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  • Home Runs per 600 at Bats?

    Has anyone read the late Robert C. McConnell's SABR article about The Home Run Average? FYI - In 1981, McConnell took over the SABR Home Run Log after John Tattersall's death in 1981. SABR published SABR Presents The Home Run Encyclopedia in 1996.

    The gist of the article is:

    "A meaningful home run average is home runs per 600 at bats (HR/600 AB). Why 600 at bats? A player will chalk up about 600 at bats by playing a reasonably full schedule during a season. Thus, HR/600 AB tells the fan how many home runs the player would have hit if he had played a full season."

    The following tables illustrate the use of this home run average:

    TOP LIFETIME HOME RUN AVERAGES
    Player HR AVE. Player HR AVE.
    Babe Ruth 714 51.0 Willie Mays 660 36.4
    Harm Killebrew 546 43.7 Hank Sauer 288 36.0
    Ralph Kiner 369 42.5 Eddie Mathews 512 36.0
    Willie McCovey 413 41.9 Frank Robinson 552 35.5
    Ted Williams 521 40.6 Frank Howard 382 35.3
    Mickey Mantle 536 39.7 Reggie Jackson 189 34.9
    Jimmy Foxx 534 39.4 Richie Allen 287 34.5
    Hank Greenberg 331 38.2 Roy Campanella 242 34.5
    Henry Aaron 713 37.9 Rocky Colavito 374 34.5
    Willie Stargell 321 37.1 Gus Zernial 237 34.4
    Lou Gehrig 493 37.0 Dick Stuart 228 34.2
    Jim Gentile 179 36.8 Duke Snider 407 34.1
    TOP SEASON HOME RUN AVERAGES
    Rank Player and Club Year HR AVE.
    1 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1920 54 70.7
    2 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1927 60 66.7
    3 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1921 59 65.6
    4 Mickey Mantle, Yankees 1961 54 63.0
    5 Hank Greenberg, Tigers 1938 58 62.6.
    6 Roger Mans, Yankees 1961 61 62.0
    7 Henry Aaron, Braves 1973 40 61.2
    8 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1928 54 60.5
    9 Jimmy Foxx, Athletics 1932 58 59.5
    10 Ralph Kiner, Pirates 1949 54 59.0
    11 Mickey Mantle, Yankees 1956 52 58.5
    12 Hack Wilson, Cubs 1930 56 57.4
    13 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1926 47 57.0
    14 Henry Aaron, Braves 1971 47 57.0
    15 Jim Gentile, Orioles 1961 46 56.8
    16 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1930 49 56.8
    17 Willie Stargell, Pirates 1971 48 56.4
    18 Ted Williams, Red Sox 1960 29 56.1
    19 Rudy York, Tigers 1937 35 56.0
    20 Willie Nays, Giants 1965 52 55.9
    21 Babe Ruth, Yankees 1929 46 55.3
    22 Boog Powell, Orioles 1964 39 55.2
    23 Willie McCovey, Giants 1969 45 55.0
    24 Johnny Mize, Yankees 1950 25 54.7
    25 Ted Williams, Red Sox 1957 38 54.3

    Interesting and I'm not really surprised at the result. These charts were obviously done in the late nineties and do not include the PED players.
    Last edited by Badge714; 05-02-2018, 05:33 PM.
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    These charts were obviously done in the late nineties and do not include the PED players.
    Including McGwire, the all-time leader at 56.7 for his career, The only other player I think who is higher than Ruth for his career is Judge, at 51.7, but of course he only has about one season behind him. Bonds has the single season record of 92.0, McGwire second at 82.5. Bonds had one other season with a higher average than Ruth's best, Mac had two. I don't think anyone else bested Ruth.
    Last edited by Stolensingle; 05-03-2018, 12:37 AM.

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