In the Orioles 3-2 win over Boston yesterday, Chris Davis hit his 51st homer of the season to tie the game, slamming it off Ryan Dempster. That homer broke Brady Anderson’s single-season Orioles record set in 1996.
The fact that it was hit at Fenway against the Sox shouldn’t be lost for those of us who enjoy baseball synchronicity as on July 29, 1988, Anderson was traded by Boston with Curt Schilling to the Orioles for Mike Boddicker.
In a nice touch, Anderson was in the O’s postgame clubhouse to surprise and congratulate Davis. Anderson works in Baltimore’s front office.
The Orioles were able to recover the ball out of the stands from a Red Sox fan who requested another baseball autographed by Davis in exchange.
With just 12 games left, the Orioles (80-70) are two games back of both American League wild-card spots, which are held by Tampa Bay and Texas, both 82-68.
Take a deep dive into Davis’ 51 homers in my article on BaseballAnalytics.org
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