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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ernie Banks in memoriam: Mr.Cub's home runs in detail and perspective.

Ernie Banks, Hopeful Mr. Cub, Dies at 83; His Mantra Was ‘Let’s Play 2’
By RICHARD GOLDSTEINJAN. 23, 2015  The New York Times

... the greatest power-hitting shortstop of the 20th century ...

most valuable player in the National League in 1958 and 1959, the first to win the (NL) award in consecutive years, although the Cubs finished tied for fifth place each time ...

... elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977, his first year of eligibility.

Banks became the Cubs’ first black player on Sept. 17, 1953, six years after Jackie Robinson broke the modern major league color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers...

Presidential Medal of Freedom ... 2013 ...

Banks was the ninth player in major league history to hit 500 home runs, and when he retired after the 1971 season, his 293 home runs as a shortstop and his 47 homers in 1958 were career and single-season records for that position, marks eclipsed by Alex Rodriguez.
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Positions: First Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 1", Weight: 180 lb.

Born: January 31, 1931 in Dallas, TX (Age 83.358)
High School: Booker T. Washington HS (Dallas, TX)
School: University of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs in 1953.
Debut: September 17, 1953 (Age 22.229, 8,657th in MLB history)
Team: Cubs 1953-1971
Last Game: September 26, 1971 (Age 40.238)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1977 (321/383 ballots).

50% of games at SS, HR>=40:


Rk Player Year HR Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Ernie Banks 1955 44 24 CHC NL 154 646 596 98 176 29 9 117 45 6 72 2 0 3 16 9 3 .295 .345 .596 .941 *6
2 Ernie Banks 1957 43 26 CHC NL 156 673 594 113 169 34 6 102 70 11 85 3 2 5 12 8 4 .285 .360 .579 .939 *65
3 Ernie Banks 1958 47 27 CHC NL 154 682 617 119 193 23 11 129 52 12 87 4 1 8 14 4 4 .313 .366 .614 .980 *6
4 Ernie Banks 1959 45 28 CHC NL 155 671 589 97 179 25 6 143 64 20 72 7 2 9 18 2 4 .304 .374 .596 .970 *6/H
5 Ernie Banks 1960 41 29 CHC NL 156 678 597 94 162 32 7 117 71 28 69 4 0 6 14 1 3 .271 .350 .554 .904 *6
6 Rico Petrocelli 1969 40 26 BOS AL 154 643 535 92 159 32 2 97 98 13 68 1 3 6 12 3 5 .297 .403 .589 .992 *6/5
7 Alex Rodriguez 1998 42 22 SEA AL 161 748 686 123 213 35 5 124 45 0 121 10 3 4 12 46 13 .310 .360 .560 .919 *6/D
8 Alex Rodriguez 1999 42 23 SEA AL 129 572 502 110 143 25 0 111 56 2 109 5 1 8 12 21 7 .285 .357 .586 .943 *6
9 Alex Rodriguez 2000 41 24 SEA AL 148 672 554 134 175 34 2 132 100 5 121 7 0 11 10 15 4 .316 .420 .606 1.026 *6
10 Alex Rodriguez 2001 52 25 TEX AL 162 732 632 133 201 34 1 135 75 6 131 16 0 9 17 18 3 .318 .399 .622 1.021 *6/D
11 Alex Rodriguez 2002 57 26 TEX AL 162 725 624 125 187 27 2 142 87 12 122 10 0 4 14 9 4 .300 .392 .623 1.015 *6/H
12 Alex Rodriguez 2003 47 27 TEX AL 161 715 607 124 181 30 6 118 87 10 126 15 0 6 16 17 3 .298 .396 .600 .995 *6/HD
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Generated 1/24/2015.

Banks had the first five of twelve occurrences, including four consecutive .  Rodriguez did it six consecutive after which he switched to third base to accommodate Derek Jeter after Rodriguez was traded from the Rangers to the Yankees.  In 2004 Rodriguez hit 36 home runs.

Let's see the impact of their home parks.


homehomehomeroadroadroaddifdif pctteam
NameYearHRABAB/HRHRABAB/HRHRABAB/HRAB/HRAB/HR
Banks19554459613.552628510.961831117.286.3257.62%Cubs
Banks19574359413.812528011.201831417.446.2455.75%Cubs
Banks19584761713.133030010.001731718.658.6586.47%Cubs
Banks19594558913.092428711.962130214.382.4220.26%Cubs
Banks19604159714.561829916.612329812.96-3.65-22.00%Cubs
Bankstot5129,42018.402904,73416.322224,68621.114.7829.31%Cubs
Petrocelli19694053513.382225911.771827615.333.5630.24%Red Sox
Rodriguez19984268616.331834319.062434314.29-4.76-25.00%Mariners
Rodriguez19994250211.952025012.502225211.45-1.05-8.36%Mariners
Rodriguez20004155413.511326520.382828910.32-10.06-49.37%Mariners
Rodriguez20015263212.152631312.042631912.27.231.92%Rangers
Rodriguez20025762410.95343139.212331113.524.3246.88%Rangers
Rodriguez20034760712.912630911.882129814.192.3119.40%Rangers
YearHRABAB/HRHRABAB/HRHRABAB/HRAB/HRAB/HR

