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Upton brothers hit 100th career home runs on the same night

Aug 3, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

B.J. and Justin Upton AP AP

Here’s something pretty cool.

Justin Upton launched a long home run to left field off Phillies’ right-hander Kyle Kendrick in the top of the second inning tonight for the 100th home run of his career. Less than an hour later, his big brother B.J. Upton connected for a solo shot to center field off Orioles’ right-hander Tommy Hunter in the bottom of the fourth inning. And guess what? It was also his 100th career home run. Wild stuff.

You can watch video of Justin’s homer here and B.J.’s blast here. The brothers have actually made a habit out of this sort of thing, as Rays communication assistant Patrick Kurish passes along word that they have homered on the same day 13 times over the course of their careers, including 10 times since the start of 2011. They each launched their 99th career homers on July 20.

Per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Uptons are the sixth pair of brothers to reach the 100-home run plateau, joining Joe and Vince DiMaggio, Sandy and Roberto Alomar, Clete and Ken Boyer, Bret and Aaron Boone and Bob and Irish Muesel.

  1. DCBlueStar - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Pretty cool. Somehow I knew BJ would hit his 100th homer at home. Nice for the fans to see. Too bad I’ll be at tomorrow’s game, and missed it! … But whatever helps the team win, I’ll take it. Congrats BJ & Justin.

  2. antlerclaws - Aug 3, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    I calculated the odds of this happening; it was approximately 326 gazillion bazillion to one.

    • southofheaven81 - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      You forgot to carry the 5. The true calculation is 397 quadzillion to four.

      • Bryz - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM

        You can reduce that by at least a factor of 2. Maybe a factor of 4.

  3. sabatimus - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    This is pretty great. It’s gotta be the first time this has happened on the same DAY.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:54 PM

      That’s not true. The Giambi Brothers hit their 100th home runs on the same day….

      Ooh, no…wait….they hit their 100th Stanazol dealer on the same day.

      My bad.

      • sabatimus - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        Haahaha no surprise there :D

  4. stabonerichard - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Not as cool as the Griffeys going back-to-back but still awesome.

    • sabatimus - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

      That’s hard to beat, yes.

  5. Glenn - Aug 3, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    I’m pretty sure that A-Rod and his conjoined twin who lives in his anus have hit all of their home runs on the same day.

    • tfbuckfutter - Aug 3, 2012 at 11:00 PM

      Don’t talk about Derek Jeter that way.

  6. thefalcon123 - Aug 4, 2012 at 1:52 AM

    This is unspeakably awesome!

    Side note: Father’s and Sons seem to have a bit more success than brothers in baseball.
    List of Father/Son combos who each hit at least 100 home runs:

    Felipe Alou (206) and Moises Alou (303)
    Gus Bell (206) and Buddy Bell (201)
    Buddy Bell (201) and David Bell (123)
    Bobby Bonds (332) and Barry Bonds (762)
    Ray Boone (151) and Bob Boone (105)
    Bob Boone (105) and Bret Boone (252) and Aaron Boone (126)
    Jose Cruz (165) and Jose Cruz Jr. (204)
    Cecil Fielder (319) and Prince Fielder (248)
    Ken Griffey Sr (152) and Ken Griffey Jr (630)
    Gary Mathews Sr (234) and Gary Mathews Jr (108)
    Hal McRae (191) and Brian McCrae (103)

    Tony Armas Sr. hit over 100 home runs and his son has given up more than 100…so that counts too, right?

  7. baseballisboring - Aug 4, 2012 at 3:10 AM

    TEN times since the start of 2011? I mean, hitting their 100th homeruns on the same day is just an awesome piece of random variation. But homering on the same day ten times in the last year and a half is just odd.

  8. matt20hew - Aug 4, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Reblogged this on Today's News.

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