Monday, August 09, 2010

Stan "The Man" Musial

The current Sports Illustrated has a wonderful article by Joe Posnanski on Stan Musial. I learned about an amazing piece of statistical trivia. In 1948 if Stan Musial had hit one more home run he would have tied Ralph Kiner and Johnny Mize for the National League home run title. If he had done that he would have led the league in home runs, runs, hits, doubles, triples, RBIs, batting average, on base percentage and slugging. Amazing year. Another piece of trivia: Musial hit 475 home runs in his career and never led the league in home runs. Another one? OK. He finished with 3630 hits. 1815 of those hits were hit at home and 1815 were hit on the road.

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