The Saddest Club of All: The 99ers

Albert Pujols' drove in 99 runners in his final season which was the only time he didn't top 100. (via Dirk Hansen)

Albert Pujols had 99 RBIs in his final season with the Cardinals. (via Dirk Hansen)

Readers of The Hardball Times and the diary under my mattress know that I am helplessly devoted to the baseball dreamboat known as Adrian Beltre. It was with great joy and many huzzahs, therefore, that I watched Beltre swat a two-run homer against the Athletics on Sept. 23 to notch not only his 99th RBI of the season but also his 100th.

Players say numbers don’t matter. Players are liars.

Numbers matter, and that one RBI dividing double digits from triple is of key aesthetic importance. Those three wee numbers — one zero zero — fare immutable and beautiful on the back of a baseball card.

Beltre himself knows the sting of 99. As a Mariner in 2004, back when he hit through a marine layer made entirely of cream of mushroom soup and toward outfield fences erected 2,000 miles away near the Aleutian Islands, he needed just one RBI in the final six games but got none, lining out in his last at-bat. Ouch.

He wasn’t the first, or the last, to become a 99er.

In 2015, Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper each entered the final day needing one RBI.

“Of course everybody wants to have the round numbers and make it look all pretty,” Bryant would say, truthfully, in 2016. “Last year after we kind of clinched a spot in the playoffs and I was looking at the scoreboard and seeing 98 and 99 RBIs, I put so much pressure on myself.”

Though both players joined the club that day, Bryant would earn Rookie of the Year and Harper MVP. For 99ers, there are happy endings. They’re just really rare.

Eddie Murray

Entering the stretch run in 1979, Eddie Murray had a hundred right in front of him. His three-run homer on Sept. 13 had given him 94 RBIs, and after stroking an RBI double the next day, he looked primed for his first century mark. He needed five ribeyes in the final fortnight. He could smell those steaks. In his previous two years, he’d notched 88 and 95.

But Steady Eddie began to wobble, going without an RBI in his next five games. It wasn’t his fault. Teammates weren’t getting on base. In a 7-3 loss to Cleveland on Sept. 22, he posted four hits but just one RBI. Ahead of him in the Orioles lineup, Mark Belanger, Ken Singleton and pinch runner/right fielder Mark Corey went a combined 0-for-8.

On Sept. 26, while sitting at 97 RBIs, he homered against Detroit. Like his homer six days prior, it led off an inning. In each case, teammate Ken Singleton had made an out to end the previous inning. And Singleton would post a .405 on-base percentage that year.

Timing, indeed, is everything.

In the final game and needing one RBI, Murray went hitless before singling in the eighth. Alas, he had led off the inning again. In the bottom of the ninth, with the O’s leading, 5-4, the RBI Gods intervened. The Indians tied the score and the game went into extra innings. In the 10th, Corey singled and stole second. What more could a guy want than a fast runner in scoring position? Kerplunk. Murray popped out. The Indians walked it off in the 11th.

A Hardball Times Update
Goodbye for now.

Slated to bat third in the 12th: Eddie Murray.

Mickey Mantle

For all his Mickey Mantle-ness, Mickey Mantle posted just four 100-RBI seasons.

For comparison, note that Albert Belle, for all his Albert Belle-ness, had nine.

One reason for Mantle’s failure to reach five? It came in 1955. While legging out a bunt single in late September, he strained a hammy and left the game. Five days earlier he had notched his 99th RBI. Now he would miss the next seven games. He returned on the final day, in a doubleheader against Boston. In the fourth inning of game one, with the bases loaded and one out, he pinch hit. Standing on third base was Marv Throneberry. Though he had entered as a pinch runner, Marvelous Marv was hardly a thoroughbred. Across his seven-year career, he would steal three bases. Still, he represented Mantle’s 100th.

The Mick needed only a dink, a flare, a fly. He got it, sending a high drive to the Boston left fielder. It wasn’t deep enough, however, to plate Throneberry.

The left fielder? Faye Throneberry, brother of Marv.

Three years earlier, in 1952, Faye had thrown out nine runners in 86 games. In fact, the Boston Herald had noted that Faye had “a much stronger arm than Ted.” So, who knows? If Ted Williams had been playing in place of Faye Throneberry, Mantle might have gotten 100.

Harold Baines

Harold Baines posted 28 RBIs in September 1983.

