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Vol. 2

Answers to last week’s Triple Crown TWIBia

1) .363 AVG, 49 HR, 165 RBI – Lou Gehrig, 1B, 1934
Although best known for his landmark 1939 inspirational speech,
“biscuit pants” could swing the lumber with the very best. The Iron
Horse won the 1934 AL Triple Crown with these numbers: in fact, he led
all of MLB in these categories, as well as OBP and SLG. In spite of
this, he finished fifth in the MVP voting to Mickey Cochrane – who won
the award as player-manager for the first place Tigers with a .320
average and 2 homeruns.

2) .301 AVG, 23 HR, 74 RBI – Carl Yastrzemski, OF, 1968
year after winning MLB’s last Triple Crown, Yaz won the batting title
in the Year of the Pitcher with a .301 average: the lowest for any
batting crown in MLB history.

3) .320 AVG, 52 HR, 149 RBI – George Foster, OF, 1977
The sometimes forgotten slugger that was an integral part of the Big
Red Machine, Foster put up some monster numbers in 1977, and posted the
highest HR total since Willie Mays in 1965. While Cecil Fielder reached
the 50-homer plateau in 1990, Foster’s total wouldn’t be equaled until
Mark McGwire’s 52 round-trippers in 1996. His 149 RBI total was the
highest since Tommy Davis drove in 153 in 1962, and wouldn’t be
eclipsed until Andres Galarraga tallied 150 in 1996.

4) .354 AVG, 10 HR, 109 RBI – Honus Wagner, SS, 1908
One of
the game’s all-time greatest hitters had perhaps his finest season in
1908, leading the league in over 11 different hitting categories. Honus
would win eight NL batting crowns over his career, a record only
matched by Tony Gwynn.

5) .401 AVG, 42 HR, 152 RBI – Rogers Hornsby, 2B, 1922
think of Ted Williams and his 1941 average of .406 as the benchmark for
batting average, but Hornsby averaged over .400 for a five season
period (1921-25), including a career high of .424 in 1924. He remains
the only player in history reach the 40 homer – .400 average marks in
the same season.

6) .345 AVG, 41 HR, 110 RBI – Willie Mays, OF, 1954
When you
think of Willie Mays and 1954 you think of his awe-inspiring World
Series catch, but at age 23 he may have had his finest season at the
plate, winning the MVP as the Giants overtook the 111 win Indians for
the title.

7) .398 AVG, 32 HR, 122 RBI – Lefty O’Doul, OF, 1929
as a pitcher and out of baseball at age 26, Lefty worked on becoming a
hitter in the minors and did he ever – returning at age 31 as a
ferocious slugger who went on to win 2 batting titles and post a career
.349 average.

8) .362 AVG, 40 HR, 124 RBI – Mike Piazza, C, 1997
the greatest hitter never to win an MVP or lead the league in a major
hitting category, Mike Piazza’s 1997 performance remains the finest
season a catcher has ever had at the plate. Piazza would finish 2nd in
MVP voting to Larry Walker.

9) .313 AVG, 47 HR, 129 RBI – Ernie Banks, SS, 1958
before Cal Ripken allegedly revolutionized the position by being a big
man, 6’1” Ernie Banks was pumping out 40 homer seasons as a shortstop,
reaching the plateau 4 times as a full time shortstop. Make that 5 if
you count 1957, when he hit 43 HR while playing 58 games at 3B and 100
as ****. Only Alex Rodriguez has more 40 homer seasons as a shortstop.

10) .391 AVG, 1 HR, 33 RBI – John McGraw, 3B, 1898
Before he
became one of the all-time greatest managers, McGraw was a heck of a
ballplayer that knew the value of getting on base, posting a lifetime
.334 batting average and an amazing .466 career on base percentage –
the 3rd highest total in MLB history that trails only Ted Williams and
Babe Ruth.

Last week’s 10 for 10 performances:

Brett Bonacum
Greg Holcombe

Good job, boys.

Phew, that was a lot to get through. Now I don’t have time to write about much else! I’ll keep the TWIBia to 5 for this week.

Anyhow, this week’s episode of TWIB features the Philadelphia
Phillies. We spent time with the reigning NL East champs as they spoke
about last season’s dramatic finish, and what how they hope to build on
that success by going deeper into the postseason this October. Shane
Victorino and Kyle Kendrick gave us a tour of their new pad, and Brett
Myers was kind enough to wear a wireless microphone in game as he gave
a little color commentary from the dugout as the Phils took on the

The week after TWIB will take a look at baseball around the
globe, starting with the tour of China. You’ll get to see all the
inside access as we trailed Trevor Hoffman on his visit to the Great
Wall, and you’ll hear from Joe Torre as he was wired in the dugout for
an exhibition game.

I hope you continue to tune in each week, and thanks for checking the website. As always, you can email us at twib@mlb.com with questions, suggestions, and of course your TWIBia answers.

Triple Crown TWIBia #2

1. .386 AVG, 40 HR, 170 RBI
2. .407 AVG, 13 HR, 141 RBI
3. .316 AVG, 31 HR, 91 RBI
4. .272 AVG, 28 HR, 100 RBI
5. .317 AVG, 40 HR, 110 RBI

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