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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

City with most 50 home run seasons: New York!

Ten players seasons, 9 years, six players, two teams.


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 Babe Ruth 1920 54 25 NYY AL 142 616 458 158 172 36 9 135 150 80 3 5 14 14 .376 .532 .847 1.379 *978/3H1
2 Babe Ruth 1921 59 26 NYY AL 152 693 540 177 204 44 16 168 145 81 4 4 17 13 .378 .512 .846 1.359 *78/13
3 Babe Ruth 1927 60 32 NYY AL 151 691 540 158 192 29 8 165 137 89 0 14 7 6 .356 .486 .772 1.258 *97
4 Babe Ruth 1928 54 33 NYY AL 154 684 536 163 173 29 8 146 137 87 3 8 4 5 .323 .463 .709 1.172 *97
5 Mickey Mantle 1956 52 24 NYY AL 150 652 533 132 188 22 5 130 112 6 99 2 1 4 4 10 1 .353 .464 .705 1.169 *8/H
6 Mickey Mantle 1961 54 29 NYY AL 153 646 514 131 163 16 6 128 126 9 112 0 1 5 2 12 1 .317 .448 .687 1.135 *8/H
7 Roger Maris 1961 61 26 NYY AL 161 698 590 132 159 16 4 141 94 0 67 7 0 7 16 0 0 .269 .372 .620 .993 *98/H
8 Alex Rodriguez 2007 54 31 NYY AL 158 708 583 143 183 31 0 156 95 11 120 21 0 9 15 24 4 .314 .422 .645 1.067 *5/D
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Generated 8/12/2015.


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 Johnny Mize 1947 51 34 NYG NL 154 664 586 137 177 26 2 138 74 42 4 0 6 2 .302 .384 .614 .998 *3
2 Willie Mays 1955 51 24 NYG NL 152 670 580 123 185 18 13 127 79 13 60 4 0 7 12 24 4 .319 .400 .659 1.059 *8
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Generated 8/12/2015.

Ten years later playing his home games in San Francisco Mays, the all time Giant, would hit 52.

No 50 homer seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers (nor for the LA Dodgers either) or the New York Mets.  No other city is close.

Ironically, Ruth in all four and Mantle in 1961 led the league in BB.  All but Mantle in 1961 led in homers.


Johnny Mize,.Baseball Digest inside front cover, March 1948 via Wikimedia Commons
The two Giants had by far the fewest BB but also the fewest SO.  Mize is the only 50 HR hitter on any team with fewer SO than HR: 42 to 51.

Ruth led the league in SO twice.  Only Maris had a BA lower than .300.  Ruth was the only one with fewer than 500 AB; Maris had the most AB followed by the two Giants.

Eight of the nine years led the league in Runs and Home Runs; 7 of 9 RBI.

Ruth had 204 hits in 1921.

Maris will never be elected to the Hall of Fame.  Except for the active Rodriguez, all the others are in the Hall.  Yes, Rodriguez used PED and may never be elected.

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