The “First Half” Record Holders

A couple of weeks ago on Sunday Night Baseball, John Kruk mentioned how the “first half” of the season doesn’t really match up with the “All-Star Break” anymore.  Now, loyal readers of the VORG will remember that we covered this in detail last year.  The phrase “Most ____ by the All-Star Break” is relatively meaningless when that Break changes from year-to-year.

So, if we were going to discuss the best “first half” performances of all-time, lets restrict them to the first 81 games of seasons since 1961.  Then you’d have the following record-holders (with the 154-game season from 1920-1960 [77-game 1st half] records below them):

HOMERS

Rk Player Year HR
1 Barry Bonds 2001 39
2 Mark McGwire 1998 37
3 Reggie Jackson 1969 34
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(154-game season first-half record: 32 by Babe Ruth in 1928 and 1930)

RBI

Rk Player Year RBI
1 Juan Gonzalez 1998 96
2 Manny Ramirez 1999 88
3 Carlos Delgado 2003 88
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(154-game season first-half record: 103 by Hank Greenberg in 1935)

HITS

Rk Player Year H
1 Darin Erstad 2000 130
2 Ichiro Suzuki 2001 125
3 Ichiro Suzuki 2007 124
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(154-game season first-half record: 139 by George Sisler in 1922)

DOUBLES

Rk Player Year 2B ▾
1 Edgar Martinez 1996 41
2 Manny Machado 2013 37
3 Chuck Knoblauch 1994 36
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(154-game season first-half record: 37 by Paul Waner in 1932)

TRIPLES

Rk Player Year 3B ▾
1 Curtis Granderson 2007 15
2 Jose Reyes 2011 15
3 Rod Carew 1977 14
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(154-game season first-half record: 14 by four players)

STRIKEOUTS

Rk Player Year SO ▾
1 Adam Dunn 2012 127
2 Chris Davis 2009 114
3 Ryan Howard 2008 112
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(154-game season first-half record: 78 by Wally Post in 1956)

WALKS

Rk Player Year BB ▾
1 Barry Bonds 2004 119
2 Barry Bonds 2002 104
3 Frank Thomas 1995 86
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(154-game season first-half record: 97 by Ted Williams in 1947)

INNINGS PITCHED (ONLY AS STARTER)

Rk Player Year IP ▾
1 Wilbur Wood 1973 213.0
2 Wilbur Wood 1972 198.0
3 Gaylord Perry 1972 194.2
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(154-game season first-half record: 191.3 by Pete Alexander in 1920)

INNINGS PITCHED (ONLY AS RELIEVER)

Rk Player Year IP ▾
1 Mike Marshall 1974 99.0
2 Eddie Fisher 1965 94.1
3 Mike Marshall 1973 88.1
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(154-game season first-half record: 91 by Hoyt Wilhelm in 1953)

STRIKEOUTS (ONLY AS STARTER)

Rk Player Year SO ▾
1 Nolan Ryan 1977 214
2 Nolan Ryan 1973 188
3 Steve Carlton 1972 182
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(154-game season first-half record: 190 by Bob Feller in 1946)

WINS (AS STARTING PITCHER)

(154-game season first-half record: 16 by three players)

SAVES

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3 thoughts on “The “First Half” Record Holders

  1. A few things can be concluded from this.
    1. Barry Bonds is the best hitter in my lifetime.
    2. George Sisler was a hitting machine.
    3. Edgar Martinez belongs in the Hall of Fame.
    4. At one time, Ichiro was the best player in the world.
    5. Mariano is a little overrated. i mean he is still great but was helped out by being on a dynasty.
    6. Nolan Ryan’s arm never got tired.
    7. Although Adam Dunn Ks a lot I still would like to see him in the HOF one day.
    8. I wish the Mets kept Reyes.
    9. K-Rod was dominant.
    10. Love how Joaquin Andujar is mentioned with all great pitchers.

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