A grand slam in baseball is a home run hit with the bases loaded.
The net result is a four-run tally for the batter’s team, and often a quick trip to the showers for the opposing pitcher.
To state the obvious, no other single play in baseball can change the score as dramatically as a grand slam. And a “grand salami” can often change the course of an entire game — or series.
Famous Grand Slams
There are many, many grand slams that have had their moments — and then some — in the baseball spotlight. Here are just a few of them:
- Fernando Tatis’ second grand slam of the third inning on April 23, 1999
- Daniel Nava’s big fly in his first major league at-bat on June 12, 2010
- Mickey Mantle‘s grand slam in Game 5 of the 1953 World Series
- Dave McNally’s grand slam in Game 3 of the 1970 World Series … McNally was a pitcher!
- Adam Dunn’s “utlimate” grand slam for the Reds against the Indians on June 30, 2006
Dunn’s blast was one of just 32 all-time ultimate grand slams — that would be a walk-off shot with the batter’s team trailing by three runs.
Grand Slam Champions
Here are the all-time leaders in grand slams hit, as of 2023:
- Alex Rodriguez 25 grand slams
- Lou Gehrig 23
- Manny Ramírez 21
- Eddie Murray 19
- Willie McCovey 18dagger
- Robin Ventura 18
- Jimmie Foxx 17
- Carlos Lee 17
- Ted Williams 17
- Hank Aaron 16
- Dave Kingman 16
- Babe Ruth 16
- Albert Pujols 16