In October he needed one more, and had two games to get it.

Oct. 1: In the fourth inning, the RBI Gods began to arrange things. Facing Mariners starter Matt Young, Chicago’s Carlton Fisk hit a grounder to third baseman Darnell Coles. He booted it. Tom Paciorek then hit another grounder to Coles. He booted that one, too.

Baines stepped to the plate. Paciorek stole second base. With a blooper or bleeder, Baines could notch not only his 100th RBI but also his 101st, securing the notion that he hadn’t crawled to 100 but had leapt beyond it.

Young delivered a wild pitch. Oof!

Fisk’s run had erased Baines’ shot at 101, but 100 remained a possibility in the form of Paciorek on third base. Baines needed a hit. Instead he whiffed.

The RBI Gods didn’t surrender. Paciorek doubled to lead off the sixth and went to third on Greg Luzinski’s sac fly. Baines stepped in with one out, but reliever Gene Nelson issued an intentional walk. Would Baines get another chance?

He would! The Gods had plans!

In the seventh, Paciorek stood on second after a double. Just 180 feet separated Baines from his 100th. Once again, the pitcher — in this case, Ed Nunez — intentionally walked him.

Still, after all these failures, the RBI Gods kept scheming. In the ninth, Baines stepped to the plate with one out and runners on first and second. Falling prey to the RBI Imps, he flew out. Ron Kittle then delivered a three-run homer to claim RBIs 97, 98 and 99 for himself.

Baines had company — on his own team.

Oct. 2: Hitless in two at-bats, Baines stepped to the plate in the sixth with Fisk on second. He promptly grounded out. The grounder did move Fisk to third base, though, and when Kittle delivered an infield single, Fisk scored.

A White Sox player had notched his 100th RBI, at last.

Baines would whiff in his final at-bat. It didn’t matter. Ahead of him, Mike Squires had been thrown out trying to stretch a leadoff double into a triple. Even the Gods had given up.

Ty Cobb

You don’t think of Ty Cobb as an RBI guy — great hitter, sure, but run producer?

In fact, Cobb led the AL in RBIs four times and posted seven 100-RBI seasons. He could’ve had nine. All he needed were two well-timed RBIs. On Sept. 25, 1915, Cobb logged his 99th RBI despite going hitless. Then the opposite happened — he got hits without plating a run. In the final three games he went 5-for-13 but posted no RBIs.

Another culprit: manager Hughie Jennings. On Sept. 27, he replaced Cobb in the lineup after two at-bats. Another culprit: record-keeping. It appears that in some of Cobb’s 156 games, the scorekeeper didn’t account for RBIs.

Record-keeping had improved by 1922, when all of Cobb’s 137 games were noted in the RBI column. With an RBI single in the penultimate game, he logged his 99th. He needed one more for his second straight 100-RBI year. Then in the final game, the manager lifted Cobb again, this time after one at-bat. Why did the skipper lift Cobb? One reason was that the skipper was Cobb himself, and Cobb probably placed more emphasis on a .400 batting average than on 100 RBIs. His first-inning single had put him at .401. He would stay there.

Mark McGwire

Coming off a 118-RBI season when he won AL Rookie of the Year, Big Mac entered 1988 with designs on debunking the “sophomore slump.” Triple-digit RBIs would help. The problem? He had two games to get five RBIs. In the third inning in game 161 he got his chance. Facing the Brewers’ Teddy Higuera with runners on first and second, he hit a deep drive to right field. Slow of foot, ironically named Rob Deer tracked it down. In the sixth, McGwire hit a two-run dinger, putting him at 97. In the seventh, with runners at second and third, he singled to center field. Dave Henderson scored from third. Behind him, Stan Javier headed for home. In center, Robin Yount fielded the ball and unleashed a throw to the plate….

The following day, in game 162, McGwire singled in the eighth to plate Lance Blankenship. Yount fielded the ball and threw it to second base. Had he done so a day earlier instead of throwing out Javier, McGwire would have finished with 100.

Arky Vaughan

Arky Vaughan never reached 100 RBIs. In 1935, he got as close as a guy can get.

Entering the final day, he sat at 98 ribeyes. In the first inning of that final day, his groundout scored the runner from third. He now had 99 steaks, with eight innings to go. He got his chance in the eighth: Teammate Paul Waner stood at third with no outs. All Arky needed was a bleeder, a flare, an infield chopper. He got none of those things.

