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  • 24 years old - this is the best age for a peak?

    I personally assumed to myself that 25-32 was the age of "prime years" and when players reach their peaks.

    well, then i got to noticing something on baseball reference.

    the following seasons were when a player was 24 during part of the season:

    Ty Cobb 1911
    Tris Speaker 1912
    Babe Ruth 1919
    Lou Gehrig 1927
    Jimmy Foxx 1932
    Hank Greenberg 1935
    Joe Dimaggio 1939
    Mickey Mantle 1956
    Mike Schmidt 1974
    Rickey Henderson 1983
    Don Mattingly 1985
    Derek Jeter 1999
    Vlad Guerrero 2000
    Albert Pujols 2004



    these are some of the best seasons by anyone. Gehrig, Foxx, Mantle, Jeter and Cobb had their most productive years in their career. You can argue about Dimaggio, Mattingly and Speaker.

  • #2
    it's so hard to pick a best season from this list! it's impossible.

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    • #3
      Alex Rodriguez's 2000 was quite amazing too (.316, 41 homers, 132 RBI, 100 walks and 15 SB to boot)

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      • #4
        Age 24-25 is probably an normal peak beginning for batters.

        Although
        Mike Schmidt's peak was 1980-82 (30-32)
        Rickey Henderson was more impressive batting 1990-1992 (31-33)
        Tony Gwynn had is best seasons near his mid-30s
        Wade Boggs had later start and peaked 1986-1988 (28-30)
        Kirby Puckett also got a late start
        Paul Molitor's best non-DH years were also in his 30s
        Ryne Sanberg's peak was 1990-1992 (30-32)
        Joe Morgan peaked 1974-1976 (30-32)
        Tony Perez peaked late 20s / early 30s
        George Brett was doing some heavy killing 1980 (27) and later
        Then we got Sam Rice, who wasn't a major leaguer until age 25
        ...there are plenty other examples

        I'm guessing peak patterns for pitchers are more erratic.

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        • #5
          The following were at these ages. I originally made these lists in the 1960's, and revised them in the 1980's. I believe them to be each player's best statistical season.

          Pitchers.

          Age 28:
          Pete Alexander - 1915
          Jack Coombs - 1910
          Luis Tiant - 1968
          Russ Ford - 1910
          Addie Joss - 1908
          Ed Walsh - 1910
          Steve Carlton - 1972
          Jack Taylor - 1902
          Ron Guidry - 1978
          Bob Feller - 1946
          Orval Overall - 1909
          Stan Coveleski - 1917

          Hitters.

          Age 24:
          Cobb - 1911
          Joe Jackson - 1911
          Paul Waner - 1927
          Tris Speaker - 1912
          Mickey Mantle - 1926
          Lou Gehrig - 1927

          Age 26:
          Babe Ruth - 1921
          Rogers Hornsby - 1922
          Jimmy Foxx - 1932
          Hank Greenberg - 1937
          Nap Lajoie - 1901
          Honus Wagner - 1900

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          • #6
            you got Jimmie Foxx's age wrong

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