Hank Aaron has the most career home runs, Ty Cobb is the batting average leader, Pete Rose has the most hits, and Cy Young tops pitchers in all-time wins. Big stats, most people seem to know them. But I think there are plenty of important records out there that aren’t quite as recognized. Let us now look at just a few.
You know, I’ve always felt like the best power hitters should be putting up big doubles numbers, turning bad pitches into good hits, rather than just hitting home runs and striking out. To me, a double is a big time hit. So who holds the doubles records? Earl Webb has the single season mark with 67 in 1931 and Tris Speaker’s 792 lead Major League history.
Well if doubles are hot stuff, triples should be 1.25 times as good, right? So who is chief of the three-bagger? It’s Chief Wilson, of course, with 36 in 1912. Sam Crawford is the all-time leader with 309.
In this day and age, with so much importance placed on On-Base Percentage, isn’t it nice to know that Barry Bonds is not the career leader? Ted Williams edges him out, .482 to .474.
We all know that the name of the game is scoring runs, so who has done that better than anyone else? Slidin’ Billy Hamilton has for a single season. He scored 198 runs in 1894. In fact, 7 out of the top 10 single season runs leaders played in what we now consider the Dead Ball Era. Funny so many runs were scored. But it is a much more recent player who had enough longevity to cross the plate more than anyone else in the history of the game. Rickey Henderson did it 2295 times.
Cal Ripken, Jr. is widely known as the Iron Man, who has played in more consecutive games than anyone else, but who has played in the most games total? In a landslide, the answer is Pete Rose with 3562. Carl Yastrzemski is second with 3308.
And now some incredibly important, yet less acknowledged records have been recognized. I’ve done my duty for the day. Good night everybody!