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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

30 homers, age 22 or younger

This is a complimentary post to:

30 homers, age 37 and older Tuesday, September 1, 2015

It's been done 39 times, including multiple times by some players... Age is determined before July 1...

Hank Aaron has the top: 47 at age 37 in 1971.  Aaron also has the biggest gap between homers and age: 10.  Also the biggest percentage difference: 27%.
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30 homers in a season for players 22 or younger has been done 37 times, including Bryce Harper this season.

Aaron's long time teammate on the Braves, Eddie Mathews, leads the young sluggers by matching Aaron at 47, career highs for each.  Mathews was only 21 years old, so also like Aaron he has the biggest gap between homers and age and biggest percent difference: 26 and 124%.

40 homers were hit seven times by the young sluggers.  Mathews was the only one who did it twice.  These players had career highs: DiMaggio, Bench, Ott; Bench hit exactly 40 at age 24 but neither DiMaggio nor Ott ever hit 40 again.  Ott is the youngest player ever to hit at least 40: age 20.

Young sluggers also on the old guys list: Frank Robinson and Ted Williams.

Two seasons by young sluggers: Pujols, Rodriguez, Horner, Mathews, Robinson, Stanton, Foxx, Canseco, Cabrera, Trout, Williams.

Two went on to hit at least 50 homers in a season:
Foxx: 58,50
Rodriguez: 57,54,52.

Led their league when 22 or younger in a 30 homer season:
HR: Mathews, DiMaggio, Bench, Gonzalez, Williams, Conigliaro.  Harper currently leading.
RBI: Bench, Williams, Trout (more than 150 but did not lead: DiMaggio, Foxx, Ott)
BB: Williams, Ott
HBP: Robinson
BA: Williams, Rodriguez, Pujols
OBP: Williams, Ott (Harper leading)
SLG: Williams, DiMaggio, Stanton, Powell (Harper leading)
OPS: Williams (Harper leading)

Six did it at age 20 with Conigliaro the only 20 year old leading the league: 32 in 1965.

Conspicuous by their absence:
Willie Mays: 41 in 1954, age 23; Mays missed all but 34 games in 1952 and all of 1953 in the Army.
Mickey Mantle: 37 in 1955, age 23

