Brady Anderson and Barry Bonds – Two of a Kind
Brady Anderson and Barry Bonds are forever linked in the history books. Neither player dons a ring with the words “World Series Champions”. Both players began their career as a leadoff hitter. Both players started out as center fielders. But this is not the historical linkage I am referring to.
25 major league players have hit 50 or more home runs in a season with more than half coming in the last 15 years. And, just over 100 ball players have stolen 50 or more bases in a season. Brady Anderson and Barry Bonds are the only two players who have hit 50 home runs and stolen 50 bases in a single season (not the same season). Ironically, both players have only broke the 50 home run total and 50 stolen base barrier once throughout their career.
This Date in Baseball
Allowing only just one walk during a twin bill with the Cincinnati Reds, Grover Alexander of the Phillies wins both ends of a doubleheader (7-3 and 4-0) to establish an National League record. The future Hall of Famer will repeat the feat on September 3, 1917 against the Brooklyn Robins (Dodgers) at Ebbets Field.
Jose Canseco of the A’s becomes baseball’s first 40-40 player when he swipes his 39th and 40th base in a 14-inning victory over the Brewers, 9-8.
By stealing second base, Craig Biggio becomes the first player since Tris Speaker in 1912 to have 50 stolen bases and 50 doubles in the same season.
Joining Frank Robinson, Devil Rays’ Fred McGriff becomes only the second player in major league history to hit 200 homers in both the American and National League.
At Camden Yards, Orioles outfielder Jay Gibbons hits a foul ball straight back over the screen that hits a fan in the rib cage. The injured patron is the batter’s wife, Laura.