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JULY 5-100 RBI before All-Star break

1998 | ARLINGTON, TEXASJuan Gonzalez of the Texas Rangers drove in four runs on this date in 1998. It gave him 101 RBI by the All-Star break. Only Hank Greenberg had ever reached the century mark in RBI at the midway point of the season. Greenberg had 103 by the 1935 mid-summer classic.

Gonzalez had a crack at the all-time record for RBI in a season. It was held by Hack Wilson of the Chicago Cubs who drove in 191 in 1930.

Gonzalez ended up with 156 RBI in the 1998 season, 35 short of Wilson’s record. Hack Wilson never had 100 RBI at the mid-way point of the season, but his record for most RBI in a season stands to this day.

The top ten RBI in a season:

  1.        Hack Wilson 191 (1930)
  2.        Lou Gehrig 184 (1931)
  3.        Hank Greenberg 184 (1937)
  4.        Jimmie Foxx 175 (1938)
  5.        Lou Gehrig 175 (1927)
  6.        Lou Gehrig 174 (1930)
  7.        Chuck Klein 170 (1930)
  8.        Jimmie Foxx 169 (1932)
  9.        Babe Ruth 168 (1921)
  10.        Hank Greenberg 168 (1935)

Notice anything interesting about the list?

Eight of the top ten RBI leaders are from the 1930’s. The other two are from the 1920’s. Not a single top ten RBI year came after World War II. The first to show is #14 Manny Ramirez, who had 165 RBI in 1999. Why is that? Let me know at.

Contributing Sources:
Hack Wilson
Chuck klein
Retrosheet

 

MAY 3-Now that’s production!

1951 | ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Six RBI (runs batted in) in a week is pretty good. Six in a day is a headline grabber. How about six RBI in an inning! That’s what New York Yankees rookie Gil McDougald did on this date in 1951.

McDougald hit a two-run Triple to kick off a 9th inning rally against the St. Louis Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis. He came around to bat again. This time he hit a grand slam. The Yankees ended up scoring 11 times that inning on their way to a 17-3 shellacking of the Browns.

The runs batted in (RBI) statistic is a valuable measure of a player’s offensive production, but is dependent on situations. You need to have runners on base or hit a lot of home runs to get RBI. It also depends where you are in the batting order and how productive the hitters ahead of you are.

Bob Johnson, Joe Astroth, Tom McBride, Bob Lemon, Sam Mele, Carlos Quintana, Matt Stairs, Matt Williams and Fernando Tatis have also had 6-RBI innings.

Here are the RBI leaders in various other categories:

Season:
Hack Wilson, Cubs (1930) 191
Lou Gehrig, Yankees (1931) 184
Hank Greenberg, Tigers (1937) 183

Career:
Henry Aaron, Braves, Brewers 2,297
Babe Ruth, Yankees, Red Sox 2,213
Cap Anson, Cubs (White Stockings) 2,076
Lou Gehrig, Yankees 1,995
Stan Musial, Cardinals 1,951

Game:
Jim Bottomly, Cardinals, Sept 24, 1924 12
Mark Whiten, Cardinals, Sept 7, 1993 12
Tony Lazzeri, Yankees, May 24, 1936 11

Contributing Sources:
All-time RBI Leaders
Gill McDougald stats
Baseball-Almanac