Batters With Only One Type of Hit in a Season

Earlier today, Jacob Petersen, the owner of the excellent JunkStats site, tweeted the following:

Jacob Peterson@junkstats

Carlos Beltran has 5 homers and no other extra-base hits.

That sent the VORG world spinning.  Which player has the most extra-base hits of a certain type in a season with no other extra-base hits? To the Baseball Reference Play Index we go:

First up, most doubles with no other extra-base hits:

Player 2B Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG
Jimmy Collins 29 1907 TOT 579 .278 .332 .333
Frank Taveras 27 1980 NYM 598 .279 .308 .327
Steve O’Neill 23 1916 CLE 417 .235 .288 .296
Ron Hunt 20 1972 MON 531 .253 .363 .298
Jo-Jo Morrissey 20 1933 CIN 567 .230 .261 .268
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Generated 4/20/2012.

Notes: Jimmy Collins is a Hall of Famer.  Ron Hunt augmented his OBP by leading the NL with 26 hit-by-pitches.

Next, most triples with no other extra-base hits:

Player 3B Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG
George Twombly 5 1914 CIN 266 .233 .284 .275
Rafael Belliard 4 1988 PIT 321 .213 .288 .241
U L Washington 4 1986 PIT 155 .200 .278 .259
Joe Stanley 4 1906 WSH 258 .163 .236 .199
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Generated 4/20/2012.

Note: Belliard drove in 11 runs in 321 PAs in 1988.

Next, most homers with no other extra-base hits:

Player HR Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG
Carlos Zambrano 6 2006 CHC 80 .151 .160 .397
Luis Medina 6 1988 CLE 56 .255 .309 .608
Larry Hisle 6 1980 MIL 76 .283 .421 .583
Duke Sims 6 1965 CLE 133 .178 .271 .331
Earl Wilson 6 1965 BOS 95 .177 .301 .405
Carl Sawatski 6 1963 STL 120 .238 .333 .410
Babe Ruth 6 1935 BSN 92 .181 .359 .431
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Generated 4/20/2012.

Notes: Might be the only circumstance in which you find Zambrano and Ruth on the same list.  Larry Hisle had a career OPS+ of 123.

While we’re here, we might as well check out those players with the most hits of each type with NO other hits of all other types:

Up first, most singles with no extra-base hits:

Player H Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG
Jack O’Connor 33 1906 SLB 184 .190 .199 .190
Lynn Nelson 31 1938 PHA 118 .277 .319 .277
Bill Stumpf 31 1912 NYY 143 .240 .279 .240
Mark Grudzielanek 30 2010 CLE 119 .273 .328 .273
Mike Gallego 28 1995 OAK 132 .233 .292 .233
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Generated 4/20/2012.

Note: Grudzielanek and Gallego are middle infielder of some repute.  O’Connor was in his next-to-last season, at age 40.

Second, most doubles with no other hits:

Player 2B Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG
Chad Moeller 3 2010 NYY 15 .214 .267 .429
Rikkert Faneyte 3 1994 SFG 29 .115 .207 .231
Roger McDowell 3 1988 NYM 9 .333 .333 .667
Dennis Powell 3 1986 LAD 14 .214 .214 .429
Jeff Reed 3 1984 MIN 24 .143 .217 .286
Al Worthington 3 1966 MIN 11 .273 .273 .545
Earl Hersh 3 1956 MLN 13 .231 .231 .462
Al Dark 3 1946 BSN 13 .231 .231 .462
Charlie Barnabe 3 1927 CHW 24 .158 .304 .316
Verdo Elmore 3 1924 SLB 18 .176 .222 .353
Hank Gehring 3 1908 WSH 5 .600 .600 1.200
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Generated 4/20/2012.

Note: Five pitchers on this list. Faneyte struck out 11 times in those 29 plate appearances.

Next, most triples with no other hits:

Player 3B Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG
Mark Johnson 2 1998 CHW 24 .087 .125 .261
Chico Walker 2 1983 BOS 5 .400 .400 1.200
Bobby Estalella 2 1936 WSH 13 .222 .462 .667
Cecil Bolton 2 1928 CLE 15 .154 .267 .462
Limb McKenry 2 1916 CIN 5 .400 .400 1.200
Ed Irwin 2 1912 DET 3 .667 .667 2.000
Mike O’Neill 2 1907 CIN 32 .069 .129 .207
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Generated 4/20/2012.

Note: Mark Johnson’s two triples were the first two hits of his career . . . AND he was a catcher.

Finally, most homers with no other hits:

Player HR Year Tm PA BA OBP SLG
Jorge Sosa 3 2006 TOT 32 .125 .192 .500
Keith McDonald 3 2000 STL 9 .429 .556 1.714
Clem Labine 3 1955 BRO 37 .097 .176 .387
Ed Sanicki 3 1949 PHI 15 .231 .286 .923
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Generated 4/20/2012.

Note: Yes, that Jorge Sosa is a pitcher, and he had nine other hits (no homers) in the other 70 plate appearances in his career.  Labine was also a pitcher, and he floundered even worse outside of that 1955 power surge (nine other hits . . . no homers . . . in the other 220 plate appearances).

 

 

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