|FRANK AND BROOKS: NO RELATION.|
|MAN, BOOG LOOKS BIG HERE.|
Those numbers, baseball fans, are science fiction.
Many other 3-4 punches were listed, including:
'29 Cubs Rogers Hornsby (30/111), Hack Wilson (28/92) -- 58/203
'34 A's Bob Johnson (29/96), Jimmie Foxx (44/120) -- 73/216
'37 Yankees Joe DiMaggio (46/148), Gehrig (36/137) -- 82/285
'49 Red Sox Ted Williams (43/150), Vern Stephens (39/113) -- 82/263
'60 Braves Eddie Mathews (39/108), Hank Aaron (40/102) -- 79/210
'61 Yankees Roger Maris (57/119), Mickey Mantle (54/131) -- 111/250
Keep in mind some players were moved around in the lineup; the stats are exclusively from the 3 and 4 spots, minimum 400 at-bats.
Of course, I automatically thought, what about Frank Robinson and Boog Powell, the dynamic duo from my youth?
Interestingly, the list included the '66 combo of Frank and Brooks Robinson. Robby went 48/120 in his Triple Crown/MVP season and Brooksie 21/89 for a combined 69/209. No mention of Frank-Boog, and I know they hit 3-4 a lot.
OK, time for a little of my own research. The best 3-4 season they had together was in '69.
Frank went 30/90 and Boog 37/120, when he won the AL MVP. Impressive, a combined 67 HRs, 210 RBI, but about equal to the Brooks-Frank pairing Baseball Digest listed.
Anyone out there want to take a swing at their favorite 3-4 hitting duo?
|POWELL AND ROBBY WERE THE MUSCLE BEHIND THE BIRDS' HEART OF THE ORDER.|