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I posted this trivia question on the Detroit Tigers MLB message boards, but it's such an awesome fact that I wanted to post it again.   :)

Only two players in MLB history have hit 50+ doubles in a season in both the AL and NL.  Name them.   :)

~K

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I know one of them is Miggy

For some reason I always think of Wade Boggs when feats of hitting took place, but he never played in the NL.

Without looking it up I have no idea who the other is.  I am not a historian by any measure and especially not in the NL.

 

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This is very difficult.  I think that the answer could be an old-timer.  But just as a wild guess I will say Juan Samuel or Julio Franco.

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32 minutes ago, John_Brian_K said:

I know one of them is Miggy

For some reason I always think of Wade Boggs when feats of hitting took place, but he never played in the NL.

Without looking it up I have no idea who the other is.  I am not a historian by any measure and especially not in the NL.

 

Ha - if you got Miguel you should be close to the other.

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I cheated and looked.   It's not quite a forehead slapper but close.

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8 minutes ago, LooseGoose said:

I cheated and looked.   It's not quite a forehead slapper but close.

yup

Spoiler

but I had forgotten that Albert had even one good year with the Angels

 

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2 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

yup

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but I had forgotten that Albert had even one good year with the Angels

 

Exactly the reason I missed it.

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As some astutely recognized, only Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols accomplished this fact.

Pujols hit 51 doubles in both 2003 and 2004 in the NL, then hit 50 for the Angels in 2012.
Cabrera hit 50 in 2006 with the Marlins and 52 with the Tigers in 2014.

Tris Speaker had the most 50+ 2B seasons with 5.  Pujols and a few others had 3 seasons.

~K

 

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Good stuff. I love this kind of random trivia. I rarely know the answer but enjoy learning.

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I miss good trivia games.... with the internet it's kind of become a lost art. David Newman used to have some great trivia shows.  Once a month.  Led to some great conversastions.

 

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Think of this question as a refresher of how great Albert Pujols was...

Pujols is one of only seven players to hit 40+ home runs in both leagues (40 with the Angels in 2015 and 6x with the Cardinals).

For extra credit, name the other six.  :)

~K
 

Spoiler

For those who can't wait!  

Albert Pujols
Ken Griffey Jr  (6xAL, 1x NL)
Jim Thome (4x AL, 2x NL)
Adam Dunn (1x AL, 4x NL)
Mark McGwire (3x AL, 2x NL)
Shawn Green (1x AL, 2x NL)  <--- totally forgot about him

And, of course...
Darrell Evans (1x AL, 1x NL)


 

EDIT:  As an aside, I'm crushing on this 'spoiler' option.   :)   

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8 minutes ago, Oblong said:

I miss good trivia games.... with the internet it's kind of become a lost art. David Newman used to have some great trivia shows.  Once a month.  Led to some great conversastions.

 

Looking back, I guess I was something of a tomboy growing up--I've always loved numbers.  :)  I collected baseball cards and, as an example, still remember a Jason Thompson card that mentioned how rare it was to hit 30 HR in both leagues (Thompson did it with the Tigers in '77 and the Pirates in '82).  I'm sure that's not quite so rare anymore.   :)

~K

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wow I never would have thought that about Thompson hitting 30 HR for the Pirates.  

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4 minutes ago, Oblong said:

wow I never would have thought that about Thompson hitting 30 HR for the Pirates.  

According to Thompson's Wikipedia page, Jason was the 3rd Pirate* to get 100 RBI and 100 walks in the same season (1982, the year he hit 31 HRs).  It's why I love statistics and trivia.  You don't think of guys like Thompson, but they had great seasons (given the era they played in).

~K

*There's 6 Pirates now who have had 100 RBI/100 walk seasons

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56 minutes ago, Kari Smith said:

Think of this question as a refresher of how great Albert Pujols was...

Pujols is one of only seven players to hit 40+ home runs in both leagues (40 with the Angels in 2015 and 6x with the Cardinals).

For extra credit, name the other six.  :)

~K
 

  Reveal hidden contents

For those who can't wait!  

Albert Pujols
Ken Griffey Jr  (6xAL, 1x NL)
Jim Thome (4x AL, 2x NL)
Adam Dunn (1x AL, 4x NL)
Mark McGwire (3x AL, 2x NL)
Shawn Green (1x AL, 2x NL)  <--- totally forgot about him

And, of course...
Darrell Evans (1x AL, 1x NL)


 

EDIT:  As an aside, I'm crushing on this 'spoiler' option.   :)   

I will start with .. Darrell Evans?

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On 5/10/2018 at 10:18 AM, Tigrrfan said:

I will start with .. Darrell Evans?

Darrell Evans was one!  He was one of three Atlanta Braves to hit 40+ (with Davey Johnson and Hammerin' Hank) in 1973.  He then led the majors in HR's with 40 in 1985.

~K

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I had Darrell Evans, and I had Davey Johnson hitting 40 for the Braves (at The Launching Pad) but not for the Orioles.  But I'm completely stumped going forward.  I need to think harder about the steroid years and people who switched leagues.

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From the home run derby era, Thome and Griffey come to mind.  Thome for sure, not sure if Griffey got 40 with the Reds.....

I just checked.  He did.  

 

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Along with Pujols, I came up with McGwire, Thome, Griffey, and Shawn Green.  I am almost certain Adam Dunn did it too.  I will be honest, I never, ever would have come up with Darrell Evans.

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