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December 19, 2006

Joe DiMaggio 1937 Retrospective

by @ 3:36 am. Filed under 1937 Yankees, Joe DiMaggio

If Joe DiMaggio’s rookie season in 1936 was a good one, his second season in 1937 was even better.  DiMaggio developed his power stroke in 1937 and he set a career high and led the American League with 46 homeruns.  For the second straight year, DiMaggio finished in double figured in doubles (35), triples (15), and homeruns.  He led the league in runs (151 – career high) and he was second in RBIs (167 – also a career high).

Almost as impressive was the fact that DiMaggio walked 64 times versus only 37 strikeouts.  That would be the first of twelve consecutive seasons he’d walk more then he struck out.  This resulted in a .412 OBP.  DiMaggio’s .346 batting average was sixth in the league while his .673 slugging led the league.  All this put at second place for the Most Valuable Player, and in my opinion, he got jobbed.  The mechanical man, Charlie Gehringer, edged DiMaggio by a mere four points.

DiMaggio was the man, and 1937 might have been his best season ever and it’s not too bad for a 21 year old.  Here’s a look at DiMaggio’s 1937 numbers.

Games 151
AB 621
Runs 151
Hits 215
Doubles 35
Triples 15
Homeruns 46
RBIs 167
Walks 64
Strikeouts 37
Stolen Bases 3
Caught Stealing 0
BA .346
OBA .412
SLG% .673
OPS 1.085
RC 178
RC/G 11.34
ISO .327

December 11, 2006

Babe Ruth 1927 Retrospective

by @ 3:42 am. Filed under 1927 Yankees, Babe Ruth

The 1927 New York Yankees are regarded as the best team ever.  Amongst all of the great Yankee teams, the 1927 Yankees still have the best winning percentage of any of them (.714) and they were led by not one, but two of the greatest players of that era.  It’s hard to believe that anyone was even close to as good as Babe Ruth, but to have that player on the same team in Lou Gehrig just goes to show you how dominating this team really was.

Regardless, Babe Ruth was the best player on the best team ever.  If that doesn’t put to rest the naysayers who say guys like Ty Cobb (who never won a World Series) or even Barry Bonds (who I’d rate a close second to Ruth) were better then Ruth, then I don’t know what does.

1927 was special for Ruth.  Just six years removed from breaking his own single season homerun record with 59, Ruth set the standard with 60 homeruns in 1927.  He was the first to eclipse the 60 homerun mark and only one player would top that between 1927 and 1998 (Roger Maris).  At the time, it was truly an amazing feat.

To go along with the 60 homeruns, Ruth also led the league in OBP (.486), slugging percentage (.772), runs (158), walks (137), and oddly enough, strikeouts (89).  He was second in RBIs with 164 and sixth in hitting at .356.  And the only player who drove in more runs then Ruth was teammate Lou Gehrig.  Not too shabby for a converted pitcher who turned 32.

Here’s a look at Babe Ruth’s numbers

Games 151
AB 540
Runs 158
Hits 192
Doubles 29
Triples 8
Homeruns 60
RBIs 164
Walks 137
Strikeouts 89
Stolen Bases 7
Caught Stealing 6
BA .356
OBA .486
SLG% .772
OPS 1.258
RC 211
RCAA 138
RCAP 125
RC/G 14.91
ISO .417

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