I wanted to see what it “looked” like when players started hitting 50 home runs more often, so I made a chart. This is what I came up with. (Click the chart to see a larger version.)
I used data from Baseball Reference
As a side note, Babe Ruth accounted for all 4 of the occurrences in the 1920s.
Watching mlb.tv on 4/4/14. Giants at Dodgers. 1st inning, Vin Scully announces batter Buster Posey… but the screen showed this!
“Babe Ruth’s Legs” was the nickname for Samuel Byrd, who played for the Yankees and Reds from 1929 to 1936. He frequently pinch ran for Babe Ruth at the end of Ruth’s career, thus earning his nickname. Byrd played professional golf after his baseball days were over and won a few tournaments including the Texas Open and the Greater Greensboro Open. He twice finished in the top five at the Masters. In 1972 there was a nice article about his athletic accomplishments in the Gadsden Times. You might want to give it a read.