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1970s / Rennie Stennett - 7-Hit Game
On Tuesday, September 16, 1975, Rennie Stennett of the Pittsburgh Pirates accomplished something that no other MLB player did in the 20th century: He got seven hits in a nine-inning game. The hapless victims were the Chicago Cubs who were pummelled 22-0 in their home ballpark, Wrigley Field. Luckily for the hometown Cubs, fewer than 5,000 of their fans were present to witness the most lopsided shutout in MLB history. Stennett was the Pirates' second baseman and leadoff hitter. He began the offensive barrage with a leadoff double off Cubs' starter Rick Reuschel (who gave up eight runs in one-third of an inning before being yanked.) Stennett got a second hit in the first inning, a single, as the Pirates jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead. Stennett got two other extra-base hits--another double and a triple--before being removed in the seventh inning for a pinch runner. He had gone 7-for-7 at the plate and collected 11 total bases and two RBIs. The triple came off Rick Reuschel's brother, Paul, in the sixth inning--another inning in which Stennett got two hits. The only other player in MLB history to get seven hits in a nine-inning game was Wilbert Robinson of the old National League Baltimore Orioles who did it in a 25-4 win over St. Louis on June 10, 1892.