Wednesday, September 03, 2014

In 1920, the Bambino inaugurated the Club 100/30


In 1919, George 'The Bambino' Herman Ruth, in his last year with the Boston Baseball Club, gave us a preview of things to come during the Roaring Twenties.

He connected 29 Home Runs and 114 Runs-Batted-In on that year.

Next year The Babe exploded! The Bambino would inaugurate, with a big flourish, the closely watched Club 100/30 statistic: One hundred or more runs batted in and thirty or more home runs during the regular baseball season.

It separates the average players from those who are outstanding.

Year, Home Runs, Runs Batted In ~ (With the New York Yankees)

1920, 54, 137
1921, 59, 171
1922, 35, 099 * 110 games; missed the 100/30 Club by one RBI.
1923, 41, 131
1924, 46, 121
1925, 25, 066 * 98 games.
1926, 47, 146
1927, 60, 164 * 151 games. Maris would need 161 games in 1961 to get to 61 HR's.
1928, 54, 142
1929, 46, 154
1930, 49, 153
1931, 46, 163
1932, 41, 137
1933, 34, 103

To this date, no one has done it more than twelve times. In my book, The Bambino is still the King of Swat. The dopeheads of the 1980's need an asterisk next to their "accomplishments."

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