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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Most Home Runs 1971-1973 and 1966-1973.

Hank Aaron aged well.

Rk Player HR ▾ From To Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Willie Stargell 125 1971 1973 31-33 427 1784 1528 285 452 97 5 356 228 57 412 12 0 16 21 1 1 .296 .388 .611 .999 *73 PIT
2 Hank Aaron 121 1971 1973 37-39 388 1583 1336 254 399 44 4 291 231 49 164 4 0 11 33 6 2 .299 .401 .609 1.010 3/97 ATL
3 Bobby Bonds 98 1971 1973 25-27 468 2126 1888 359 522 95 13 278 209 19 422 14 1 14 31 113 31 .276 .351 .496 .847 *9/8 SFG
4 Lee May 96 1971 1973 28-30 443 1839 1690 237 469 72 8 301 128 24 402 8 0 13 39 7 2 .278 .329 .500 .829 *3 CIN-HOU
5 Johnny Bench 92 1971 1973 23-25 448 1917 1657 250 420 58 7 290 232 44 250 2 1 24 60 12 8 .253 .342 .463 .805 *2/9375 CIN
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/23/2013.

Aaron has by far the fewest at bats (AB) but the second most home runs (HR) 1971-1973.  All five batters are in the National League (NL) so to compare you can just get a ratio between AB and HR.  Aaron should lead.

Notice the ages.  Aaron is older by six to 14 years.

The Braves moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966 where Aaron played in a home park more conducive to HR hitting than his previous park.  Here are the top HR hitters 1966-1973.

Rk Player HR From To Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Hank Aaron 315 1966 1973 32-39 1158 4853 4208 771 1243 193 16 828 595 140 529 10 0 39 106 90 26 .295 .381 .573 .954 *93/784 ATL
2 Willie Stargell 262 1966 1973 26-33 1110 4488 3906 639 1118 209 21 775 495 134 968 38 8 41 76 10 5 .286 .369 .552 .920 *73/9 PIT
3 Harmon Killebrew 249 1966 1973 30-37 1099 4557 3674 579 952 139 11 741 826 113 693 16 0 41 132 12 10 .259 .394 .506 .900 *35/7D MIN
4 Willie McCovey 248 1966 1973 28-35 1050 4197 3442 565 976 159 21 724 684 183 602 31 2 38 65 10 8 .284 .403 .558 .961 *3 SFG
5 Dick Allen 238 1966 1973 24-31 1030 4329 3710 666 1096 185 46 711 577 104 966 10 5 27 89 85 36 .295 .389 .563 .952 357/468D PHI-STL-LAD-CHW
6 Frank Howard 238 1966 1973 29-36 1122 4456 3864 518 1058 143 15 653 548 105 833 22 0 23 150 5 5 .274 .365 .503 .869 *73/D9 WSA-TOT-DET
7 Billy Williams 235 1966 1973 28-35 1274 5546 4946 776 1469 224 52 798 531 110 491 24 2 43 110 40 19 .297 .365 .506 .871 *79/3 CHC
8 Frank Robinson 228 1966 1973 30-37 1077 4527 3817 681 1110 178 19 701 597 72 621 70 2 41 118 38 18 .291 .393 .527 .919 *97D/3 BAL-LAD-CAL
9 Carl Yastrzemski 209 1966 1973 26-33 1226 5236 4384 731 1265 223 18 721 801 83 538 14 2 34 106 91 61 .289 .397 .491 .888 *73/58 BOS
10 Lee May 204 1966 1973 23-30 1052 4302 3974 546 1094 204 17 652 264 51 863 32 3 29 101 21 23 .275 .323 .489 .813 *3/79 CIN-HOU
11 Ron Santo 200 1966 1973 26-33 1228 5186 4409 676 1238 185 31 766 686 57 759 23 7 61 149 17 23 .281 .376 .473 .849 *5/674 CHC
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/23/2013.

Aaron has by far the most HR but the fourth most AB, exceeded by the two Cubs and one Red Sox.  Reggie Jackson had 189 HR and Willie Mays 155 during those seasons.  Aaron is at least two years older than any of the ten other batters with at least 200 HR 1966-1973.

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