Babe Ruth – 170Runs & 170RBI

By jason keen
Updated: September 14, 2010
Babe Ruth Record

Babe Ruth remains the only player in baseball history to accumulate 170 runs scored and 170 runs batted in during the same season. In fact only one other player has eclipsed the 160/160 plateau, Lou Gehrig. In Ruth’s magical season, he would hit 59 home runs, 44 doubles, 16 triples and .378/.512/.846. Not too bad for a pitcher with a career 2.28 earned run average.

This Day in Baseball

With his 6-5 victory over New York at Sportsman’s Park, Cardinals right-hander Howie Krist finishes the season, 10-0. Spud’s perfect season establishes a National League record for the most wins in season by a pitcher without a defeat.

In a 9-6 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, rookie Bob Nieman hits consecutive dingers off Mickey McDermott becoming the first player to hit home runs in his first two career at bats in the majors.

Giant third baseman Bob Brenly, usually a catcher, ties a major league record by making four errors in one inning, but makes amends by hitting two home runs, including the ninth inning game-winner, as San Francisco beats the Braves at Candlestick Park, 7-6.

The Blue Jays blast a major league record of ten home runs in an 18-3 rout of the Orioles at Camden Yards.

Mariner Ken Griffey and his son, Junior, become the first father and son to hit homers in the same major league game. The back-to-back blasts are given up by Angel hurler Kirk McCaskill.

At Kauffman Stadium, the Royals become the fifth team in baseball history to score in every inning. The eight innings of consistency leads to 16-6 win over the A’s.

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  1. rich slaby

    July 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    In reference to Babe Ruth’s 170 rbi’s and 170 runs in 1921, Ruth’s total run production (runs + runs batted in -home runs) comes to 289. In comparison to Lou Gehrig’s 1931 season when he produced 301 runs, Gehrig had a much better year. Since a home run counts as both a run scored and an RBI you have to subtract the HR’s so as not to skew the actual total of runs produced. Lou Gehrig is the only player ever to produce 300 runs in one season.

  2. MLB Baseball 2014 SportsFanGalaxy

    March 26, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Bambino, the Sultan of Swat established many batting records during his retirement. He was ranked number 1 in baseballs 100 greatest players by sporting news list in 1998.

    The blog is very informative and keep posting new articles.


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