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|
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.