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Ryan Howard Armed For Greatness

Ryan Howard closing on another RBI milestone.

Ryan Howard Armed For Greatness

(Al Behrman/AP)
(Al Behrman/AP)

In the wake of Ryan Howard reaching 100 RBI for a Phillies-record sixth consecutive season, SABR's Dan Heisman points out that Howard is close to another very lofty milestone.

If Howard can knock in 17 more runs by the end of the season, he would become just the seventh major leaguer ever to total 800 RBI over a six-year span. And what a list he would join:

Player     RBI     Seasons Yearly Totals (In Order)
Lou Gehrig 952 1927-32   174   142   126   174   184   151
Babe Ruth 922 1926-31 146 164 142 154 153 163
Jimmie Foxx 853 1933-38 163 130 115 143 127 175
Al Simmons 827 1928-33 107 157 165 128 151 119
Sammy Sosa 824 1997-02 119 158 141 138 160 108
Joe DiMaggio 816 1936-41 125 167 140 126 133 125
Ryan Howard      783 2006-11 149 136 146 141 108 103

Note: Most of the players above had more than one such stretch; we've listed just their highest six-year total. 

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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