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Major League 30/30 Seasons

By Patrick Mondout

Some fans believe the ultimate baseball player should be able to win a Gold Glove at his position, hit for average, have the speed to steal bases, and be able to hit home runs. The sexiest club for a player to belong to for such fans is the 30/30 club. Members must have stolen at least 30 bases and hit 30 home runs in the same season. 

In the first half of the 20th Century, only one player (Ken Williams in 1922) managed at least 30 homers and 30 steals. Four players in 1987 alone accomplished the feat, showing the recent emphasis on players who could both hit the long ball and steal a base. 

The year 1987 year was a special one in the history of power/speed numbers. Howard Johnson and Darryl Strawberry became the first teammates to achieve 30/30 and 'Juiced' Canseco managed to become the first 40/40 man (he has since been joined by Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriquez).

The most home runs by a member of the 30/30 club during such a season was 49 by Larry Walker, who also had 33 steals in 1997. The most steals is 52 by Barry Bonds, who also had 33 home runs in 1990. Barry and his father Bobby Bonds were the first father/son pair to accomplish the 30/30 feat and each did it a record 5 times. 

As a fan of all the power/speed guys of the Awesome80s, I always wondered what the always injured Eric Davis (who played in just 129 games in 1987 - the lowest ever for a 30/30 guy) did over a 162 game stretch circa 1986/1987. Now that I've got the splits and dailies, I finally have my answer and it is just as I suspected. The best 162 game stretch that I can find by Eric Davis was from June 13, 1986 to July 5, 1987. During that unprecedented stretch, Davis had 47 home runs and 98 stolen bases! He also won the the first of three straight Gold Gloves. Imagine if he could have put together such a season before injuries took their toll. The first 50/100 man? Amazing!

To come full circle from the opening paragraph, players who have joined the 30/30 club and won both a batting title and a Gold Glove are: Willie Mays, Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Larry Walker. Ellis Burks won a Gold Glove and finished 2nd to Tony Gwynn in batting with a .344 average in 1996. Barry Larkin won a Gold Glove and batted .342 in 1989, which would have bested Gwynn but for the fact that he did not have enough plate appearances.

Here are all Major League 30/30 seasons through 2005:

30/30 Seasons
YEAR NAME HR SB G
1922 Ken Williams 39  37 153
1952 Willie Mays 36 40 152
1956 Willie Mays 35 38 152
1963 Hank Aaron 44 31 161
1969 Bobby Bonds 32 45 158
1970 Tommy Harper 31 38 154
1973 Bobby Bonds 39 43 160
1975 Bobby Bonds 32 30 145
1977 Bobby Bonds 37 41 158
1978 Bobby Bonds 31 43 156
1983 Dale Murphy 36 30 162
1987 Joe Carter 32 31 149
1987 Eric Davis 37 50 129
1987 Howard Johnson 36 32 157
1987 Darryl Strawberry 39 36 154
1988 Jose Canseco 42 40 158
1989 Howard Johnson 36 41 153
1990 Ron Gant 32 33 152
1990 Barry Bonds 33 52 152
1991 Ron Gant 32 34 154
1991 Howard Johnson 38 30 156
1992 Barry Bonds 34 39 140
1993 Sammy Sosa 36 33 159
1995 Sammy Sosa 36 34 144
1995 Barry Bonds 33 31 144
1996 Dante Bichette 31 31 159
1996 Barry Bonds 42 40 158
1996 Ellis Burks 40 32 156
1996 Barry Larkin 33 36 152
1997 Larry Walker 49 33 153
1997 Jeff Bagwell 43 31 162
1997 Barry Bonds 40 37 159
1997 Raul Mondesi 30 32 159
1998 Shawn Green 35 35 158
1998 Alex Rodriguez 42 46 161
1999 Jeff Bagwell 42 30 162
1999 Raul Mondesi 33 36 159
2000 Preston Wilson 31 36 161
2001 Jose Cruz, Jr. 34 32 146
2001 Bobby Abreu 31 36 162
2001 Vladimir Guerrero 34 37 159
2002 Alfonso Soriano 39 41 156
2002 Vladimir Guerrero 39 40 161
2003 Alfonso Soriano 38 35 156
2004 Bobby Abreu 30 40 159
2004 Carlos Beltran 38 42 159
2005 Alfonso Soriano 36 30 156
30 HRs and 30 SBs in Same Season

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Barring injuries, Eric Davis might have become the first player with 50 homers and 100 steals in the same season!

Photo by Lou Sauritch, 2006 Super70s.com


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