Friday, March 27, 2015

Musial, Weaver Numbers to Remember

Musial, Weaver Number to Remember

Musial, Weaver Numbers to Remember

A statue of former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Stan Musial stands outside Busch Stadium. (Jeff Roberson/AP)
A statue of former St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Stan Musial stands outside Busch Stadium. (Jeff Roberson/AP)

As word spread separately on the passing of baseball immortals Stan Musial and Earl Weaver over the weekend, a single stat popped into my head for each: 1815 for Musial, 283 for Weaver.

♦ Musial's 3,630 career hits were equally divided in home and road games, 1,815 for each. His career H/R splits are below.

♦ And just how many three-run home runs did Earl Weaver-managed Orioles teams launch in his 2,541-game managerial career? A total of 283, including six in the postseason. We break those down by batter below.

   Home  Road
 Games  1524  1502
 Batting Avg.  .336  .326
    Hits  1815  1815
    At-Bats  5401  5569
 On-Base Pct.  .427  .407
    Walks  857  748
    Strikeouts  337  360
 Slugging Pct.  .582  .537
    Total Bases  3145  2991
      1B  1079  1172
      2B  394  333
      3B  90  87
      HR  252  223
 Runs  999  950
 RBI  1057  894


 Player  HR           Player  HR
 Eddie Murray  27  Rick Dempsey    4
 Boog Powell  20  Jim Dwyer    4
 Lee May  18  Curt Motton    3
 Brooks Robinson  18  Dan Graham    3
 Ken Singleton  16  Dave Duncan    3
 Frank Robinson  14  Andres Mora    3
 Paul Blair  12  Billy Smith    2
 Gary Roenicke    9  Al Bumbry    2
 Terry Crowley    9  Rich Dauer    2
 John Lowenstein    8  Dan Ford    2
 Fred Lynn    8  Floyd Rayford    2
 Cal Ripken Jr.    8  John Stefero    2
 Bobby Grich    7  Johnny Oates    1
 Merv Rettenmund      7  Jose Morales    1
 Doug DeCinces    6  Joe Nolan    1
 Mike Young    6  Jim Hardin    1
 Elrod Hendricks    6  Mark Belanger      1
 Don Baylor    6  Kiko Garcia    1
 Davey Johnson    6  Chico Salmon    1
 Earl Williams    5  Larry Sheets    1
 Don Buford    5  Jim Traber    1
 Pat Kelly    5  Lee Lacy    1
 Benny Ayala    4    
 Reggie Jackson    4    
 Andy Etchebarren    4      
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

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