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Wednesday, August 16, 2006


Stat Rat

Today we debut a section called "Stat Rat". My Uncle John often emails me some good stats, so I figured I could share them with everyone. In a pre-roid pitchers era, check out these stats on Babe Ruth:

In 1921, the Babe had a .378 BA, .512 on-base, .846 slugging, 177 runs, 204 hits, 44 doubles, 16 triples, 17 stolen bases, 59 hr, 171 rbi, 145 walks and only 80 strikeouts. Only two teams had more home runs than Babe this year. He hit a homerun every 9.1 plate appearances. When he hit 60 homeruns in 1927, no team in baseball combined to hit that many homers. Oh, and he was a .342 career hitter.

He also had a 94-46 record as a pitcher with a 2.28 career ERA. In 1916, he was 23-12 with a 1.75 ERA. The following year he was 24-13 with a 2.01 ERA. He also made 5 spot starts for the Yankees between 1920-1933, going 5-0.

Look at Gehrig & Ruth's combined number from the 3 & 4 slots in the 1927 season... Mind Blowing:

Ruth: .356 BA, .476 OBP, 60 HR, 164 RBI

Gehrig: .373 BA, .460 OBP, 47 HR, 175 RBI

*Note: That Yanks team had 7 Player batting over .300 (2 didn't play in the majority of the games), 4 players with .400+ OBP, and 4 players with 100+ RBI.
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