Both Mays and Mantle hit 50 homers for the first of two times at age 24:
Mays: 51 in 1955
Mantle 52 in 1956
Rk Player HR Year 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 Eddie Mathews 47 1953 21 MLN NL 157 681 579 110 175 31 8 135 99 83 2 1 6 1 3 .302 .406 .627 1.033 *5
2 Joe DiMaggio 46 1937 22 NYY AL 151 692 621 151 215 35 15 167 64 37 5 2 3 0 .346 .412 .673 1.085 *8/H
3 Johnny Bench 45 1970 22 CIN NL 158 671 605 97 177 35 4 148 54 9 102 0 1 11 12 5 2 .293 .345 .587 .932 *273/9H85
4 Juan Gonzalez 43 1992 22 TEX AL 155 632 584 77 152 24 2 109 35 1 143 5 0 8 16 0 1 .260 .304 .529 .833 *87/HD9
5 Alex Rodriguez 42 1998 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
6 Mel Ott 42 1929 20 NYG NL 150 675 545 138 179 37 2 151 113 38 6 10 6 .328 .449 .635 1.084 *9/84
7 Eddie Mathews 40 1954 22 MLN NL 138 600 476 96 138 21 4 103 113 61 2 3 7 9 10 3 .290 .423 .603 1.026 *57/H
8 Boog Powell 39 1964 22 BAL AL 134 506 424 74 123 17 0 99 76 6 91 2 2 2 9 0 0 .290 .399 .606 1.005 *7H/3
9 Frank Robinson 38 1956 20 CIN NL 152 667 572 122 166 27 6 83 64 7 95 20 8 4 14 8 4 .290 .379 .558 .936 *7/8H
10 Giancarlo Stanton 37 2012 22 MIA NL 123 501 449 75 130 30 1 86 46 9 143 5 0 1 5 6 2 .290 .361 .608 .969 *9/HD
11 Albert Pujols 37 2001 21 STL NL 161 676 590 112 194 47 4 130 69 6 93 9 1 7 21 1 3 .329 .403 .610 1.013 5379/HD
12 Ted Williams 37 1941 22 BOS AL 143 606 456 135 185 33 3 120 147 27 3 0 10 2 4 .406 .553 .735 1.287 *7H/9
13 Jimmie Foxx 37 1930 22 PHA AL 153 674 562 127 188 33 13 156 93 66 0 18 7 7 .335 .429 .637 1.066 *3
14 Mike Trout 36 2014 22 LAA AL 157 705 602 115 173 39 9 111 83 6 184 10 0 10 6 16 2 .287 .377 .561 .939 *8/D
15 Alex Rodriguez 36 1996 20 SEA AL 146 677 601 141 215 54 1 123 59 1 104 4 6 7 15 15 4 .358 .414 .631 1.045 *6/H
16 Bob Horner 35 1980 22 ATL NL 124 495 463 81 124 14 1 89 27 3 50 1 0 4 16 3 1 .268 .307 .529 .836 *5/H3
17 Hal Trosky 35 1934 21 CLE AL 154 685 625 117 206 45 9 142 58 49 2 0 2 2 .330 .388 .598 .987 *3
18 Giancarlo Stanton 34 2011 21 FLA NL 150 601 516 79 135 30 5 87 70 6 166 9 0 6 11 5 5 .262 .356 .537 .893 *9/H8D
19 Albert Pujols 34 2002 22 STL NL 157 675 590 118 185 40 2 127 72 13 69 9 0 4 20 2 4 .314 .394 .561 .955 *753/DH69
20 Miguel Cabrera 33 2005 22 FLA NL 158 685 613 106 198 43 2 116 64 12 125 2 0 6 20 1 0 .323 .385 .561 .947 *75/H
21 Miguel Cabrera 33 2004 21 FLA NL 160 685 603 101 177 31 1 112 68 5 148 6 0 8 20 5 2 .294 .366 .512 .879 *97/HD
22 Jose Canseco 33 1986 21 OAK AL 157 682 600 85 144 29 1 117 65 1 175 8 0 9 12 15 7 .240 .318 .457 .775 *79/HD
23 Bob Horner 33 1979 21 ATL NL 121 515 487 66 153 15 1 98 22 6 74 3 0 3 9 0 2 .314 .346 .552 .898 *53/H
24 Earl Williams 33 1971 22 ATL NL 145 550 497 64 129 14 1 87 42 5 80 7 0 4 11 0 1 .260 .324 .491 .815 253H
25 Jimmie Foxx 33 1929 21 PHA AL 149 638 517 123 183 23 9 118 103 70 2 16 9 7 .354 .463 .625 1.088 *3/5
Rk Player HR Year 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
26 Tony Conigliaro 32 1965 20 BOS AL 138 585 521 82 140 21 5 82 51 6 116 5 6 3 9 4 2 .269 .338 .512 .850 *9/8H
27 Bryce Harper 31 2015 22 WSN NL 123 526 422 92 139 30 1 77 98 12 107 4 0 2 10 6 4 .329 .458 .626 1.084 *9/8D
28 Andruw Jones 31 1998 21 ATL NL 159 631 582 89 158 33 8 90 40 8 129 4 1 4 10 27 4 .271 .321 .515 .836 *8/H
29 Jose Canseco 31 1987 22 OAK AL 159 691 630 81 162 35 3 113 50 2 157 2 0 9 16 15 3 .257 .310 .470 .780 *7D/H
30 Jason Thompson 31 1977 22 DET AL 158 668 585 87 158 24 5 105 73 2 91 1 0 9 15 0 1 .270 .347 .487 .834 *3
31 Jim Ray Hart 31 1964 22 SFG NL 153 625 566 71 162 15 6 81 47 4 94 4 2 6 13 5 2 .286 .342 .498 .840 *5/9H7
32 Frank Robinson 31 1958 22 CIN NL 148 623 554 90 149 25 6 83 62 5 80 7 0 0 13 10 1 .269 .350 .504 .854 *785/H
33 Ted Williams 31 1939 20 BOS AL 149 675 565 131 185 44 11 145 107 64 2 3 10 2 1 .327 .436 .609 1.045 *9
34 Mike Trout 30 2012 20 LAA AL 139 639 559 129 182 27 8 83 67 4 139 6 0 7 7 49 5 .326 .399 .564 .963 *87/9H
35 Ruben Sierra 30 1987 21 TEX AL 158 696 643 97 169 35 4 109 39 4 114 2 0 12 18 16 11 .263 .302 .470 .771 *9/8H
36 Pete Incaviglia 30 1986 22 TEX AL 153 606 540 82 135 21 2 88 55 2 185 4 0 7 9 3 2 .250 .320 .463 .783 *9D/H7
37 Jeff Burroughs 30 1973 22 TEX AL 151 605 526 71 147 17 1 85 67 3 88 1 0 11 8 0 0 .279 .355 .487 .842 *97/H3D
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Generated 9/1/2015.

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