STAT OF THE DAY (AUGUST 8 at CIN)
With a 2-run home run in the 9th inning last night, 24-year-old Giancarlo Stanton ran his National League-leading home run total to 27 and his league-best RBI count to 76.
The last major league player to lead his league in both home runs and RBI at the age of 24 or younger was 23-year-old Jose Canseco, who hit 42 long balls and drove in 124 at the age of 23 for the A’s in 1988.
The last National Leaguer to turn the trick was Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench who, at the age of 24, led the NL with 40 homers and 125 RBI in 1972. Bench had also previously achieved the feat at the age of 20 in 1970.
Here’s the complete list of players who have led their league in both home runs and RBI in the same season before the age of 25 (age as of June 30). Note that every player on the list except for Canseco is a member of the Hall of Fame:
Jose Canseco (OAK) in 1988 at age 24
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1972 at age 22
Johnny Bench (CIN) in 1970 at age 20
Orlando Cepeda (SF) in 1961 at age 23
Henry Aaron (MIL) in 1957 at age 23
Mickey Mantle (NYY) in 1956 at age 24
Ted Williams (BOS) in 1942 at age 23
Hank Greenberg (DET) in 1935 at age 24
Jimmie Foxx (PHA) in 1932 at age 24
Babe Ruth (BOS) in 1919 at age 24
The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in homers (but not RBI) was Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, who slugged 50 at the age of 23 in 2007.
The last player 24 or younger to lead his league in RBI (but not home runs) was Matt Williams of the Giants, who knocked in 122 at age 24 in 1990.
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