John Mayberry and Tony Solaita join the KC Royals’ three home run club.
Just as George Brett is the only Kansas City Royal with a trio of three-homer games, Big John Mayberry is the only other Royals’ slugger to do it at least twice.
Mayberry first homered three times in a single contest July 1, 1975, against the Texas Rangers with solo shots in the fourth, seventh, and ninth innings. All came off Texas starter and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins. Still, KC lost 5-4.
The second time Mayberry had a three home run game was more favorable for his Royals. He hit two-run homers in the fifth and ninth and a solo shot in the seventh, and notched five RBIs to help propel Kansas City to an 11-3 road victory over Toronto June 1, 1977.
The late Tony Solaita played in only three seasons for the Royals, but made his own place in the club’s record book as another player who hit three home runs in one game.
Solaita did it September 7, 1975, against the Angels. He hit solo home runs in the fourth, sixth, and ninth innings. Interestingly, Mayberry had two home runs that day. In the end, Solaita had four RBIs to Mayberry’s three to help give the Royals an 8-7 win.