Joe Morgan – Home Run and Stolen Base Records
When we think of power and speed, we think of the 30/30 club and the heralded 40/40 club. And while Joe Morgan is not part of either of these clubs his rare combination of power and speed led to 10 all-star appearances, 5 gold glove awards and two MVP awards.
He would hit 22 or more home runs in four different seasons and steal 40 or more bases in nine different seasons. While Ricky Henderson can match the stolen bases he cannot match the power numbers. Joe Morgan remains the only player in history with 250 or more home runs, 675 stolen bases and a slugging percentage of .425 or higher.
This Date in Baseball
At age of 44, Cy Young gains his 511th and final career win defeating the Pirates, 1-0.
At Sportsman’s Park against the Browns, Eddie Collins becomes the only player to steals six bases in one game for a second time. The Philadelphia A’s second baseman’s feat of thievery has yet to be surpassed.
Burleigh Grimes accounts for seven outs in just three plate appearances. The Dodger pitcher hits into two double plays, then into a triple play.
Chicago sends Dickie Noles to the Tigers for player to be named later. A month later the right handed pitcher is return to the Cubs as that player to be named later.
Fred McGriff becomes the first player to hit 30 home runs in a season for five different teams (Blue Jays Braves, Cubs, Devil Rays). The ‘Crime Dog’s’ first inning PNC poke also sets a record for being the 42nd major league park in which he’s gone yard, one more than Ellis Burks of the Indians.