Thursday, September 21, 2006

Congratulations Papi!

David Ortiz' home run in the 6th inning of last night's Red Sox loss tied him with Jimmy Foxx for the team's single-season record with 50. He's got 10 games left to try to set a new one. He failed to do it, however, in the number of games that Foxx did it. The 1938 Red Sox played 149 games. Ortiz tied Foxx in game number 152.

Interestingly, Foxx entered the 2006 season as the single-seaon HR leader in two different cities, Boston and Philadelphia. (I've heard people say "two different franchises," but the Philadelphia team that Foxx played for was the A's, not the Phillies.) And there could be hitters in both cities that pass him this year. Ortiz has tied him with 50 in Boston, and Ryan Howard has 57 in Philadelphia, 1 fewer than the 58 which Foxx hit in 1932.

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