But wait! His Pirates still had one more game! — the second of the doubleheader!

But no.

Manager Pie Traynor, for whatever reason, held Arky out of the lineup. As a player, Traynor enjoyed seven 100-RBI seasons. He couldn’t have let his shortstop go for one?

Jim Ray Hart

Jim Ray Hart had a lot of talent and just as much bad luck, at least when it came to counting stats. In the 1965 through 1967 seasons, he posted RBI totals of 96, 93 and 99.

Hart entered the final game of 1967 with 99 ribbies, but skipper Herman Franks held his third baseman out of the lineup. In the seventh, with the game scoreless and runners on first and second, Franks sent Hart to pinch hit. Here was his chance. On second base stood Downtown Ollie Brown. He wasn’t the fastest guy, having been thrown out on both stolen base attempts that year. The other problem? Hart was facing future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who had struck out nine and allowed four hits and one run, unearned.

The outcome? Hart whiffed. He didn’t get his 100th RBI but did get his 100th strikeout.

Albert Pujols

Entering the final game of 2011, Albert Pujols needed two RBIs to notch his 11th straight 100-RBI season. He got a good start with a run-scoring single in the first. But the Cardinals weren’t playing for Pujols and his RBI string; they were playing for the Cardinals, gunning for the playoffs. And so Allen Craig, despite his chance to score, was held at third.

It worked. The Cardinals staged a five-run rally, won the game and made the playoffs.

In the ninth, Craig was a factor again. With one out and hitting ahead of Pujols, he represented his teammate’s 100th RBI in the form of a potential runner. He just needed to get on base. Instead he homered. Pujols, too, would need a solo shot.

He flied out. Season over, RBI string gone.

So, Allen Craig was to blame, yes? Not so fast.

A day earlier, Pujols sent a fly ball to right field in the first inning. David Freese tagged at third. Right fielder Brian Bogusevic caught the ball and fired to catcher J.R. Towles, who tagged Freese out at home plate. So, David Freese was to blame, yes? Not so fast.

Hank Sauer

Hank Sauer had posted just 16 RBIs in 42 games before the Reds traded him to the Cubs on June 15, 1949. He would post 80 in his next 95 games for the Cubs. Perhaps Cincinnati should have known better than to trade the left fielder for Peanuts Lowrey and Harry “The Hat” Walker. After all, Sauer had posted 97 RBIs the season before.

Now, with the Cubs, he entered the final game needing four RBIs. His manager, Frankie Frisch, understood. Frisch had posted exactly 100 RBIs 28 years earlier with an RBI single off future Hall of Famer Burleigh Grimes in the final game. In the ninth, teammates Herman Reich and Roy Smalley singled with two outs to give Sauer another at-bat. He took advantage, clubbing a home run off Cardinals starter Howie Pollet. It wasn’t enough.

The Gods couldn’t rig a grand slam.

Dave Kingman

In 1982, with the Mets, Dave Kingman notched RBI 98 in game 152. He needed two RBIs in the final 10 games to reach 100, a feat he had achieved just once despite clubbing 329 homers in 12 seasons. Then, suddenly, he went cold, going the next eight games without an RBI. In the penultimate game, against the Phillies, he plated George Foster with a fourth-inning single to notch RBI 99. Leading off the eighth, he needed a homer. Instead he K’ed.

In the bottom of the ninth, it appeared he might get another chance. Tied 3-3, the game looked primed for extra innings: two outs, full count on the batter. That batter, however, was Pete Rose, and his double plated the winning run. Kong would have one more game.

It would come against Steve Carlton. The result: three outs in his first three at-bats.

In the eighth, however, the RBI Gods gifted Kong another chance. Pinch hitter Bob Bailor reached on an Ivan de Jesus error and moved to second base on Ron Gardenhire’s single.

With a runner in scoring position, Kingman might owe his 100th RBI to an E6.

Thank you, de Jesus!

No. He popped up to the first baseman: Pete Rose.

Thanks a lot, Charlie Hustle.

Darryl Strawberry

Darryl Strawberry played only eight games in June 1991 due to injury. Now in late September, he was paying the time-missed penalty in the form of a mad dash for 100. After posting six RBIs in four games, he needed one in the final two. He didn’t get it in the penultimate game. In the final game, he was set to face Giants starter Trevor Wilson.

