Josh Hamilton's four-home-run game Tuesday night was remarkable for a number of reasons—mostly his seasonal line after the game, which is an absurd .406/.458/840, with 14 home runs (that's a 76-homer pace) and 36 RBI (194.) But fans of the beleaguered pre-La-Russa St. Louis Cardinals can breathe a sigh of relief over at least one fact: Hamilton did not top the 12 RBI Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten managed in his own four-home-run game, back in 1993. That means the only players in baseball history with 12 RBI in a single game remain Whiten and fellow Cardinal Sunny Jim Bottomley, another member of the St. Louis Nickname Hall of Fame.
So take that, Josh Hamilton: You may be one of the great stories in baseball, a once-in-a-lifetime talent, a Disney-caliber redemption story, and the best hitter in baseball right now, but Mark Whiten, Jim Bottomley, and the Cardinals still own the single-game RBI record. Don't even try to take it away.
Actually, seriously, don't try to take it away, Josh Hamilton. Because you might do it, and fans of the 1993 St. Louis Cardinals really don't have anything else to enjoy.