It's Thursday and you know what that means, it's time for Orioles101's Throwback Thursday and today we will highlight Chris Davis's 2013 season, although not complete, he has done something that has never been done before in Baltimore Orioles franchise history.
Last night, in a 5-4 loss to the New York Yankees, Davis smoked a two out, two run double, which was his 40th double on the season and made him the first Oriole to ever hit 40 or more doubles and 40 or more home runs in the same season. It is easily apparent that Davis is on the brink of completing one of, if not the greatest offensive season in franchise history as he is currently hitting .295 with 49 home runs, 40 doubles and 128 RBI.
With the great offensive seasons of the past, it is almost hard to believe that no one had ever passed the 40/40 mark before for the Orioles, but today we will examine those players and seasons that were oh so close.
Robinson won the Triple Crown in 1966, but could not pass the 40/40 mark when it came to home runs and doubles. Although Frank did put together one heck of a season in leading the Orioles to their first World Series Championship, he fell just six doubles shy of 40. He also hit .316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBI.
Powell has been feeding the fans at Camden Yards with delicious barbeque, but people forget he was one heck of a player as well. In 1970, Powell hit .297 with 114 RBI, but fell short on both ends of the 40/40 spectrum with 35 homers and 28 doubles. That pulled pork is quite tasty though.
The third World Series title in Orioles history came courtesy of two offensive powers in the middle of the Baltimore lineup in Cal Ripken Jr and Eddie Murray. Ripken won the MVP that season, but it was argued that Murray had a better year. Nevertheless, both had fantastic offensive seasons and threatened the 40/40 feat, but fell short. Ripken hit .318 with 47 doubles and 102 RBI, but his 27 home runs fell short for the rare feat. Murray hit .308 with 111 RBI, and although could not reach the 40 plateau in either category, Murray did have a 30/30 season as he drilled 30 doubles and 33 homers.
Cal garnered his second MVP award in 1991 and put together one of the best offensive seasons in Orioles history. Much like Robinson, Ripken fell short by six in one of the categories with his 34 homersm but Cal hit 46 doubles with a .323 average and 114 RBI.
Brady Anderson holds the single season franchise record for home runs (for now) with 50 in 1996, but his 37 doubles were just three shy of cracking the 40/40 mark. In that same year, the Orioles almost witnessed their first 40/40 season at the hands of Rafael Palmerio as he hit 40 doubles and his 39 homers fell just one shy of the milestone.
If there is one thing you take away from what Davis has done this season it should be this, even though the Orioles have never produced one before Crush, it is an extremely difficult feat to accomplish as Davis is just the 12th player in the history of baseball to accomplish this. We have witnessed history this season, and even if the Orioles do not make the playoffs, we as Orioles fans should appreciate what we have seen from the man they call Crush!
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