Outstanding Hitting

In 1894, Boston outfielder Hugh Duffy finished the season with a .440 batting average. It was the highest major league batting average of all time. The right-handed swinging Duffy connected for 237 hits in 135 games. The future Hall of Famer also led the National League with 51 doubles, 18 homeruns and 145 RBI's that season.

In 1894, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Joe Kelley hit for a .393 batting average. Kelley amassed 48 doubles, 20 triples and 6 homeruns. The hard- hitting Irishmen collected 199 hits in 129 games.

On July 8, 1921, Detroit outfielder Harry Heilmann went three for four with a double and a homerun in a 6 to 3 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Tiger Stadium. Bullet Joe Bush pitched a complete game for the Sox that day allowing just four hits. The newspapers noted that the homerun Heilmann hit off of Bush in the sixth inning traveled an amazing distance. A Tiger Stadium groundskeeper measured the prodigious blast at 610 feet.

On July 15, 1925, Waynesboro, Pa. centerfielder Earle Waltz hit four home runs against the Martinsburg team at Martinsburg, W.V. in a Blue Ridge League game. The previous league record was three home runs in one game.

In 1927, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Paul Waner led the league with a.380 batting average. Waner, who was known as "Big Poison", also topped the circuit that year with 237 hits, 18 triples, and 131 RBI's.

On May 12, 1928, the Bridgewater College baseball team defeated the American University College ball club by the score of 42 to 0. Bridgewater scored eighteen runs in the first inning and connected for a total of 32 hits during the game. The American University nine had a tough day in the field committing 16 errors.

On June 11, 1928, Philadelphia first baseman Russ Wrightstone knocked in 9 RBI's in a 13 to 11 Phillies victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 1929, Philadelphia Phillies leftfielder Lefty O'Doul connected for 254 hits and a .398 batting average.

On August 18,1935, Baltimore Oriole outfielder Julius Solters hit two home runs in one inning against the Rochester Red Wings in an International League game at Rochester's home ball park. Both of the homeruns were hit in the fourth inning of a 12 to 3 Oriole victory. Solters knocked in a total of six runs with both blasts.

In 1958, Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks hit 47 home runs and knocked in 129 runs. The smooth swinging infielder finished the season with a .313 batting average and 119 runs scored.

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