Bad news: Wilson, like Strawberry, was a lefty.

Through eight innings, Wilson had pitched a one-hitter. That hit: a bloop single.

To begin the ninth, Wilson struck out Brett Butler on three pitches. Mike Sharperson stepped to the plate, Strawberry to the on-deck circle. On a full count, Sharperson doubled. Sharperson had stolen just one base on the season year but 15 the season before.

Would he have speed enough to score on a liner to the outfield?

It wouldn’t matter. Strawberry whiffed.

Each season’s end is a cause for retrospection. In the first inning of the season’s first game, facing Atlanta’s John Smoltz, Strawberry grounded out. No big deal, right? Let’s back up. Butler had singled to open the inning, and Smoltz had balked him to second. Next, Juan Samuel had bunted Butler to third, meaning an otherwise harmless groundout would give Strawberry his first RBI. Butterfly effect, alternate timelines and all that, but let’s review.

If Smoltz doesn’t balk, Strawberry doesn’t get the RBI. If he doesn’t get the RBI, he finishes the season with 98, not 99. For Strawberry, it might have made the season’s RBI total easier to bear, but it would have made his career total harder to bear. Why? Because he would have finished not at 1,000 but at 999.

Howard Johnson

On the final day of the 1987 season, the Mets had four players in the starting lineup — Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry, Kevin McReynolds and Howard Johnson — who were or would become 99ers, plus another, Kevin Elster, on the bench. Also in the lineup was Gary Carter, who had finished the 1985 season with exactly 100 RBIs. As for Johnson, he entered the day needing one ribbie to join Carter in the Century Club. Hitless in his first three at-bats, he stepped up in the ninth with no outs and pinch-runner Keith Miller on first. Were the RBI Gods smiling? Miller had wheels; he’d stolen 28 bases in the minors one season and had a good shot at scoring on an extra-base hit. Facing the Cards’ Bill Dawley, Johnson stroked a double to right field. The speedy Miller rounded second and headed for third!

He stayed there.

It led to a five-run inning. McReynolds, who would become a 99er the following season, made the final out with Strawberry on second base. On-deck? Howard Johnson.

Dusty Baker and Davey Johnson

In 1973, Dusty Baker and Davey Johnson were teammates gunning for 100 on the final day. With Braves teammate Hank Aaron on first base in the first inning, Baker walked. Hitting behind Baker, Johnson grounded out. With Aaron again on first base in the fourth, Baker whiffed and Johnson flied out. With Aaron again on first in the sixth, Baker grounded into a double play and Johnson flied out. At last, in the ninth, Baker launched a triple.

This time, Aaron wasn’t on base.

Needing a blooper, a flare, a sac fly to make Baker jealous of his 100th, Johnson popped out.

Neither player would ever reach 100, or even come as close.

Lee May, et al

Eddie Murray wasn’t the only O to cry 99 tears.

If a player wanted to avoid the 99 virus, he’d have been smart to play anywhere but Baltimore. In the final game of 1964, Boog Powell stepped up in the bottom of the 10th with his 100th RBI on second base, but Tigers pitcher Fred Gladding proved uncooperative by intentionally walking Boog. On Sept. 24, 1971, Frank Robinson hit a three-run homer off Sam McDowell to notch his 99th RBI. He had a week to get one more. In the final game and still needing the RBI, he stepped up in the eighth and flied out with a runner on first. Robinson could console himself with the knowledge that his 99 RBIs had led the league.

Poor Lee May. Not only did he post 98 RBIs twice, he posted 99 twice. Give him four RBIs, apportion them strategically, and he’d own seven 100-RBI seasons. He entered the final game of 1977 with 97 RBIs. In the third inning, with Ken Singleton on first, he posted RBIs 98 and 99 with a homer. In the seventh, Singleton gave May another shot with a two-out single. May whiffed. In the ninth, Al Bumbry led off with a double and moved to third on a groundout, creating an RBI opportunity for Singleton. Instead, Boston’s Bob Stanley intentionally walked him to bring up May. With his 100th RBI 90 feet away, May hit a nubber in front of the plate. Bumbry sped for home as catcher Carlton Fisk sprang for the ball. He fielded it, lunged and tagged Bumbry, stealing May’s 100th by a fraction.

Also finishing with 99 RBIs? Ken Singleton.

Hitting behind May, Eddie Murray singled to plate RBI 88.

