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Trivia time

Posted by Andy on February 25, 2009

Which player who played his entire career for only one franchise hit the most career homers? Answer is after the jump.

  Cnt Player             **HR**  Tms From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+-------+----+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Mike Schmidt        548      1 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062  8352 1506 2234 408  59 1595 1507 201 1883  79  16 108 156  174  92  .267  .380  .527  .907 *53/64    PHI
    2 Mickey Mantle       536      1 1951 1968 19-36 2401  9909  8102 1677 2415 344  72 1509 1733 126 1710  13  14  47 113  153  38  .298  .421  .557  .978 *8397/645 NYY
    3 Ted Williams        521      1 1939 1960 20-41 2292  9791  7706 1798 2654 525  71 1839 2021  86  709  39   5  20 197   24  17  .344  .482  .634 1.116 *79/1     BOS
    4 Ernie Banks         512      1 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10395  9421 1305 2583 407  90 1636  763 198 1236  70  45  96 229   50  53  .274  .330  .500  .830 36/57     CHC
    5 Mel Ott             511      1 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11337  9456 1859 2876 488  72 1860 1708   0  896  64 109   0  82   89   0  .304  .414  .533  .947 *958/74   NYG
    6 Lou Gehrig          493      1 1923 1939 20-36 2164  9660  8001 1888 2721 534 163 1995 1508   0  790  45 106   0   2  102 101  .340  .447  .632 1.079 *3/976    NYY
    7 Willie Stargell     475      1 1962 1982 22-42 2360  9026  7927 1195 2232 423  55 1540  937 227 1936  78   9  75 143   17  16  .282  .360  .529  .889 *73/98    PIT
    8 Stan Musial         475      1 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12712 10972 1949 3630 725 177 1951 1599 127  696  53  35  53 243   78  31  .331  .417  .559  .976 3798/1    STL
    9 Carl Yastrzemski    452      1 1961 1983 21-43 3308 13991 11988 1816 3419 646  59 1844 1845 190 1393  40  13 105 323  168 116  .285  .379  .462  .841 *73D8/59  BOS
   10 Jeff Bagwell        449      1 1991 2005 23-37 2150  9431  7797 1517 2314 488  32 1529 1401 155 1558 128   3 102 221  202  78  .297  .408  .540  .948 *3/D9     HOU
   11 Cal Ripken          431      1 1981 2001 20-40 3001 12883 11551 1647 3184 603  44 1695 1129 107 1305  66  10 127 350   36  39  .276  .340  .447  .787 *65/D     BAL
   12 Chipper Jones       408      1 1993 2008 21-36 2023  8677  7337 1378 2277 449  35 1374 1242 137 1142  16   3  79 204  138  43  .310  .408  .548  .956 *57/6D9   ATL
   13 Al Kaline           399      1 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11597 10116 1622 3007 498  75 1583 1277 131 1020  55  45 104 271  137  65  .297  .376  .480  .856 *98D3/75  DET
   14 Johnny Bench        389      1 1967 1983 19-35 2157  8669  7658 1091 2048 381  24 1376  891 135 1278  19  11  90 201   68  43  .267  .342  .476  .818 *253/798  CIN
   15 Jim Rice            382      1 1974 1989 21-36 2089  9058  8225 1249 2452 373  79 1451  670  77 1423  64   5  94 315   58  34  .298  .352  .502  .854 *7D/98    BOS
   16 Joe DiMaggio        361      1 1936 1951 21-36 1736  7671  6821 1390 2214 389 131 1537  790   0  369  46  14   0 130   30   9  .325  .398  .579  .977 *8/793    NYY
   17 Albert Pujols       319      1 2001 2008 21-28 1239  5382  4578  947 1531 342  13  977  696 154  506  60   1  47 157   45  26  .334  .425  .624 1.049 *37/59D64 STL
   18 George Brett        317      1 1973 1993 20-40 2707 11624 10349 1583 3154 665 137 1595 1096 229  908  33  26 120 235  201  97  .305  .369  .487  .856 *5D3/796  KCR
   19 Todd Helton         310      1 1997 2008 23-34 1661  7116  5962 1143 1957 471  31 1116 1041 170  810  49   3  61 145   36  26  .328  .428  .574 1.002 *3/79D    COL
   20 Edgar Martinez      309      1 1987 2004 24-41 2055  8672  7213 1219 2247 514  15 1261 1283 113 1202  89  10  77 190   49  30  .312  .418  .515  .933 *D5/3     SEA

I guess it's obvious once you see it, remembering that Schmidt was very high on the career HR list when he retired.

