Albert Pujols makes History

By jason keen
Updated: October 17, 2009

In the history of Major League Baseball there have been only 23 players have hit for 40 or more doubles and 40 or more home runs in the same season, a feat that has been accomplished only 32 times. This past season Albert Pujols joins Lou Gehrig as the only two players to accomplish this feat three times.

There have been 6 players to hit 45 or more doubles and 45 or more home runs in the same season. This past year Albert Pujols joins Albert Belle as the only two players to accomplish this feat twice.

Albert Belle remains the only player in history to hit 50 or more doubles and 50 or more home runs in the same season. And, Alfonso Soriano remains the only player in the 40double/40homerun club to steal 40 bases in the same season.

The 40double/40homerun Club
* denotes 452B and 45HR
** denotes 502B and 50HR

2B HR Year Player, Team
44 59 1921 Babe Ruth, Yankees
46 42 1922 Rogers Hornsby, Cardinals
45 41 1923 Babe Ruth, Yankees
52 47 1927 Lou Gehrig, Yankees*
45 43 1929 Chuck Klein, Phillies
42 41 1930 Lou Gehrig, Yankees
59 40 1930 Chuck Klein, Phillies
40 49 1934 Lou Gehrig, Yankees
45 42 1936 Hal Trosky, Indians
49 40 1937 Hank Greenberg, Tigers
50 41 1940 Hank Greenberg, Tigers
43 44 1973 Willie Stargell, Pirates
52 50 1995 Albert Belle, Indians**
45 40 1996 Ellis Burks, Rockies
46 49 1997 Larry Walker, Rockies*
50 45 1998 Juan Gonzalez, Rangers*
48 49 1998 Albert Belle, White Sox*
45 42 1999 Shawn Green, Blue Jays
41 45 1999 Chipper Jones, Braves
44 43 2000 Frank Thomas, White Sox
57 41 2000 Carlos Delgado, Blue Jays
42 44 2000 Richard Hidalgo, Astros
59 42 2000 Todd Helton, Rockies
54 49 2001 Todd Helton, Rockies*
51 43 2003 Albert Pujols, Cardinals
51 46 2004 Albert Pujols, Cardinals*
44 43 2004 Manny Ramirez, Red Sox
47 41 2004 David Ortiz, Red Sox
40 47 2005 David Ortiz, Red Sox
50 46 2005 Derek Lee, Cubs*
41 43 2005 Mark Texiera
41 46 2006 Alfonso Soriono
45 47 2009 Albert Pujols, Cardinals*

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