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A-Rod en route to making history

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 05, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

ph_121347.jpgAlex Rodriguez has 48 homers, 125 runs scored and 134 RBI. It seems pretty safe to say that he’s going to end up with at least 50 homers, 130 runs and 140 RBI.

In the history of the Yankees, only Babe Ruth (1921, ’27 and ’28) and Roger Maris (1961) have ever done that.

Sammy Sosa (1998, 2001) and Mark McGwire (1998) are the most recent players to reach those plateaus. Before they injected himself into history, you have to go back to Maris. Prior to Maris, the last player to reach 50 HR/130 runs/140 RBI was Hank Greenberg in 1938.

As I was researching this on the great baseball-reference.com Play Index, I had to stop and marvel at what Hack Wilson did in 1930.

He went .356/.454/.723 with 146 runs scored, 97 extra-base hits, 105 walks and 191 RBI. I can’t imagine that ever happening again.

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