On September 16, 1975, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rennie Stennett goes 7-for-7 in a 22-0 shellacking of the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, the most one-sided shutout since 1900.. Stennett establishes a new modern day record for most hits in a nine-inning game. Stennett also ties Wilbert Robinson’s 19th century record. In 1892, Robinson collected seven hits in one game.
Stennett hit a leadoff double to right field in the first inning off Cubs starter Rick Reuschel. The Pirates would bat around that inning, in his second at bat he lined a run-scoring single to right field off Reuschel’s replacement Tom Dettore.
Stennett’s third at-bat would come in the top of third inning. Facing Dettore for a second time he lined a ball to center field for a base hit.
In the fifth inning, Stennett would add another pair of hits, again leading off with a double – his third hit of the game off Dettore. Later in the inning, Stennett would ground a single through the right side for his fifth hit.
Facing Cubs pitcher Buddy Schultz, Stennett would ground a single to center for his sixth hit. in the 7th inning.
Prior to Stennett, 43 players in modern baseball history had recorded a 6-for-6 game, including Hall of Famers Ty Cobb and Paul Waner.
Stennett sought to join a club of his own, and he would make history in style.
With 2 outs in the 8th, Stennett slashed a triple to right field for his seventh and final hit of the game. He was removed for pinch-runner Willie Randolph, ending his day a perfect 7-for-7.
The final hit came off Paul Reuschel, Rick’s brother.