August 25, 2011
On August 25th, 1995, Gregg Jefferies of the Phils hit for the cycle in a 17-4 win over the Dodgers. Here’s an article Frank Fitzpatrick wrote a few years ago about the feat.
Nomo couldn’t control his devastating split-fingered fastball that night, and the Phillies sat on his fastball. In the first inning, Jefferies deposited one in the right-field seats for a two-run homer.
Jim Eisenreich was on first and Mickey Morandini on third when Jefferies batted in the third. He sliced a ball to left that Dodgers outfielder Roberto Kelly dived for. It skipped past him, and Jefferies ended up at third with a triple.
“He got the two hardest parts [of the cycle] out of the way early,” Eisenreich said.
Righthander Jim Bruske replaced Nomo, and Jefferies singled off him in the fourth inning.
Then, batting righthanded for the first time that night, against lefty reliever John Cummings in the fifth inning, Jefferies lined a 2-2 pitch into the right-field corner, the double giving the Phillies their first cycle in 5,107 games.
“The cycle,” Jefferies said later, “is just pure luck.”
It got me wondering what other Phils accomplished this rare feat. And then I found something mindblowing about the Philadelphia A’s and the cycle. Here’s the list, followed by the crazy A’s fun fact.
As for the A’s fun fact: Not only did they have more cycles in 54 years of existence (10) than the Phillies have had in 128 years of existence (8), in a span of 2 weeks in 1931 3 different Athletics hit for the cycle! Between August 2nd and August 14th, 1931, Mickey Cochrane, Pinky Higgins, and Jimmie Foxx all performed this rare feat.