George Kottaras (Wikimedia Commons)
Canadian catcher George Kottaras of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first player in Major League Baseball to hit for the cycle this season Saturday night.
Kottaras, a 28 year-old catcher from Scarborough, Ontario, collected the four different hits in Milwaukee’s 8-2 trouncing over the Houston Astros.
With the win, the Brewers at 83-57 continue to lead the St. Louis Cardinals by 8.5 games in the National League Central.
On the year, Kottaras is batting .273, with four home runs and 14 runs batted in, in limited playing time. He has had only 88 at bats all season long in backing up Jonathan Lucroy, who has had a fine season himself, batting .275 with ten home runs and 54 runs batted in.
The first Canadian to hit for the cycle was George Wood of Pownal, Prince Edward Island, on June 18, 1883 for the Detroit Wolverines. He was followed by the great Tip O’Neill of Springfield, Ontario, who hit for the cycle twice in his career– on April 30, 1887 and May 7, 1887 for the Saint Louis Cardinals. It is amazing that O’Neill hit for the cycle twice in a week!