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February 20, 2007

Lou Gehrig 1937 Retrospective

by @ 9:28 am. Filed under 1937 Yankees, Lou Gehrig

In a lot of ways, 1937 was Lou Gehrig’s last hurrah.  1938 would be one of his worst seasons (although it was still very good by most standards) and of course 1939 was the season we saw Gehrig’s career cut short.   Man, did he come out in 1937 though.

While a lot was made about DiMaggio’s breakout season in 1937 in which he finished second for the MVP, it was actually Gehrig that led the team in OPS (1.116) and who finished fourth, providing one of the best one/two punches since, well, Ruth and Gehrig.  He finished second in hitting (.351), first in OBP (.473), first in OPS, third in runs (138), third in homeruns (37), first in walks (127) and third in RBIs (159).  Not too shabby for the Iron Horse.

Gehrig also got it done in the post season.  He hit an impressive .294/.455/.647 clip in the World Series with four runs and three RBIs.

Here are Gehrig’s numbers in 1937:

Games 157
AB 569
Runs 138
Hits 200
Doubles 37
Triples 9
Homeruns 37
RBIs 159
Walks 127
Strikeouts 49
Stolen Bases 4
Caught Stealing 3
BA .351
OBA .473
SLG% .643
OPS 1.116
RC 185
RCAA 100
RC/G 12.93
ISO .292

February 6, 2007

Lou Gehrig 1927 Retrospective

by @ 12:51 pm. Filed under 1927 Yankees, Lou Gehrig

It must be nice to have a player on your team that finishes with a 221 OPS+ and doesn’t lead your team, but that’s what happened to the Yankees in 1927.  First baseman Lou Gehrig was only in his third season of his iron man streak but 1927 was probably his best season ever.  Whether it was having Ruth in his prime on the team or not, Gehrig broke out in a big way in 1927.

He set career highs with 52 doubles and a .765 slugging percentage.  It was his first of two MVP awards and he led the league in total bases (447), doubles (52) and RBIs (175).  He was second to Ruth with 47 homeruns and 18 triples and he was third in the league in hitting with a .373 batting average.  And his 1.239 OPS is the fourteenth best total ever and only four players have had a better single season OPS.

This is one of those historic seasons that was overshadowed because Ruth hit the 60 homeruns but it’s definitely one I’m interested in checking out one I start the diary.

Here are Gehrig’s numbers in 1927:

Games 155
AB 584
Runs 149
Hits 218
Doubles 52
Triples 18
Homeruns 47
RBIs 175
Walks 109
Strikeouts 84
Stolen Bases 10
Caught Stealing 8
BA .373
OBA .474
SLG% .765
OPS 1.240
RC 215
RCAA 136
RCAP 126
RC/G 14.15
ISO .392

Babe Ruth’s Birthday

by @ 6:35 am. Filed under Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth, the best player ever, was born 102 years ago today.  Man, it would have been cool to see the Babe play.

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