Twelve to the Third Powerhitter

So in case you’ve been asleep all day, today is “12-12-12″.  The VORG is celebrating by giving you the players with the most “twelveness” in a season, based on their major batting stat categories:

Let’s start off by stating that there has never been a player-season in which the homers, RBI and batting average all ended in “12″ (ex. .312/12/112).

Of those who hit exactly 12 homers in a year, only six had a batting average that ended in a “12″, and none of those had an RBI total ending in “12″:

Player BA HR Year Tm AB RBI
Jose Cruz .312 12 1984 HOU 600 95
Al Oliver .312 12 1972 PIT 565 89
Joe Cunningham .312 12 1958 STL 337 57
Tommy Griffith .312 12 1921 BRO 455 71
Player BA HR Year Tm AB RBI
Jim Sundberg .212 12 1986 KCR 429 42
Bobo Osborne .212 12 1963 WSA 358 44

There has not been any occurrence of a player ending a season with exactly 12 homers and 112 RBI.

There have been two player-seasons with a batting average and RBI total each ending in “12″:

Player BA RBI Year Tm AB HR
Al Cowens .312 112 1977 KCR 606 23
Hank Greenberg .312 112 1939 DET 500 33

In terms of careers, of those who ended their playing days with exactly 12 homers, only two players ended with RBI totals ending in “12″, and neither one had a batting average ending in “12″:

Player BA HR RBI From To G AB
Charlie Hanford .280 12 112 1914 1915 232 776
Kiko Garcia .239 12 112 1976 1985 619 1470

Only three other players have career homer totals ending in “12″ and only one of those (Jim Thome) was active in 2012.  None of the three have BA or RBI totals ending in twelve:

Player HR RBI BA
Jim Thome 612 1699 .276
Ernie Banks 512 1636 .274
Eddie Mathews 512 1453 .271

The following are all players with career RBI totals ending in “12″.  The aforementioned Charlie Hanford and Kiko Garcia are the only players with twelves in another stat category:

