Home Run Hitters in the 1920s

Five players in the 1920s who weren’t Babe Ruth hit as many as 40 homers in a season. What’s particularly striking is that as late as 1926, Ruth was hitting twice as many homers as the 2nd place hitter: Ruth with 46 that year, and Hack Wilson, with 21, the only other hitter with more than 19. It took until 1929 for Ruth to no longer be regularly far in front of everyone else in homers hit.

This shows how few individual players in the 1920s were capable of, or perhaps willing to, adopt Ruth’s approach to hitting. I assume Rogers Hornsby, with 250 homers in the decade, was 2nd to Ruth. Hornsby’s homer stats in the decade are very erratic, year to year. It looks as if he would decide at the start of the year whether to try to hit for extra power, and that shaped his number of home runs for the coming season.

Published in: Uncategorized on July 2, 2018 at 1:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

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