Two years hence, Murray himself would become a 99er.

The 99er club is an old one. In 1887, Joe Werrick of Louisville and Oyster Burns of — yep — Baltimore became charter members. In 1888, Dave Foutz of the Brooklyn Bridegrooms joined the club. Having posted 108 RBIs a year prior, he must have felt the pain.

In 1898, Boston Beaneaters shortstop Herman Long notched 99 RBIs but eased the sting a year later by posting exactly 100 RBIs. John Anderson became the first 99er of the new century when he did it for the Brewers in 1901, and in 1911 Fred Luderus reached 99 in part by becoming the first Phillie to hit two homers in one game. He should have hit three.

The year 1922 was big for 99ers. Tillie Walker, Carson Bigbee, Ray Grimes and Cobb each hit the mark. As for Walker, he went into the final day with 98 RBIs and homered, a solo job. Bigbee? The Pirates outfielder had the misfortune of facing Reds great Eppa Rixey in the final game. He went 0-for-3. Ray Grimes, nicknamed Bummer, entered the final game needing two RBIs. The Cubs first baseman managed an RBI single in four at-bats. Bummer.

The club didn’t close with Grimes.

In 1963, Ron Santo needed one RBI in the final game but didn’t get it. The reason was named Warren Spahn. In the final game of 1971, Willie Montanez’ 30th homer gave him 99 RBIs; later, his whiff left him there. In 1985, Cecil Cooper notched his 99th in Milwaukee’s 155th game. He then went 0-for-22 in the next five games. In the final game he got a gift: Boston catcher Rich Gedman had Paul Molitor picked off but threw the ball away. Molitor advanced to third. Cooper then hit a hard liner; second baseman Marty Barrett snared it.

Kevin Elster entered the final game of 1996 as an unlikely 100-RBI candidate. The shortstop had accrued just nine RBIs in his previous three major league seasons combined. Needing three RBIs to join Texas teammates Juan Gonzalez, Dean Palmer and Rusty Greer in the Century Club, Elster got a pair with a homer in the sixth. In need of a solo dinger in the eighth, he grounded out. A day prior, he had scored on a sac fly to give Greer his 100th RBI.

Carlos Delgado entered the final game of 2004 with 98 RBIs and logged one more on a sac fly. In the bottom of the ninth, with his Jays trailing the Yankees, 3-2, teammate Vernon Wells hit a deep drive to right field. Would it fall for a double? Nope. Right fielder Kenny Lofton tracked and caught it. Delgado finished the game, and the season, on-deck.

Likewise on-deck, in the sixth inning of 2009’s final game, David Ortiz watched as Jed Lowrie, batting ahead of him, clubbed a grand slam. Needing a solo homer, Papi whiffed.

Evan Longoria entered 2011’s last game needing five RBIs. After logging three with an eighth-inning homer, he stepped up in the bottom of the 12th against Yankees reliever Scott Proctor and pulled a two-strike liner just past the left-field pole to give Tampa an 8-7 win. With Boston having lost in — yep — Baltimore, Longo’s homer had put the Rays in the playoffs. In all likelihood, no player had ever been happier to notch his 99th and final RBI.


John Paschal is a regular contributor to The Hardball Times and The Hardball Times Baseball Annual.
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Dennis Bedard
6 years ago

Boog Powell, 1964

NoRake
6 years ago
Reply to  John Paschal

I’ll take ya off-the-hook for a bad pun…..Three Alou brothers plus Moises….not one named Boog Alou.

Michael Bacon
6 years ago

It is more than a little ridiculous to attach any significance to any record ending in zero. Period. One hundred of anything is easier to attain since the increase of the number of games from 154 to 162. When it comes to RBI what matters is the percentage of opportunities to drive in a run. Any batter who drove in 90 runs, especially one with a low scoring team, as in the low scoring 1960’s was just as good, if not considerably better, than any player who drove in 100 runs in the ragin’ roid era.
In some cases the quest for a “round number” could have been detrimental to the player. For example, when the 33 year old Lew Burdette took the mound for the Milwaukee Braves on October 2 for the last game of the season he had 19 “wins.” Lew hurled a complete game in his ill-fated attempt to score that meaningless “win.” His line score was 8 IP; 15 H; 9 runs-all earned; 1 base on balls; and absolutely no strikeouts! The Braves lost to the future World Series Champion Pirates by a score of 5-9. Although he “won” 18 games while throwing 272.1 innings the next season, he was not as effective, and was never the same pitcher again. The Braves manager who allowed Lew to throw probably 200 pitches that day was Chuck Dressen.