Altering to allow for guys who played with 1 or 2 franchises adds in 7 new players in the top 20:

  Cnt Player             **HR**  Tms From  To   Ages   G    PA    AB    R    H   2B  3B  RBI  BB  IBB  SO  HBP  SH  SF GDP  SB   CS   BA   OBP   SLG   OPS  Positions Teams
+----+-----------------+-------+----+----+----+-----+----+-----+-----+----+----+---+---+----+----+---+----+---+---+---+---+----+---+-----+-----+-----+-----+---------+-----------+
    1 Barry Bonds         762      2 1986 2007 21-42 2986 12606  9847 2227 2935 601  77 1996 2558 688 1539 106   4  91 165  514 141  .298  .444  .607 1.051 *78/D9    PIT-SFG     
    2 Hank Aaron          755      2 1954 1976 20-42 3293 13940 12364 2174 3771 624  98 2297 1402 293 1383  32  21 121 328  240  73  .305  .374  .555  .929 *9783D/45 MLN-ATL-MIL 
    3 Willie Mays         660      2 1951 1973 20-42 2992 12493 10881 2062 3283 523 140 1903 1464 192 1526  44  13  91 251  338 103  .302  .384  .557  .941 *8/39765  NYG-SFG-NYM 
    4 Mark McGwire        583      2 1986 2001 22-37 1874  7660  6187 1167 1626 252   6 1414 1317 150 1596  75   3  78 147   12   8  .263  .394  .588  .982 *3/D54967 OAK-STL     
    5 Harmon Killebrew    573      2 1954 1975 18-39 2435  9831  8147 1283 2086 290  24 1584 1559 160 1699  48   0  77 243   19  18  .256  .376  .509  .885 357D/49   WSH-MIN-KCR 
    6 Mike Schmidt        548      1 1972 1989 22-39 2404 10062  8352 1506 2234 408  59 1595 1507 201 1883  79  16 108 156  174  92  .267  .380  .527  .907 *53/64    PHI         
    7 Mickey Mantle       536      1 1951 1968 19-36 2401  9909  8102 1677 2415 344  72 1509 1733 126 1710  13  14  47 113  153  38  .298  .421  .557  .978 *8397/645 NYY         
    8 Ted Williams        521      1 1939 1960 20-41 2292  9791  7706 1798 2654 525  71 1839 2021  86  709  39   5  20 197   24  17  .344  .482  .634 1.116 *79/1     BOS         
    9 Ernie Banks         512      1 1953 1971 22-40 2528 10395  9421 1305 2583 407  90 1636  763 198 1236  70  45  96 229   50  53  .274  .330  .500  .830 36/57     CHC         
   10 Mel Ott             511      1 1926 1947 17-38 2730 11337  9456 1859 2876 488  72 1860 1708   0  896  64 109   0  82   89   0  .304  .414  .533  .947 *958/74   NYG         
   11 Lou Gehrig          493      1 1923 1939 20-36 2164  9660  8001 1888 2721 534 163 1995 1508   0  790  45 106   0   2  102 101  .340  .447  .632 1.079 *3/976    NYY         
   12 Willie Stargell     475      1 1962 1982 22-42 2360  9026  7927 1195 2232 423  55 1540  937 227 1936  78   9  75 143   17  16  .282  .360  .529  .889 *73/98    PIT         
   13 Stan Musial         475      1 1941 1963 20-42 3026 12712 10972 1949 3630 725 177 1951 1599 127  696  53  35  53 243   78  31  .331  .417  .559  .976 3798/1    STL         
   14 Carl Yastrzemski    452      1 1961 1983 21-43 3308 13991 11988 1816 3419 646  59 1844 1845 190 1393  40  13 105 323  168 116  .285  .379  .462  .841 *73D8/59  BOS         
   15 Jeff Bagwell        449      1 1991 2005 23-37 2150  9431  7797 1517 2314 488  32 1529 1401 155 1558 128   3 102 221  202  78  .297  .408  .540  .948 *3/D9     HOU         
   16 Cal Ripken          431      1 1981 2001 20-40 3001 12883 11551 1647 3184 603  44 1695 1129 107 1305  66  10 127 350   36  39  .276  .340  .447  .787 *65/D     BAL         
   17 Billy Williams      426      2 1959 1976 21-38 2488 10519  9350 1410 2711 434  88 1475 1045 182 1046  43   8  73 200   90  49  .290  .361  .492  .853 *79D/38   CHC-OAK     
   18 Chipper Jones       408      1 1993 2008 21-36 2023  8677  7337 1378 2277 449  35 1374 1242 137 1142  16   3  79 204  138  43  .310  .408  .548  .956 *57/6D9   ATL         
   19 Al Kaline           399      1 1953 1974 18-39 2834 11597 10116 1622 3007 498  75 1583 1277 131 1020  55  45 104 271  137  65  .297  .376  .480  .856 *98D3/75  DET         
   20 Jason Giambi        396      2 1995 2008 24-37 1850  7776  6332 1116 1812 362   9 1279 1205  87 1308 157   2  80 139   18  11  .286  .408  .534  .942 *3D7/59   OAK-NYY     

