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Jackie Robinson Day

April 15, 2015


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50 home runs in a season.

50+ HR by decadeWhen I was younger, hitting 50 home runs in a season was an awesome achievement. Then it seemed like it happened all the time.

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.

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Buster Poser???

Buster Poser???

Watching on 4/4/14. Giants at Dodgers. 1st inning, Vin Scully announces batter Buster Posey… but the screen showed this!

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Babe Ruth’s Legs

Photo of Byrd's Goudey card found at

Samuel Byrd’s Goudey card

“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.

You can find a short biography about Sam here. And you can see the nicknames for all current and former Major League Baseball players by clicking here.

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Because therapy is too expensive