In 2011, Albert Pujols played in his ninth All-star game and lead the league in homers and RBIs. The Cardinals met the Texas Rangers in the World Series, and Albert Pujols, who went hitless in games 1 and 2, heated up in game 3 and hit 3 home runs.

  • 6th inning, towering 3-run shot to left field off of Alexi Ogando to give Cardinals 11-6 lead
  • 7th inning, 2-run homer to left-center off of Mike Gonzalez, score 14-6
  • 9th inning, solo shot to left-field off of Darren Oliver, score 16-7

In game 3, Pujols went 5-for-6, including 3 homers and 6 RBIs. Pujols became the third player to ever hit three home runs in a single World Series game. Babe Ruth had done so in 1926 and 1928, and Reggie Jackson did so in 1977. Pablo Sandoval has since joined the club, blasting 3 homers in a World Series game in 2012.

Pujols tied the records for most hits and RBIs in a World Series game, and set the record for most total bases (14).

The Cardinals would go on to win the World Series, the eleventh for the franchise, in 7 games.

Albert Pujols hits his first of three home runs in game 3.
Albert Pujols hits his first of three home runs in game 3.