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More Baseball Stats You Couldn’t Live Without

Inspired by a conversation with a friend of mine, I researched some baseball statistics that I’m quite sure others before me have long since discovered first.  Still, if they interested me, they just might interest you as well, oh faithful reader.

Reggie Sanders

Reggie Sanders (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here, then, are some baseball facts that may come up one day in a future edition of Trivial Pursuit.  So pay attention.

1)  Most career home runs by a batter who never drove in a hundred runs in a season:  Reggie Sanders – 305.  Sanders is the only player in the 300-home run club to never have a 100 RBI year.  His career high was 99 RBI in 1995.

2)  Most career stolen bases by a player who never scored a hundred runs in a season:  Bert Campaneris – 649.  His career high in runs scored was 97 in 1970.  Won six stolen base crowns.  Also led his league in caught stealing three times.

3)  Most wins by a pitcher who never won 20-games in a season:  Dennis Martinez – 245.  Martinez posted a career high 16 wins in four different seasons.  He led the N.L. in wins with 14 in the strike year of 1981.

4)  Most career hits by a player (20th century) who never reached 200 hits in a season:  Carl Yastrzemski – 3,419.  Other members of the (28 strong) 3,000 hits club who never accumulated 200 hits in a season include Eddie Murray, Dave Winfield and Rickey Henderson.

5)  Most career doubles without scoring 100 runs in a season:  Al Oliver – 529.  Career high 96 runs in 1974 and ’80.

6)  Most career strikeouts by a pitcher without a 200-strikeout season:  Tom Glavine – 2,607.  Career high, 192 in 1991.  You may be surprised to learn that Glavine had more career strikeouts than Warren Spahn, Bob Feller, Jerry Koosman, Christy Mathewson and Don Drysdale.

7)  Most career home runs without ever leading the league in home runs:  Rafael Palmeiro – 569.

8)  Highest career batting average for a player who never won a batting title:  Shoeless Joe Jackson – .356.

Which of these items was most surprising to you?  I would have thought that Yaz would have had at least one 200-hit season to his credit.  I’m sure lots of people would have assumed that Joe Jackson must have won at least one batting title.

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13 thoughts on “More Baseball Stats You Couldn’t Live Without

  1. Dennis Martinez I would’ve guessed got up to 18 wins anyway at least a couple times, pitching very well for some very good teams. Despite his perfect game and alcoholism story, he is one of those pitchers who’s slipped through the memory cracks. Yaz was a massive compiler who I guess was essentially a solid player, not a superstar, from say 1971 through 1983.

    • Yeah, Martinez was a very solid pitcher for many years. Never among the very best, but always a great addition to any staff. By the time I started following baseball, Yaz was the Old Man of the Sea, with Lynn, Rice and Evans in the OF.
      Take care,

  2. Steve, I guessed, and, like a lot of people who read your question, I guessed Gates Brown, who was known for his pinch-hitting for the Tigers of that particular era.

    Also, Steve, did you know that alkaline batteries were NAMED AFTER Al Kaline? This is ANOTHER little-known piece of baseball (and battery) trivia. Actually, alkaline is a more famous battery than Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra.


  3. As a kid, we used to call Al Oliver “Pele” because, while he hit everything on the button, he was a little weak on ground ball singles to center field.

  4. Glen Russell Slater on said:

    By the way, the picture of me (part of my second grade class picture) was taken in 1967, the same year that Yaz won the triple-crown. I was totally unaware of it at the time; had I been aware of this (and of baseball AT ALL), I’m sure I wouldn’t have looked so unhappy in the picture.


    • And now that Miguel Cabrera has won his own Triple-Crown, a whole new generation of kids will remember last season as THE SEASON, unfortunately pushing Yaz back into receding baseball memory. So it goes…
      Thanks, Glen

  5. Glen Russell Slater on said:

    Yastrzemski had a lot of plate appearances, but had a relatively low amount of at-bats. But, yes, the stat on Yastrzemski was truly intriguing.


  6. that title scared me. i’m still catching up to last decade’s statistical breakthroughs,
    and then you throw down some baseball card stats….ah, refreshing!
    but yeh, that yaz thing stuck out since i didnt think he walked all that much. but then i did some homework on baseball ref and see that holy mackeral he had some big walk seasons, but then they tailed off as he got older and maybe stopped scaring opposing pitchers.
    the other one i was thinking of was aaron never hitting 50 homers.
    long careers and consistency is a good recipe i guess.

    • And Kaline never even hit 30! Consistent, though.
      Thanks for stopping by,

      • and before i shut up for the day, a little trivia that includes two names that popped up today. who is the only batter to pinch hit for al kaline?
        if you cheat and look it up, i hope your al runs into your kaline and you get alkaline because the google result will have nothing to do with baseball.

      • I have no idea, man. Who was it?

      • ben oglivie.
        i couldn’t eat dinner as a kid until i remembered that one and no dessert until i remembered who was the only guy to pinch hit for ted williams.

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