Player RBI BA HR G
Frank Robinson 1812 .294 586 2808
Carlos Delgado 1512 .280 473 2035
Hal Trosky 1012 .302 228 1347
Walker Cooper 812 .285 173 1473
Willie Jones 812 .258 190 1691
George Grantham 712 .302 105 1445
Jimmy Williams 612 .265 35 1198
Pat Tabler 512 .282 47 1202
Adam Lind 412 .265 117 714
Scott Podsednik 312 .281 42 1079
Tony Piet 312 .277 23 744
John Stearns 312 .260 46 810
Jimmy Walsh 212 .285 25 502
Clyde Kluttz 212 .268 19 656
Bill Rigney 212 .259 41 655
Karim Garcia 212 .241 66 488
Willie Harris 212 .238 39 1046
Bob Melvin 212 .233 35 692
Matt Murton 112 .286 29 346
Bill Cunningham 112 .286 9 318
Jack Dalton 112 .286 4 345
Charlie Hanford 112 .280 12 232
Hal Peck 112 .279 15 355
Josh Barfield 112 .264 16 309
Leo Norris 112 .262 20 270
Bob Chance 112 .261 24 277
Sport McAllister 112 .259 4 237
Bob Borkowski 112 .251 16 470
Dick Bertell 112 .250 10 444
Kiko Garcia 112 .239 12 619
Jimmy Stewart 112 .237 8 777
Bill Atwood 112 .229 7 342
Dewayne Wise 112 .228 30 546
Tom Zachary 112 .226 6 546
A.J. Hinch 112 .219 32 350
Clyde Manion 112 .218 3 477
Sig Gryska 12 .329 0 25
Johnnie Tyler 12 .321 2 16
Stump Edington 12 .302 0 15
Bill Burgo 12 .297 2 44
Bill Ramsey 12 .292 1 78
Mike Fitzgerald 12 .288 0 82
Ed Sperber 12 .279 1 27
Luke Urban 12 .273 0 50
Russ Canzler 12 .271 3 29
Desi Wilson 12 .271 2 41
George Staller 12 .271 3 21
Mel Simons 12 .268 0 75
Russ Sullivan 12 .267 5 45
Jim Wilhelm 12 .262 0 49
Garey Ingram 12 .261 3 82
Lefty Weinert 12 .261 0 132
Rod Correia 12 .259 0 84
Jack Morrissey 12 .258 0 41
Brad Mills 12 .256 1 106
Bobby Locke 12 .255 1 168
Gus Fisher 12 .254 0 74
George Blackerby 12 .253 0 30
Matias Carrillo 12 .251 0 107
Elmer Yoter 12 .250 0 35
Angel Bravo 12 .248 1 149
Jimmy Shevlin 12 .247 0 54
Charlie Moss 12 .246 0 47
Harry Chappas 12 .245 1 72
Todd Haney 12 .244 3 101
Fats Dantonio 12 .244 0 50
Tom Heintzelman 12 .243 3 90
Reggie Baldwin 12 .241 1 52
Jack Barnett 12 .238 0 59
Michel Hernandez 12 .237 1 45
Liu Rodriguez 12 .237 1 39
Charlie White 12 .236 1 62
Marwin Gonzalez 12 .234 2 80
Eric Wedge 12 .233 5 39
Charlie Graham 12 .233 1 30
Mike Ramsey 12 .232 0 48
Trace Coquillette 12 .231 1 51
Purnal Goldy 12 .231 3 29
Les Layton 12 .231 2 63
Mike Knode 12 .231 0 42
Curtis Thigpen 12 .229 1 57
Cliff Brady 12 .228 0 53
Chris Narveson 12 .227 0 95
Bobby Thompson 12 .225 2 64
Bill Beckmann 12 .224 0 90
Ramon Nivar 12 .223 0 42
Johnny Miljus 12 .222 0 128
Bob Spade 12 .222 0 62
Luther Harvel 12 .221 0 40
Leo Callahan 12 .221 1 114
Bernardo Brito 12 .219 5 40
Mike Rogodzinski 12 .219 2 99
Orlando Sanchez 12 .218 0 73
Guy Sularz 12 .218 1 108
Ad Brennan 12 .218 1 132
Bob Schroder 12 .217 0 138
Jack Knight 12 .216 2 84
Rick Bladt 12 .215 1 62
Stan Andrews 12 .215 1 70
Pedro Florimon 12 .214 1 47
Zeb Eaton 12 .214 2 35
Rube Ehrhardt 12 .214 1 193
Jackie Mayo 12 .213 1 139
Jack McAleese 12 .213 0 86
Jim McDonnell 12 .211 0 50
Bud Sheely 12 .210 0 101
Skipper Roberts 12 .210 1 82
Jim Woods 12 .207 3 36
Goat Anderson 12 .206 1 127
Eric Bullock 12 .205 1 131
Jason Romano 12 .204 2 129
Lou Sleater 12 .204 4 145
Justin Christian 12 .203 0 76
Mike Corkins 12 .202 5 164
Vern Benson 12 .202 3 55
Andy Green 12 .200 2 140
Chad Mottola 12 .200 4 59
Drew Macias 12 .198 3 69
Herb Crompton 12 .196 0 38
Ed Miller 12 .195 0 86
Dee Walsh 12 .195 0 89
Steve Dunning 12 .194 4 145
Speed Martin 12 .194 1 127
Polly McLarry 12 .194 1 70
John McHale 12 .193 3 64
Bob Harris 12 .193 0 128
Kyle Phillips 12 .191 2 41
George Spriggs 12 .191 1 130
Red Smyth 12 .191 0 128
Rosy Ryan 12 .190 1 249
Rheal Cormier 12 .188 0 683
Tom Morgan 12 .186 5 443
Brad Kocher 12 .180 0 67
Ed Poole 12 .178 1 94
Don Carrithers 12 .176 0 170
Dave Watkins 12 .176 4 69
Jim Hutto 12 .175 3 61
Roger Clemens 12 .173 0 709
Chuck Brinkman 12 .172 1 149
Neal Heaton 12 .171 0 388
Hub Pruett 12 .170 0 211
Frankie Kelleher 12 .167 3 47
Cliff Lee 12 .164 2 290
Tim Stauffer 12 .160 0 97
Walter Clarkson 12 .152 0 78
Madison Bumgarner 12 .149 2 91
Weldon Wyckoff 12 .149 1 114
Charlie Armbruster 12 .149 0 131
Ray Phelps 12 .148 1 126
Ray Moss 12 .148 0 117
Vic Keen 12 .148 0 165
Buddy Black 12 .145 0 400
Don Schwall 12 .145 0 176
Ken McBride 12 .144 1 160
Alex Carrasquel 12 .144 1 258
Bill James 12 .142 0 203
Ian Kennedy 12 .139 0 114
Butch Henry 12 .139 1 148
Jorge Roque 12 .137 2 65
Bill Fischer 12 .136 1 281
Slick Castleman 12 .135 2 123
Brett Myers 12 .134 0 379
Dave Burba 12 .134 3 511
Bob Anderson 12 .134 2 247
Dennis Eckersley 12 .133 3 1073
Odalis Perez 12 .132 1 254
Fred Anderson 12 .131 0 180
Tom Hughes 12 .130 3 162
George Kaiserling 12 .130 0 78
Herb Score 12 .128 1 150
John D’Acquisto 12 .127 1 267
Pat Dobson 12 .123 0 414
Ray Starr 12 .123 0 138
Roric Harrison 12 .121 6 141
Mike Kekich 12 .120 0 238
Wheezer Dell 12 .119 0 92
Tom Candiotti 12 .117 0 452
Kevin Correia 12 .116 0 294
Lou Kretlow 12 .114 0 200
Earl Moseley 12 .114 0 142
Dick Stigman 12 .113 0 235
Danny Cox 12 .109 0 281
Ned Garvin 12 .108 0 125
George Smith 12 .097 0 229
Matt Clement 12 .095 0 239
Gary Gentry 12 .095 0 158
Bob Hendley 12 .095 1 222
George Brunet 12 .089 3 324
Jim Deshaies 12 .088 0 258
Dean Stone 12 .088 1 216
Roger Craig 12 .085 0 368
Dick Drago 12 .077 0 521
Ben Sheets 12 .076 0 250

