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Inside-the-park home run

In baseball parlance, an inside-the-park home run or "leg home run" is a play where a hitter scores a home run without hitting the ball out of play.


To score an inside-the-park home run the player must run, round, and touch all four bases before a fielder tags him out, the same as he would do for a double or triple. The play often occurs due to a fielding mishap by the defense or a strange bounce in the outfield. If the fielder commits an error during the act, however, the play is not scored as a home run, but rather advancing on an error. The classic situation occurs when two outfielders collide on their way toward receiving a ball hit to the warning track; the missed ball then bounces first off the track and then low off the fence high and far away from the outfielders. Another situation occurs when the ball tips off the glove of a diving fielder away from the other fielder.


Of the 154,483 home runs hit from 1951 - 2000, 975 (about one in every 158) were inside the park. The percentage has dwindled over the years with the growing propensity toward power hitting and smaller parks.

Career Records

Single Season Records

  • Major League and National League - Sam Crawford - 12 - 1901
  • American League - Ty Cobb - 9 - - 1909

Single Game Records

World Series Inside the Park Homers

These are the ONLY to date 10/1/1903 Gm. 1 Jimmy Sebring (PITT) 10/2/1903 Gm.2 Patsy Dougherty (BOS) 10/13/1915 Gm. 5 Duffy Lewis (BOS) 10/9/1916 Gm.2 Hi Meyers (BRO) 10/11/1916 Gm.4 Larry Gardner (BOS) 10/10/1923 Gm. 1 Casey Stengel (NYG) 10/3/1926 Gm.2 Tommy Thevenow (STL) 10/7/1928 Gm. 3 Lou Gehrig (NYY) 10/12/1929 Gm.4 Mule Haas (CHI)

Rare occurrences

Inside-the-park grand slams

An inside-the-park grand slam is the same event but, like a grand slam, features the bases loaded for an inside-the-park home run. There have been 40 inside-the-park grand slams in Major League Baseball since 1950 and only eight since 1990 (as of 2007). Honus Wagner had the most in MLB history with five.


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