Rich Dunstan
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Bacon

Don’t you mean 9 runs-all “earned” ?

Michael Bacon
6 years ago
Reply to  John Paschal

BTW, I neglected to mention the year was 1960, which should be evident because the Pirates beat the Yankees in the 1960 World Series. Still, I should have mentioned the year.
As far as the “9 runs-all earned,” in lieu of, 9 runs-all “earned”…whatever…potato…or former Vice President Dan Quayle’s “potatoe,” you understood, did you not, Mr. Dunstan?

Michael Bacon
6 years ago
Reply to  Michael Bacon

For the youngsters out there…

Dan Quayle Misspells ‘Potato’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdqbi66oNuI

87 Cards
6 years ago

“If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to? I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter. ” Bob Uecker.
Uke recorded 20 or his 74 career RBIs in Sept/Oct. He had eight RBIs in the September of his rookie 1962 season including four in the last two games of the season.

Dennis Bedard
6 years ago

Powell had 97 RBI’s going into the last game of the ’64 season against the Tigers. He got two RBI’s in that game. In the 10th inning, Aparacio was on third with two outs and Powell came up. He was intentionally walked. Aparacio scored on a single. Close but no cigar

WhatLeylandNoooo
6 years ago

Nice read. As progressive statheads we know RBI are meaningless as indicator of a player’s value but can’t help but have an emotional attachment to a time when we accepted the opposite.

Also interesting in a semi-related note, Al Kaline famously finished with 399 career homeruns. He’s a hall-of-famer and no one doubts his legacy, but still not a member of the at-one-time vaulted 400-HR club.

Carl
6 years ago
Reply to  John Paschal

Per Detroit Athletic, that happened twice to Kaline:

“Twice in his career, Kaline lost home runs that would have given him 400. On June 1, 1958, the 23-year old right fielder belted a home run off Ray Moore of the White Sox to lead off the second inning. The Tigers were leading the game two innings later when rain started to fall. After a 45-minute delay, the game was called. Kaline’s home run, as well as every other event of the contest, was erased. As far as Major League Baseball was concerned, it never happened.

Five years later the Tigers were playing the Senators in a doubleheader when Kaline smacked a homer off Bennie Daniels in the second inning of the first game, sending the ball into the bullpen at D.C. Stadium. In the bottom of the inning, after a rain delay of one hour and 12 minutes, umpires called the game and cancelled the second as well. Kaline again had a home run washed out.”

Rich Dunstan
6 years ago

All the references to “the Gods” are one thing, but “thank you de Jesus”?!?! I’m only one person and I don’t pretend to be important, but I found it offensive. Good article otherwise, John, and I look forward to more. Fun reading about a lot of guys (not all of them!) I remember.

Rich Dunstan
6 years ago
Reply to  John Paschal

And thanks for the graciousness on your part. I never imagined you intended to give offence, and I should have been clearer about that. All the best.

Dennis Bedard
6 years ago

Sorry. I feel like a complete idiot!!!!!!!

gc
6 years ago

This year Dozier, Donaldson and Kyle Seager all did 99 in the AL with at least 30 HR. IIRC Seager got robbed of an HR in the 9th on the last day.
I suppose some of the words you cut out about the 73 Braves and pair of 99ers was that Aaron also fell short at 96. More famously, he, Johnson and Darrell Evens (at 104 RBI) were the only trio of 40 HR teammates. And were it not for the Year of the Pitcher holding Aaron to 29 HR in 1968, that would have been his 17th consecutive year of 30 HR.

Michael Bacon
6 years ago
Reply to  gc

Mr. Aaron hit only 24 home runs in 1964. He hit 30+ in the seven previous seasons, and then added three more before being held to 29 in the year of the pitcher, and followed that with five more of 30+.

POOR MAGGS
6 years ago

Magglio Ordonez fell just short of the nice round numbers in multiple categories in 2003, with a HR/RBI/SB slash of 29/99/9

GFrankovich
6 years ago

A little off the topic – but Don Buford in three straight years(1969, 1970, 1971)scored 99 runs in each year. Couldn’t find just one more run in any of those years. Thought is was an unusual stat to cover 3 seasons.

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