ARLINGTON -- A day after Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols became the third player in Major League Baseball history to hit three homers in a World Series game, he said he spoke on the phone to the last giant who did it: Reggie Jackson.Jackson matched Babe Ruth with his three homers against the Dodgers in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Ruth accomplished the feat twice -- in 1926 and '28. Both of them did it playing for the Yankees. Pujols became the first National League player to bash three homers in a World Series game on Saturday night in his club's 16-7 Game 3 victory over Texas at Rangers Ballpark.
"I spoke to him early this morning," Pujols said of Jackson after the Rangers defeated the Cardinals, 4-0, in Game 4 to tie the best-of-seven Series at two games apiece. "It was real nice. He told me how blessed I was to be in the same realm as him and Babe Ruth. It was very complimentary. I really appreciated him taking the time. He didn't have to do that. It tells you what kind of person he is."Pujols had five hits and six RBIs in the game, the homers coming in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings. His four hits in four successive innings are a World Series record, as are his 14 total bases. His six RBIs matched a World Series record. Jackson, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, hit his three homers on successive pitches off three Dodgers hurlers in an 8-4 win that clinched the 1977 World Series title for the Yankees on Oct. 18 at the old Yankee Stadium. Jackson had five RBIs and 12 total bases in the game. Jackson, now a consultant for the Yankees, hit five homers in that series, a Fall Classic record at the time matched in 2009 by Phillies second baseman Chase Utley in a six-game Series loss to the Yankees. Nelson Cruz became the first player to hit six homers in a postseason series earlier this month during the Rangers' six-game victory over the Tigers in the American League Championship Series. Both of Ruth's homer barrages came against the Cardinals at old Sportsman's Park in St. Louis. The first, in 1926, happened in a 10-5 Game 4 victory. Ruth had four RBIs and 12 total bases in the game. The Yankees lost that series in seven games. In 1928, Ruth hit his trio of homers in Game 4 as the Yankees won the game, 7-4, and swept the series. All of them were solo shots, and Ruth again had 12 total sacks in the game. Ruth went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Game 5 of the 1926 World Series a day after he hit the three homers. Pujols went 0-for-4 on Sunday night.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.