If had Jason Giambi in your top 20 for that, you're pretty good.

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4 Responses to “Trivia time”

  1. Another list would be, who hit the most home runs for one team, regardless of whether he also played for other teams. In June 2004, when Bonds hit his 500th Giant homer, David Vincent posted a list of all the guys who had hit 500 for one team. At the time, the list was Aaron, 733, Braves; Ruth, 659, Yankees; Mays, 646, Giants; Killebrew, 559, Senators/Twins; Schmidt, 548, Phillies; Mantle, 536, Yankees; Williams, 521, Red Sox; Sosa, 520, Cubs; Banks, 512, Cubs; Ott, 511, Giants; Bonds, 500, Giants.

    The list could use a little updating.

  2. I wouldn't put money on Chipper, Pujols, Helton, or Giambi remaining on those lists - particularly the first one. Half the players on that list played all or a large part of their careers before the free agency era. Chipper and Helton have already poked a toe in the free agent market and/or been mentioned in trade rumors linked to their free agent status; and who knows how much longer the Cards can afford King Albert.

    Also, many of the players added to the second list played the bulk of their careers for their first team, but played a final season or two for another team when they were no longer in the future plans of their first team. (Aaron, Mays, Killebrew, and Billy Williams; you could also make a case for Big Mac, who played the first ~70% of his career in Oakland, though his most memorable years were in St. Louis.) Of the guys added, only Bonds, Giambi, and McGwire played a significant amount of their careers for their second team, and only Bonds (so far - Giambi will likely join him if he stays on the list) played more than half their careers for the second team. This means that we'll have to wait until Jones, Pujols, Helton, and Giambi retire - or at least are near retirement - to see if they opt for one more chance with another team.

    I live in the Philadelphia area, and I remember Schmidty's retirement coming as a big surprise to the Phillies and their fans. He was just two years removed from an MVP award, but was coming off of a disappointing season (by his standards) - only 12 HR in 108 games. If I remember right, he had a good spring training in 1989, but got off to a slow start average-wise. Still, he had 6 HR in the first two months, was among the league leaders in HR and RBI, and was on pace for 21 HR and 95 RBI - probably would have finished in the top 20 (possibly top 10) in each category that year. But Schmidt didn't want to play if he couldn't be his Hall-of-Fame self, and chose retirement over just hanging on to collect a paycheck and creep up the all-time leaderboards. Most people thought he could have surpassed Reggie, Killebrew, and Frank Robinson on the career HR leaderboard (he only needed 39 more HR to pass all three) and finish at that time fourth all-time behind the immortals - Aaron, Ruth, and Mays. Some optimists even thought he had a shot at 600. Still, he's currently 13th on the list - and I'd still take him over half the players ahead of him!

  3. Gerry, one easy way to continually check who has the most homers for one franchise regardless of who else he played with:
    go to player season finder.
    career seasons.
    set HR minimum for 500 (or any other number).
    search by team with players.
    it'll show every player who hit that HR minimum for a team sorted by team.
    it won't show the exact numbers but you can edit the minimum.

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