this week’s Flashback Friday, let’s look back at the record-setting game when the Blue Jays hit 10 home runs in one game.

It was on September 14th, 1987. The Blue Jays were in the midst of a pennant race with the Detroit Tigers and both teams were tied for first place. Toronto had just taken 2 of 3 from the New York Yankees and were looking to move ahead as the Orioles came into town.

Maybe it was something in the air that day at Exhibition Stadium, but fans of the long ball were in for quite the show that warm Monday afternoon.

The game began innocently enough as both starters Jim Clancy and Ken Dixon erased base runners in the first inning as it remained a scoreless tie going into the second. However, the Blue Jays blew the game wide open and put a five-spot on the board in the home half.

Ernie Whitt led of the second with a solo home run, and that would be the first of many home runs to come that afternoon. Two batters later, Rance Mulliniks hit a two-run shot and Lloyd Moseby would follow that up with a two-run shot as the Blue Jays took a 5 run lead.

Orioles starter Ken Dixon didn’t even escape the second inning as Cap Ripken yanked him after the home run from Moseby. Well, it turned out the next pitcher, Eric Bell wouldn’t fare much better.

George Bell lead off the third with a home run and then Rance Mulliniks would swat his second home run of the game to put the Blue Jays ahead 7-1.

It was deja vu all over again when Ernie Whitt also collected his second home run of the game to lead off the fifth. After five innings of play, the Blue Jays had pounded the Baltimore Orioles pitching staff for six home runs.

Not wanting to feel left out, George Bell joined Rance Mulliniks and Ernie Whitt in the two home run club as he knocked his second home run of the afternoon off Mike Kinnunen.

At this point with a comfortable 10-2 lead, Blue Jays manager Jimy Williams felt the game was pretty much in the bag as he let Tony Fernandez, George Bell and Lloyd Moseby take a breather, and substituted them for Manuel Lee, Lou Thornton and Rob Ducey.

Even with one-third of the Blue Jays best players in the bench, the Baltimore Orioles still weren’t completely out of the woods yet. One of those late-game substitutions would also get in on the home run parade, as Rob Ducey even hit a 3-run home run.

In the very same inning, the man who started it all off for the Blue Jays would achieve his home run trifecta. Ernie Whitt hit his third home run in the bottom of the seventh capping off a 3 for 5 game with 3 home runs and 5 RBI’s.

Fred McGriff who was designated hitter that day, hit in the eighth spot in the lineup. The Crime Dog was the final member of the Blue Jays bomb squad that day and led off the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run.

In total, the Blue Jays hit a grand total of 10 home runs that day, collected 21 hits and scored 18 runs and won the game handily 18-3. They had three hitters with multiple homers (Mulliniks, Whitt, Bell).

In that game on September 14th 1987, the Blue Jays set a record for most home runs by one team in a single game, a Major League record which still stands to this day.

Thanks to @500LevelFan for this week’s Acid Flashback Friday suggestion. If you have anything you’d like to see from Blue Jays yesteryear, please send your suggestion to bluejayhunter@gmail.com

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.



  1. King_Cat

    July 15, 2011 - 3:44 pm

    This totally should have been included in that silly Jays bracketology that Sportsnet is running.

  2. Ian - BJH

    July 15, 2011 - 4:24 pm

    King Cat, absolutely. I like the idea in theory of Bracketology, but I didn't like how they had Alomar's HOF Induction (not really a regular season moment) and Morris's 20th win (an accumulation of season's work) in the bracket.

    This 10 HR game could've easily taken one of those spots.

  3. 500 Level Fan

    July 15, 2011 - 7:18 pm

    Nice! Thanks for the post!

    10 HR is mind boggling, but I think the fact that three Jays had multiple HR is even more crazy!

    And has there ever been a less imposing hitter with a more ferocious swing than Ernie Whitt? I miss Ernie.

  4. Greg W @coolhead2010

    July 16, 2011 - 3:12 am

    Pardon my saying so, but 'double digit homers' would indicate 10 or more homers each. You mean multiple homers, which the Remarkable Rance, Ernie and George did tally.

  5. Ian - BJH

    July 16, 2011 - 3:57 pm

    500 Level Fan, I still can't believe it either. Whitt was the man.

    Greg, good catch. Again, incredible they had 3 hitters with multiple home runs in that game. I'll have to do some digging around, but I wonder the last time that's happened for the Blue Jays.

  6. Unknown

    October 31, 2015 - 2:00 pm

    Maybe I'm missing something here but if the game was being played in Toronto how can Fred McGriff lead off the 9th with a homer. It's not possible as the home team eouldbat in the bottom half if the inning.

    1. Ian Hunter

      November 1, 2015 - 9:19 pm

      I had it as the 9th for some reason, but it was actually the 8th. Corrected now!

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