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Fewest games in a season to reach 100 RBI

Posted by Andy on July 27, 2007

When Arod recently got to 100 RBI in, I think, 99 games, there was a lot of talk about how he was the third Yankee to do this, following two no-names called Gehrig and DiMaggio.

It got me to thinking about an unrelated stat, which is fewest games played in a complete season while also reaching 100 RBIs. If you don't limit the search to 2006 and earlier, Arod's current season shows up since he has 100 RBIs already, but we're not talking about reaching 100 RBIs in the fewest games.

Anyway, here's the list (1901-2006):

  Cnt Player             G  RBI Year Age
+----+-----------------+---+---+----+---+
    1 Ken Williams      102 105 1925  35
    2 Rudy York         104 103 1937  23
    3 Albert Belle      106 101 1994  27
    4 Al Simmons        106 108 1927  25
    5 Kirby Puckett     108 112 1994  34
    6 Jeff Bagwell      110 116 1994  26
    7 Joe Carter        111 103 1994  34
    8 Bill Dickey       112 107 1936  29
    9 Frank Thomas      113 101 1994  26
   10 Zeke Bonura       116 100 1937  28
   11 George Brett      117 118 1980  27
   12 Manny Ramirez     118 122 2000  28
   13 Al Simmons        119 107 1928  26
   14 Manny Ramirez     120 107 2002  30
   15 Joe DiMaggio      120 126 1939  24
   16 Chick Hafey       120 107 1930  27
   17 Ty Cobb           121 102 1925  38
   18 Jeffrey Hammonds  122 106 2000  29
   19 Dick Allen        122 101 1970  28
   20 Hal Trosky        122 104 1939  26

This is pretty heavily weighted toward recent seasons, but it's a bit of a red herring. In the strike-shortened season of 1994, five players (those listed above) had 100 RBIs when the strike hit, giving them what appear to be seasons in which they missed a lot of games (which they didn't.) Other than those 5 times, the rest of the top 20 are fairly well spread out over the history of baseball.

George Brett's 1980 season is the most memorable for me, but the name that sticks out the most here is....Jeffrey Hammonds!!!

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5 Responses to “Fewest games in a season to reach 100 RBI”

  1. Also of interest is that Rudy York had 103 RBIs in 1937 with only 417 PAs. Thats efficiency.

  2. That's an interesting stat. My friend and I thought of a stat, so anyone who reads this comment back and say what you think:

    It's called the "Production Factor", and here's some key points in it:
    -Players get as many points as the percentage of hits, runs and RBI they get for their team.
    -If a player has a homer that drove in 3 of the 4 runs for his team, give him only 75 points, don't give him credit for scoring himself and driving in himself, because that would suggest he drove in 4 runs.

    Here's an example:
    2 Days ago, Scott Posednik was 2-4 with 1 run scored and an RBI. The White Sox scored 4 runs on 4 hits.
    This means Posednik get 50 points for hits (2 out of 4 is 50%), and 25 for his run (1 out of 4= 25%) and 25 points for his RBI. So Posednik ends up with 100 points, and very good score.

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  3. Is ARod really just the third Yankee to get to 100 RBI in less than 100 games? I thought I read that he was the first Yankee to do so since both Gehrig and DiMaggio did it in 1937, but it seems like Ruth would've done it in at least one season....

  4. It would be interesting to find the guys who requird the fewest games (or team games), or PAs, to get to 100 RBI in a season. I went through Ruth's sheets and found four seasons where he got to 100 RBI in less than 100 TEAM games:

    1921: 100th RBI on 7/30, 92nd team game
    1926: 100th RBI on 7/27, 98th team game
    1931: 100th RBI on 7/27(1), 94th team game
    1932: 100th RBI on 7/29, 99th team game

  5. Trent,

    Clearly you are correct. The stat I reported is a stat I heard given when Arod reached that mark, but it's pretty obviously wrong. Thanks for the correction.