What pitchers have hit home runs in the world series?

Batting by Pitchers in the World Series

From Great Hitting Pitchers, edited by L. Robert "Bob' Davids, published 1979

Although there have been flashes of hitting ability by hurlers in World Series games, no hurler had sustained

superior performance at bat. Ken Holtzman had a homer and double in four trips for Oakland in 1974, which

was the second year of the DH in regular season play in the American League. That gave him four extra-base

hits in World Series play, the most of any pitcher and a career slugging percentage of .833.

Jack Bentley had the best batting average-.417 on 5 hits in 12 trips. Dutch Ruether hit two triples and also

batted .364 in 7 World Series games. Dave McNally of the Orioles collected only two hits in 16 trips, but both

were home runs. One was a grand slam, giving him a total of 6 runs batted in. Even Babe Ruth had only one hit

in 11 at bats while pitching in the Series for the Red Sox. Red Ruffing could collect only six hits in 34 trips.

This included three at bats as a pinch hitter, which itself is quite a compliment for a Series pitcher.

Here is a list of some of the more productive batters, including those with long service, among World Series

hurlers. The cumulative records include only those with more than 10 at bats.

Pitcher G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI Bat. Slug.

Jack Bentley 10 12 1 5 1 0 1 2 0.417* 0.750

Dutch Ruether 7 11 2 4 1 2* 0 4 0.364 0.818

Ken Holtzman 8 12 4* 4 3* 0 1 1 0.333 0.833*

Jack Coombs 6 24 1 8 1 0 0 4 0.333 0.375

Dizzy Dean 6 15 3 5 2 0 0 1 0.333 0.467

Burleigh Grimes 9 19 1 6 0 0 0 2 .3 16 0.316

Johnny Podres 7 16 2 5 1 0 0 1 0.313 0.375

Allie Reynolds 15 26 2 8 1 0 0 2 0.308 0.346

Ch.Mathewson 11 32 2 9* 0 0 0 1 0.281 0.281

Red Ruffing 14 34 1 6 1 0 0 4 0.176 0.206

Bob Gibson 9 28 4* 4 0 0 2* 3 0.143 0.357

Dave McNally 9 16 2 2 0 0 2* 6* 0.125 0.500

Whitey Ford 22* 49* 4* 4 0 0 0 3 0.082 0.082

Pitchers hitting home runs in World Series games or the league playoff championship series are listed below.

World Series

Jim Bagby, Indians, 1920

Rosy Ryan, Giants, 1924

Jack Bentley, Giants, 1924

Jess Haines, Cardinals, 1926

Bucky Walters, Reds, 1940

Lew Burdette, Braves, 1958

Mudcat Grant, Twins, 1965

Jose Santiago, Red Sox, 1967

Bob Gibson, Cardinals, 1967 and 1968

Mickey Lolich, Tigers, 1968

Dave McNally, Orioles, 1969 and 1970 (Slam)

Ken Holtzman, A's, 1974

Joe Blanton, Phillies, 2008

Championship Series

Mike Cuellar, Orioles, 1970 (Slam)

Don Gullett, Reds, 1975

Steve Carlton, Phillies, 1978

Dave McNally of Baltimore hit 2 (one a Grand Slam) & Bob Gibson of St. Louis also hit 2