57 doubles

When playing with the Lahman database in MySQL the other day (what do you do with your spare time?), I generated a list of all of the players who have hit 55 or more doubles in a season. It turns out to be a short list. This table also includes the home runs hit by each of these players in that season.

First Name Last Name Year 2B HR
Ed Delahanty 1899 55 9
Tris Speaker 1923 59 17
George Burns 1926 64 4
Chuck Klein 1930 59 40
Earl Webb 1931 67 14
Paul Waner 1932 62 8
Hank Greenberg 1934 63 26
Billy Herman 1935 57 7
Charlie Gehringer 1936 60 15
Billy Herman 1936 57 5
Joe Medwick 1936 64 18
Gee Walker 1936 55 12
Joe Medwick 1937 56 31
George Kell 1950 56 8
Craig Biggio 1999 56 16
Carlos Delgado 2000 57 41
Todd Helton 2000 59 42
Lance Berkman 2001 55 34
Garret Anderson 2002 56 29
Nomar Garciaparra 2002 56 24
Brian Roberts 2009 56 16
Matt Carpenter 2013 55 11

Jays fans will notice a familiar name on this list: Carlos Delgado hit 57 doubles in 2000. This was not only good but historically good: his total and Todd Helton’s 59 were the highest doubles totals in 64 years. No one has reached this level since, though we have had two 55 and three 56 totals.

Delgado’s total of home runs plus doubles, 98, is the third-highest in history. The two higher totals were both achieved in hitter’s parks. Todd Helton’s 101 was in the launching pad of Colorado, and Chuck Klein’s 99 for the 1930 Phillies was achieved as part of a starting lineup in which no one hit below .280, and Klein and Lefty O’Doul hit over .380. All that hitting wasn’t enough: the Phillies lost 102 games that year, and finished last.

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