On July 20, when Yankee catcher Mike Stanley (above) hit his third grand slam in 21 days, he became the first American League catcher to hit three bases-loaded home runs in one season. Wes Westrum of the 1951 Giants and Del Crandall of the '55 Braves are the only catchers to have done it in the National League. What's more, in hitting all three grand slams at Yankee Stadium, Stanley broke a record that Lou Gehrig set in 1934: three slams at the stadium in 32 days.
At week's end Stanley, 30, had hit six home runs in 48 career at bats with the bases loaded; in all other situations combined, he had averaged one homer every 39.1 at bats. His home run ratio with the bases full was the best among the 41 active players with at least four grand slams, although his lead over teammate Danny Tartabull was narrow.
Despite having only 41 career homers through Sunday, Stanley had more grand slams than eight players who hit more than 300 home runs in their careers.
Mike Stanley, Yankees
Danny Tartabull, Yankees
Ken Griffey Jr., Mariners
Gary Redus, Rangers
Cecil Fielder, Tigers