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In baseball, golden sombrero is a slang term used to describe a player's inglorious feat of striking out four times in a single game.



The term derives from hockey's hat trick and since four is bigger than three; the rationale was that a four-strikeout performance should be referred to by a bigger hat, such as a sombrero.[citation needed] The "Olympic Rings" or platinum sombrero applies to a player striking out five times in a game,[1] while a horn (after Sam Horn of the Baltimore Orioles, who accomplished the feat in an extra-inning game in 1991) or titanium sombrero is bestowed upon a player who strikes out six times in a single game.[2]


To date, no Major League Baseball player has ever struck out more than five times in a nine-inning game. However, striking out 5 times has been done. This feat has been achieved 51 times, (28 in the AL and 23 in the NL) including two different platinum sombreros by Dick Allen, Pat Burrell, and Alex Rios.[citation needed] The only games with six strikeouts have been extra innings affairs, and no player has ever struck out seven times in a game.

On August 4, 2009, Tampa Bay Rays third basemen Evan Longoria went 2 for 6, recording a golden sombrero and 2 home runs. The second home run was a walk off home run.

The record for plate futility in all of professional baseball belongs to Russ Laribee of the minor league Pawtucket Red Sox, who in 1981 struck out eight times in a thirty-three inning baseball game.[citation needed]


Major league players with six strikeouts in a game

Player Date Innings Team
Carl Weilman July 25, 1913 15 St. Louis Browns
Don Hoak May 2, 1956 17 Chicago Cubs
Rick Reichardt May 31, 1966 17 California Angels
Billy Cowan July 9, 1971 20 California Angels
Cecil Cooper June 14, 1974 15 Boston Red Sox
Sam Horn July 17, 1991 15 Baltimore Orioles
Alex Gonzalez September 9, 1998 13 Toronto Blue Jays
Geoff Jenkins June 8, 2004 17 Milwaukee Brewers


  1. ^ Michael, Matt (April 9, 2005). "Extra bases". Syracuse Post-Standard. 
  2. ^ ESPN - More amazing stories to watch for - MLB

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