List: Top single game performances by Cincinnati athletes

CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 06: Scooter Gennett #4 of the Cincinnati Reds runs the bases as the crowd cheers after hitting his fourth in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Great American Ball Park on June 6, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Cincinnati single game greatness

This week is the anniversary (June 6, 2017) of what I believe is the greatest single game performance by a Cincinnati athlete: Scooter Gennett became the first Reds player to ever hit four home runs in a game and the first player in ML history to produce a game of five hits, four homers and 10 RBI.

He established club records for home runs (4) and total bases (17) and tied the club record for RBI (10,Walker Cooper, 7/6/1949 vs Cubs).

He became the 17th player in Major League history to produce four homers in a game and the sixth player in ML history to homer in four consecutive plate appearances in the same game.

Is it the greatest single game greatness by a Cincinnati athlete? 

What other performances would make the list? Not a performance for a season, or a week or even consecutive games. But one, single game.

Other candidates:

Tom Browning: Perfect game, 1988 vs Dodgers. 1 of 23 perfect games in MLB history. 

No-hitter: There have been 16 no-hitters in the history of the Reds.

Jim Maloney, Part 1: 10 inning no-hitter, 12 strikeouts, 10 walks in 1-0 win over Cubs, August 19, 1965.

Jim Maloney, Part 2: 18 strikeouts, 10 no-hit innings in complete game, 11 inning 1-0 loss to Mets, June 14, 1965. Lost no-hitter on Johnny Lewis home run in the top of the 11th inning.

Ron Villone:  2 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 5 walks, 16 strikeouts, complete game win in Reds 8-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals, at Busch Stadium, on September 29, 2000.  Villone went 3-for-4 and scored one run.

Three homers in a game: There have been 34 occasions of a Reds player (27 different) hitting three home runs in a game.

Joey Votto: 4 for 5, three home runs, walk-off grand slam to beat the Nationals, May 13, 2012.

Johnny Bench: The Hall of Fame catcher to be hit three home runs vs Hall of Fame pitcher to be Steve Carlton of the Phillies. Bench finished 3 for 4 with 7 RBI, May 9, 1973.

Art Shamsky: He homered three times in a game after entering the game in the 8th innings as part of a double-switch vs the Pirates on April 12, 1966. He homered in the 8th inning and then twice in extra innings. (He then pinch-hit and homered, two days later, to extend his streak to four consecutive plate appearances with a home run).

The cycle: Nine cycles in franchise history with Eric Davis the most recent, June 2, 1989 vs the Padres.

Two home runs by same player in an inning: Aaron Boone: August 9, 2002 vs Padres, Ray Knight: May 13, 1980 vs Mets

Switch-hit homers each side of the plate/same game: Pete Rose: August 30, 1967 and August 2, 1967. Javier Valentin: July 17, 2005.

Todd Frazier: Wins Home Run Derby at GABP during 2015 All-Star festivities.

Dave Parker:  5-for-5 (2 home runs, 1 double, 2 singles), 8 RBI, 4 runs scored in Reds 21-6 win over the Atlanta Braves, at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, on September 15, 1987.  With the Reds already ahead, 18-3, Parker was substituted out of the game in the middle of the seventh inning. 

Corey Dillon: 278 rushing yards, a then NFL record, vs the Broncos on October 22, 1999. Dillon's scoring runs of 65 and 41 yards in the final five minutes put him ahead of Walter Payton, who had 275.  Dillon's mark ranks 4th in NFL history, behind Adrian Peterson's 296 yards.

Boomer Esiason: Franchise record 490 yards passing vs LA Rams, October 7, 1990.

Carson Palmer: Franchise record six touchdown passes, September 16, 2007.

Ken Anderson: A then NFL record 20 consecutive pass completions vs the Oilers on Jan. 2, 1983.

A.J. Green: 10 catches for franchise record 227 yards vs Ravens on September 27, 2015.

Marvin Jones: Franchise record four touchdown catches and 122 yards in 49-9 win over Jets on October 28, 2013.

Gunner Kiel: The former No. 1 rated high school QB recruit, playing his first game in 1,029 days after transferring from Notre Dame, sets an FBS record with 6 TD passes in his college debut with the UC Bearcats. September 12, 2014 vs Toledo at Paul Brown Stadium. 

Hayden Moore: The UC freshman QB torched Memphis for 557 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 53-46 loss on September 23, 2015. He'd come off the bench to replace an injured Gunner Kiel.  

Oscar Robertson: He scored a UC record 62 points vs North Texas State February 8, 1960.

Steve Thomas: The Xavier Musketeer scored a school record 50 points vs Detroit on January 6, 1964. He also scored a Crosstown Shootout record vs UC on March 4, 1964.

Steve Logan: He scored a career-high 41 points to single handily outscore Southern Miss 41-37 in UC's 89-37 win on February 16, 2002. Logan was 12-of-18 from the field, including 8-of-13 on three-pointers.

Kenyon Martin: The eventual No. 1 pick in the country willed No. 2 ranked UC to a 17 point comeback win over DePaul. Down 10 points with 3:46 left in the game, Martin scored four consecutive baskets and 10 points to end the game. He scored 21 of his career high 33 points in the second half. The Bearcats were playing without suspended started Pete Mickeal. 

David West: The Musketeer scored 47 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to beat Dayton at Cintas Center on February 8, 2003. West was 15-of-26 from the field and 16-for-19 at the foul line in the game.

Trevon Bluiett: He scored 40 points on nine three-pointers in a January 26, 2017 Crosstown Shootout loss to UC.

Triple doubles: Five UC players have recorded triple-doubles in a game. Eric Hick was the most recent, posting 22 points, 12 rebounds and a school record-tying 10 blocks vs. Marquette on January 7, 2006. Three Xavier players have recorded triple-doubles in a game. Myles Davis the most recent, posting 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists vs Providence on February 18, 2016.

Djiby Fall: Set an FC Cincinnati record with four goals in a game on April 17, 2017 vs St. Louis FC.

Mitch Hildebrandt: His U.S Open Cup performance vs the MLS Fire last June 28. The FC Cincinnati goalkeeper stood on  his head before 32,000+ fans at Nippert and a national TV audience. Hildebrandt turned in a clean sheet that included turning back three Fire penalty kicks.  

What else? I can't list them all. Who else deserves consideration? 

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