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Josh Hamilton Latest 4 Home Run Hero To Fall Short Of Hard Hittin' Mark Whiten

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.

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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.

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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.

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