Hit & Run

Players with 40+ Home Runs and 40 or less Strikeouts in a Season

It was easier to hit a home run than to strikeout

Players with 40+ Home Runs and 40 or less Strikeouts in a Season

 

Mel Ott (1929)

Lou Gehrig (1934)

Joe DiMaggio (1937)

Johnny Mize (1948)

Ted Kluszewski (1953/54/55)

Few players in the history of the Major Leagues have had a season with more home runs hit than strikeouts at the plate and only five have been able to achieve these marks in a single season.

 Mize had, between the players with more longballs than strikeouts, the largest amount of home runs with 51, but struckout on 42 occasions in 1947.

 Gehrig also launched 49 home runs in 1936, but he struck out 46 times.

 Kluszewski is the only one to achieve this feat three times and all were in consecutive manner.

 Barry Bonds is only the sixth hitter with 40+ longballs (45), but he did not enter this unique group because he finished with 41 strikeouts in 2004.

 8 other players had 30+ home runs and 30 or less punchouts (DiMaggio on 5 occasions).

Player (Totals for those seasons)  HR K's
Mel Ott (NYG) 42 38
Lou Gehrig (NYY) 49 31
Joe DiMaggio (NYY) 46 37
Johnny Mize (NYG) 40 37
Ted Kluszewski (CIN) 40/49/47 34/35/40
 
10 September 2015
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