3 Best Hitting Performances in Yankees History
By Tristan Jung
The New York Yankees wouldn't have won 27 World Series without employing some of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. Yankee Stadium's Monument Park is filled with the numbers of the all-time greats.
However, it's worth wondering which single-season Yankee hitting performances stand out the most. After looking at more than 100 seasons of data, here's a list of the three best single-season hitting performances in Yankees history, all of which came in a six-year span.
3. Lou Gehrig, 1927
Lou Gehrig's MVP-winning 1927 season was one for the history books. Gehrig hit 47 homers and had a career-high OPS of 1.240. He had an astonishing 173 RBI and a .373 batting average. Amazingly, this was only Gehrig's third full season, and he kept up this level of production for the rest of his career.
2. Babe Ruth, 1921
It's no surprise that Babe Ruth features heavily on this list. Ruth completely changed the game of baseball by making the home run a common occurrence. Ruth hit 59 homers, his then career high, while also maintaining a .378 batting average and a .512 OBP. Ruth also racked up 168 RBI and scored 177 runs during this prolific campaign.
1. Babe Ruth, 1923
However, in terms of pure offense, Babe Ruth's 1923 season stands above the rest. He slashed .393/.545/.764, earning himself a ridiculous 1.309 OPS. Although he "only" hit 41 homers that year, his 170 walks and .545 OBP were career highs. His 14.1 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) from 1923 is the best such mark in MLB history, and no position player other than Ruth has ever posted a WAR higher than 12.5.
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