Comments on: 11+ HR In 1st 50 Career Games Since 1919 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114968 Mon, 23 May 2011 19:46:43 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114968 @20

Correction: Shane Spencer hit 10 HRs in 66 AB. I accidentally read the PA column on his home page at first. Sorry about that.

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By: Tmckelv http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114937 Mon, 23 May 2011 17:07:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114937 1) I think I remember a bases clearing double by Shane Spencer that hit off the top of the wall - so he was VERY close to making this list.

2) The top 2 guys that did make the list are named "Wally". And if you sort the listed players by RBI in those 50 games, #1 is Walt Dropo. These are the types of things that I find that interesting. 🙂

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114911 Mon, 23 May 2011 15:01:59 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114911 @17
Shane Spencer had 10 HRs in 73 AB for the season but his tenth HR was in his next-to-last AB in his last game of the season. So he hit 10 HRs in his first 72 AB which I suspect is the record.

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By: steven http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114905 Mon, 23 May 2011 14:39:30 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114905 For about two months in 1965, Swoboda was the next Babe Ruth.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114850 Mon, 23 May 2011 06:47:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114850 J.P. Arencibia is now at 10 HR through is first 44 games.

He might be joining this list soon.

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By: Terry http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114838 Mon, 23 May 2011 05:41:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114838 Shane Spencer was just one HR shy of making the list.

In 1998, he smacked 10 Hrs in 73 ABs.

Oh well, he had a nice Strat-o-matic card 🙂

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114774 Sun, 22 May 2011 23:26:52 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114774 @15

According to Wikipedia Maas hit 10 HRs in 72 AB but a my search of his 1990 game log and the box score of his 25th game shows that it took him 77 AB.

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By: Richard Chester http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114772 Sun, 22 May 2011 23:04:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114772 @8

Thanks Neil for the advice, I will consider it but I enjoy figuring out how to extract data without subscribing. I can't extract everything but certain things I can.

I did what I should have done earlier, I googled Kevin Maas. He holds the record with his first 10 HRs in 72 at bats. He also holds the record with 15 HRs in 133 at bats, breaking Wally Berger's record

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By: RobMet http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114762 Sun, 22 May 2011 22:00:42 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114762 @12, If I had to guess, he probably had a problem hitting a break ball, or something else MLB pitchers figured out. He was already 25 by the time he reached the majors, which is not exactly a sign of pending dominance, although another organization might have moved him a little guicker. Overall,though, I agree. Beyond his quick burst on the scene, his minor league numbers and good eye at the plate seemed to indicate he could hit enough to crank out at least 20 HRs a year for a few more seasons.

I guess that's why I compared Horn and Maas. Both burst on the scene and faded away, yet both are still remembered to this day.

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By: Doug http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/11185/comment-page-1#comment-114761 Sun, 22 May 2011 21:53:14 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=11185#comment-114761 Happened only once in the '40s, and once in the '70s.

Two eleven year gaps, '38 to '49, and '66 to '77.

And only 4 times in 22 years, 1960 to 1981.

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