The Chris Davis Report

by Bill Chuck on September 18, 2013

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

Nine to Know

All-time single season Orioles/Browns home run leaders

Rk Player HR Year Age G PA AB RBI BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Chris Davis 51 2013 27 149 625 542 132 .293 .376 .651 1.027
2 Brady Anderson 50 1996 32 149 687 579 110 .297 .396 .637 1.034
3 Frank Robinson 49 1966 30 155 680 576 122 .316 .410 .637 1.047
4 Jim Gentile 46 1961 27 148 601 486 141 .302 .423 .646 1.069
5 Rafael Palmeiro 43 1998 33 162 709 619 121 .296 .379 .565 .945
6 Rafael Palmeiro 39 1996 31 162 732 626 142 .289 .381 .546 .927
7 Rafael Palmeiro 39 1995 30 143 624 554 104 .310 .380 .583 .963
8 Boog Powell 39 1964 22 134 506 424 99 .290 .399 .606 1.005
9 Ken Williams 39 1922 32 153 678 585 155 .332 .413 .627 1.040
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 9/18/2013.

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