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Thursday, October 07, 2021

Salvador Perez, Jorge Soler, Bob Cerv, Heavy Johnson, and the Rich History of Kansas City’s Single-Season Home Run Record

Another intriguing but less publicized aspect of Perez’s excellent 2021 campaign was his pursuit of the Kansas City major league and Royals franchise single-season home run records.  Most major league cities and their residing franchise have the same single-season home run record holder.  Yet, for the majority of the fifty-plus history of the Kansas City Royals this was not the case as the city and the franchise had two separate record holders.  In fact, Kansas City baseball has its own rich history of major league play which predates the existence of the Royals franchise and traces its origins back to the 19th century.  Over the years, a variety of sluggers have held the city’s home run record.  These sluggers have taken the field for such franchises as the Monarchs and Athletics with some competing in now defunct major leagues like the American Association and the Negro Leagues.

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: October 07, 2021 at 07:35 AM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bob cerv, home run, jorge soler, kansas city athletics, kansas city royals, negro leagues, salvador perez

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   1. Fiore Gino Posted: October 07, 2021 at 03:48 PM (#6044536)
Interesting that Kansas City & the Royals franchise had different home run leaders for such a long time.
Oakland is a city that has a different single season home run leader than its franchise: the A’s leader is Jimmie Foxx with 58, Mark McGwire set the Oakland record with 52.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 07, 2021 at 05:03 PM (#6044557)
Washington, DC is like that, with Walter Johnson & Sam Rice of the original Senators on top of a lot of categories. Juan Soto has a pretty good chance of equal prominence, if he’s signed to a contract extension.
   3. BDC Posted: October 07, 2021 at 05:16 PM (#6044562)
Frank Howard held the Rangers' franchise single-season HR record for 32 years; he set it as a Washington Senator. AROD is the only guy to surpass him.

Howard is still third in career home runs for WSA/TEX, behind Juan Gonzalez and Rafael Palmeiro – despite only playing a half-season for Texas and hitting only 9 HR while here.
   4. sanny manguillen Posted: October 07, 2021 at 08:11 PM (#6044615)
Bunny Brief hit 42 and 40 homers for the Blues in 1921-22. Vince DiMaggio hit 46 for them in 1939. I never knew Vince was briefly Yankee property.
   5. Fiore Gino Posted: October 08, 2021 at 10:51 AM (#6044747)
@3 Frank Howard still holds the major league single season HR record for a Washington DC mlb player when he hit 48 in 1969. Alfonso Soriano has the Nats franchise record with 46 in 2006. Funny thing is Howard led the AL in HR in both 68 & 70 with 44 both years but didn’t lead the AL in 1969 since Reggie hit 49
   6. Itchy Row Posted: October 08, 2021 at 11:20 AM (#6044755)
New York's NL home run record was held by Giants until two years ago.
   7. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: October 08, 2021 at 12:54 PM (#6044789)
Ummm ... Killebrew led the AL in 1969 with 49 HR. Howard had 48, Jackson 47 (though he had an absolute insane 37 at the All Star break -- a total he bested only 3 times in a full season in his career, with 41 in 1980 and 39 in 1982, in addition to the 47).
   8. Fiore Gino Posted: October 08, 2021 at 02:42 PM (#6044830)
My mistake. I must’ve gotten Reggie’s HR total & another A’s player McGwire’s 49 HR from 1987 mixed up. Killebrew was quite a slugger, I’m surprised I overlooked him hitting 49 & remember it as Reggie’s total
   9. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: October 08, 2021 at 05:53 PM (#6044884)
I started buying baseball cards in 1970 (though I didn't really begin paying attention to actual on-field play till '71, for some reason), so the 1969 numbers are pretty well emblazoned in my brain.
   10. Ron J Posted: October 08, 2021 at 06:07 PM (#6044890)
#9 I started to play Stratomatic in 1969. The stats from 1969, 1970 and 1971 are similarly emblazoned in my mind.
   11. Fiore Gino Posted: October 08, 2021 at 06:19 PM (#6044892)
I’m not great with remembering stats but I will say my statistical recall is it’s strongest in years I collected baseball cards
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: October 08, 2021 at 06:23 PM (#6044894)
bought my first Topps cards in '68 and have similar level of memory still
   13. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 09, 2021 at 10:37 AM (#6044971)
i continue to spell my (real) name in all lower case and I'm wondering if it's because of something about the 1971 Topps set that is etched in my brain. Those were nice with the faux autographs, although they didnt do the full season by season thing on the back now that I think about it. I remember thinking that was a gyp.

I always confuse the 68 and 69 sets because they both have that bubble with the name/team, its the same bubble both years so its confusing. 68 has that cross hatch background which is kind of blah to me.

I think 70 layout maybe my favorite of all, I like the basic simplicity of name/team on the bottom. And the blue and yellow on the backside seems to match smell of powdered sugar.

72 I thought was cool when I first got them then I realized that look was sickening.

73 I thought was really classic with the little icons to represent positions, even the left hand pitchers got left hand icons. But it's been pointed out that the action pics are horrible because the shadows cover everyone's face and alot of them are too far away. I always wondered which one was Joe Rudi in that card, I think the middle guy is Bando, turns out none of those guys are Rudi! I still like that set.
   14. gef the talking mongoose, peppery hostile Posted: October 09, 2021 at 11:05 AM (#6044972)
I bought the heck out of the '71 set as well. I was playing little league (lower-cased because I know of no affiliation with the actual organization), & the little concession stand sold packs.
   15. sunday silence (again) Posted: October 10, 2021 at 09:25 AM (#6045124)
looking at them again, the 69 series is almost a perfect mash up of the 67 and 68 series. It uses the no border and floats the team name in the bottom like 67. THe font is the same or nearly the same. And it uses the bubble w/ name/position from 68. I think the 67s are the best of those; they feel really compelling e.g. the Tony Perez one that is awesome, and I remember the Gaylord Perry one was cool too.

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