The friendly confines of Wrigley Field in Chicago obviously helped Banks more than Fenway Park helped Rico Petrocelli (OPS+ 168 in 1969; Banks top: 156 in 1959) and more than the Texas home park helped Rodriguez, who was hurt by his Seattle home park.  So what?  Who doesn't love Ernie Banks?

Banks suddenly jumped from 19 home runs in his 1954 Rookie of the Year season to 44.

Does Rico Petrocelli make us stupid?  Monday, June 3, 2013

When Ricco suddenly jumped from 12 to 40 we all attributed it to his playing his home games in Fenway Park with that silly left field wall.

If we had given it a second thought we could have reasoned as follows.

How many HR could he have reasonably hit at home?  Let's say a whopping 25.  That would still leave 15 on the road.  Prior to that Ricco's previous high for an entire season had been 18.  So obviously something more than the Green Monster in Fenway Park was involved.
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After leading the league in home runs in 1960 Banks never led in anything ever again.  He played one more season at SS: 29 homers in 511 AB, All Star.  In 1962 Banks switched to first base and was replaced at SS by Andre Rodgers: 5 HR in 461 AB.

In ranking Jeter, why ignore Banks, Yount, Rodriguez?  Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ernie Banks, Robin Count and Alex Rodriguez were all MVP shortstops, Banks twice, before changing positions in the middle of their careers: Banks to first, Yount to center (another MVP), Rodriguez to third (two more MVP).

In all the adulation and evaluation of Derek Jeter, who has played the field only at shortstop, why not include the shortstop portions of those three careers?  ...

Let's compare the truncated shortstop careers of these players to Jeter...

Rodriguez and Banks are the best hitters.
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500 home run club through 1971, the last season for Ernie Banks:


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 Babe Ruth 714 1914 1935 19-40 2504 10622 8399 2174 2873 506 136 2214 2062 1330 43 113 2 123 117 .342 .474 .690 1.164 971/8H3 BOS-NYY-BSN
2 Willie Mays 646 1951 1971 20-40 2838 11948 10428 2003 3178 502 139 1856 1377 186 1431 42 8 90 235 333 98 .305 .385 .565 .951 *8H/39675 NYG-SFG
3 Hank Aaron 639 1954 1971 20-37 2715 11698 10447 1901 3272 562 95 1960 1098 255 1159 29 19 105 275 234 70 .313 .377 .569 .945 *9873/H45 MLN-ATL
4 Mickey Mantle 536 1951 1968 19-36 2401 9907 8102 1676 2415 344 72 1509 1733 126 1710 13 14 47 113 153 38 .298 .421 .557 .977 *8397H/645 NYY
5 Jimmie Foxx 534 1925 1945 17-37 2317 9676 8134 1751 2646 458 125 1922 1452 1311 13 71 69 87 73 .325 .428 .609 1.038 *35H2/7916 PHA-BOS-CHC-PHI
6 Ted Williams 521 1939 1960 20-41 2292 9788 7706 1798 2654 525 71 1839 2021 86 709 39 5 20 197 24 17 .344 .482 .634 1.116 *79H/1 BOS
7 Harmon Killebrew 515 1954 1971 18-35 1999 8260 6821 1148 1790 248 21 1380 1325 136 1418 45 0 67 200 18 15 .262 .383 .531 .914 537/H49 WSH-MIN
8 Ernie Banks 512 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10394 9421 1305 2583 407 90 1636 763 198 1236 70 45 96 229 50 53 .274 .330 .500 .830 36/H57 CHC
9 Eddie Mathews 512 1952 1968 20-36 2391 10100 8537 1509 2315 354 72 1453 1444 107 1487 26 36 58 123 68 39 .271 .376 .509 .885 *53/H7 BSN-MLN-ATL-HOU-DET
10 Mel Ott 511 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11348 9456 1859 2876 488 72 1860 1708 896 64 109 82 89 .304 .414 .533 .947 *95H8/74 NYG
11 Frank Robinson 503 1956 1971 20-35 2329 9900 8468 1598 2555 461 68 1554 1158 189 1241 176 14 85 232 196 71 .302 .393 .550 .944 *9738/H5 CIN-BAL
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Generated 1/24/2015.

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