Of those actually born on the twelfth day of the twelfth month, only Clyde Kluttz and Redleg Snyder have “12″ in their batting stats:

Born HR RBI BA
Juan Diaz 1988 0 0 .267
Ervin Santana 1982 0 2 .143
Shane Costa 1981 5 42 .254
Garrett Atkins 1979 99 488 .285
Orlando Hudson 1977 93 542 .273
Carlos Hernandez 1975 0 1 .133
Julius Matos 1974 4 26 .244
Mike Buddie 1970 0 0 .167
Alonzo Powell 1964 3 16 .211
Steve Farr 1956 0 0
Gorman Thomas 1950 268 782 .225
Ralph Garr 1945 75 408 .306
Derrell Griffith 1943 5 27 .260
Allan Lewis 1941 1 3 .207
Tom Brown 1940 1 4 .147
Pedro Gonzalez 1937 8 70 .244
Raul Sanchez 1930 0 0 .214
Bill Howerton 1921 22 106 .274
Clyde Kluttz 1917 19 212 .268
Bob Carpenter 1917 0 15 .168
Bill Webb 1913 0 0
Flea Clifton 1908 0 13 .200
Ray Boggs 1904 0 0
Pee-Wee Wanninger 1902 1 31 .234
Bill Moore 1901 0 4 .207
Allie Watt 1899 0 1 1.000
Les Hennessy 1893 0 0 .136
Tom Daly 1891 0 55 .239
Bugs Reisigl 1887 0 0 .000
Mike Mitchell 1879 27 514 .278
Joe Rickert 1876 0 1 .167
Tully Sparks 1874 0 41 .115
Eddie O’Meara 1872 0 0 .147
Phenomenal Smith 1864 2 47 .250
Jim Brown 1860 1 0 .245
Redleg Snyder 1854 0 12 .160
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/12/2012.
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2 Responses to Twelve to the Third Powerhitter

  1. From the NON-power single-season department, I offer Mickey Vernon 1947 (12 triples, 12 SB, 12 CS, 12 GIDP) and Luis Gonzalez 2000 (12 HBP, 12 SF, 12 GIDP, 12 games with multiple XBH, 12% strikeout rate).

    Also both their names are 12 letters.

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