Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

The Saturday Baseball Quiz

(Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)
(Michael Bryant/Staff Photographer)

(We'll post a baseball trivia question every Saturday, just for fun, as well as a detailed answer, stats, charts and commentary on the previous week's question. Pass along your questions, thoughts and ideas to vetronb@phillynews.com.)



Jim Thome is only member of the 600-HR club to hit Nos. 599 and 600 in the same game. He did so as a Twin last Aug. 15. One other member of that club managed to hit Nos. 99 and 100 in the same game, 199/200 in the same game and 399/400 in the same game. Who was it?

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In 2011, Mark Teixeira became the fourth player to reach 25 home runs in each of his first nine seasons. Who are the other three?



Eddie Mathews, Darryl Strawberry, Albert Pujols (see their numbers below).


♦ Mathews reached 25 home runs in each of his first 12 seasons. Pujols (12 home runs through Friday) can match that this season ... Teixeira (13 HR through Friday) can extend his run to 10.

Barry Bonds and Hank Aaron share the record for total seasons of 25 or more home runs (18), but neither kicked his career off with such a year.

♦ Bonds and Babe Ruth share the record for consecutive 25+ HR seasons (15). Aaron was one 1964 home run away from 19 consecutive 25+ seasons.

Eddie Murray had four-season runs of 25+ HRs before and after the 1981 strike year to start his career. He hit 22 homers in 98 games in that shortened season. But for the work stoppage gods, he would have easily made the list.

Phillies' Mike Schmidt had one homer in a 1972 September callup and 18 in 1973. He would reach 25+ (actually 31+) for nine straight seasons (1979-87) later in his career.


Year HR   Year HR   Year HR   Year HR
 1952   25         1983  26        2001  37         2003   26 
 1953  47    1984  26    2002  34    2004  38
 1954  40    1985  29    2003   43    2005  43
 1955  41    1986  27    2004  46    2006  33
 1956  37    1987  39    2005  41    2007  30
 1957  32    1988  39    2006  49    2008  33
 1958  31    1989  29    2007  32    2009  39
 1959  46    1990  37    2008  37    2010  33
 1960  39    1991  28    2009  47    2011  39
 1961  32    1992    5    2010  42      
 1962  29          2011  37      
 1963  23                  
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