Can You Tell Us If These MLB Sluggers Ever Hit 50+ Home Runs in a Season?

Gavin Thagard

As baseball moved from the dead-ball era to the live-ball era, was Babe Ruth able to knock 50 balls out of the park?

Babe Ruth was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees prior to the 1920 season. The trade became known as "The Curse of the Bambino," as the Red Sox wouldn't win a World Series for 86 years.

Lewis "Hack" Wilson received his nickname for a reason, but did he ever exceed the 50 home run mark?

"Hack" Wilson was one of the first real home run threats in MLB. Playing from 1923 until 1934, Wilson led the National League in home runs four times in his career.

A star player for the Red Sox when they needed it, was Ted Williams able to rack up 50 home runs in a season?

Ted Williams' baseball career was interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the U.S. Navy. Williams didn't miss a beat when he returned from the war, winning the AL MVP in 1946.

Was Hank Greenberg able to hit more than 50 home runs in a season during his time with the Tigers?

Spending all but one season of his career with the Detroit Tigers, Hank Greenberg went to four World Series with the team. They won two championships, in 1935 and 1945.

Do you know if Ty Cobb ever put 50 home runs in the stands?

Ty Cobb was a superb batter throughout his MLB career, but he wasn't much of a home run threat. He finished his career with only 117 home runs.

Although he was only the second player to hit more than 500 home runs in his career, did Jimmie Foxx ever have a season where he hit 50 home runs?

Jimmie Fox was the first MLB player to hit 50 or more home runs in a season with two different teams. He accomplished the feat with both the Red Sox and the Athletics​.

Entering the league after serving in WWII, was Ralph Kiner good enough to send 50 home runs over the back wall?

Ralph Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1946 until 1953. He was the NL home run leader every season he was with the team, except for his last.

A first-ballot Hall of Famer, did Stan Musial make the 50 home run mark?

Stan Musial was selected to 24 All-Star games with the St. Louis Cardinals, with which he spent his entire MLB career. He's tied with two other players for the most All-Star appearances in a career.

Was Lou Gehrig able to hit 50 or more home runs in a season before his career ended due to ALS?

Lou Gehrig received the nickname, "The Iron Horse," for his durability on the field. However, that all came to a halt when he was diagnosed with ALS, ending his career in 1939. He died two years later.

An all-world pitcher, was Sandy Koufax a good enough offensive player to hit 50 home runs in a single season?

A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Sandy Koufax is one of only 23 players to pitch a perfect game. He accomplished this feat when he struck out 27 straight batters on September 9, 1965.

Willie Mays could do it on offense and defense, but did his skill ever lead him to 50 home runs in a season?

Willie Mays topped the 50 home run in a single season mark twice in his lengthy MLB career. Those two seasons came 10 years apart, a display of the longevity of his greatness.

Did Mickey Mantle knock 50 or more baseballs over the back wall at any point in his career?

Playing in a golden age for the New York Yankees, Mickey Mantle reached 12 World Series with the team. Of those series, the Yankees won seven championships.

He was nicknamed "The Yankee Clipper," but does that title mean Joe DiMaggio was able to hit 50 home runs in a single season?

Despite not reaching the 50 home run mark, Joe DiMaggio was an excellent hitter. In fact, he holds the MLB hitting-streak record with 56 straight games during which he recorded a hit.

In 1961, Roger Maris set out to break Babe Ruth's single-season home run record of 60. Was he able to break the record?

Roger Maris set a new bar for sluggers when he hit 61 home runs during the 1961 season. However, the record was controversial at the time because the league had added games onto the season, meaning Maris had more opportunities to break the record.

A member of "The Big Red Machine" in Cincinnati, was George Foster a 50-plus single-season home run hitter?

Known as "The Big Red Machine," the Cincinnati Reds dominated Major League Baseball throughout the 1970s. The team ultimately won two World Series, in 1975 and 1976.

Mike Schmidt hit more than 500 home runs in his career, but did he ever hit 50 in a season?

Mike Schmidt might not have hit 50 home runs in a season, but he did hit four home runs in a single game. In total, only 18 players have ever accomplished this.

Do you know if Pete Rose hit 50 home runs in a season on his way to 4,256 hits?

Pete Rose only hit 160 home runs over the course of his MLB career. However, he is the all-time leader in hits with 4,256 hits with 14,053 at-bats.

Cecil Fielder hit the most home runs of his career in 1990, but was it more than 50?

Cecil Fielder led the American League in home runs in 1990 and 1991 while playing for the Detroit Tigers. He was also elected to his first two All-Star games those two seasons.

Was Mark McGwire able to knock 50 home runs out of the park in one season?

Mark McGwire hit more than 50 home runs in a season four different times in his career. He also led the league in home runs five different times, including his rookie season.

Did Ken Griffey Jr. hit 50 home runs in a season on his way to 630 home runs in his career?

Debuting in 1989, Ken Griffey Jr. played baseball over the course of four different decades. He finished his career in 2010 with the Seattle Mariners, the same team with which he began his career.

A career-long player for the Yankees, did Derek Jeter send 50 home runs into the stands in one season?

Nicknamed "Mr. November" for his play in the postseason, Derek Jeter won five World Series with the Yankees. He was named the MVP of the 2000 World Series when the Yankees defeated the Mets in five games.

Sammy Sosa's career was mired in controversy, but he certainly could hit home runs. Did he ever hit 50 in a season?

Though he denies it, Sammy Sosa is widely associated with the steroid-era in baseball. His controversial career has kept him out of the Hall of Fame.

The first African-American player in MLB, do you know if Jackie Robinson had a 50-plus home run season?

Jackie Robinson was not only the first African-American player in MLB, but he was also an early star in the game. A six-time All-Star​, Robinson won both the World Series MVP and the NL MVP during his career.

Was Rickey Henderson a 50-plus single-season home run hitter during his 25-year career?

Rickey Henderson may have finished his career with only 297 home runs, but he sure knew how to put himself in a position to score by stealing bases. In fact, Henderson holds the MLB record for stolen bases at 1,406.

Did Roberto Clemente hit 50 home runs in a season before his much too early death?

Roberto Clemente helped put Latin American players on the map in Major League Baseball. Playing from 1955 until 1972, Clemente was the first player from Latin America to win a World Series and win the World Series MVP.

Alex Rodriguez had his most home runs in 2002, but was it more than 50?

Alex Rodriguez was suspended for 162 games for taking performance-enhancing drugs. He was originally suspended for 211 games, but the sentence​ was reduced after he appealed.

There's little doubt that Barry Bonds could knock the baseball around. Did he ever hit 50-plus home runs in a season, though?

Barry Bonds holds the Major League Baseball record for home runs in a career at 762. He also holds the single-season home run record with 73.

Known for his durability, was Cal Ripken Jr. consistent​ enough to hit 50 home runs in a season?

Cal Ripken Jr. played 2,632 straight games from 1982 until 1998. The streak became an MLB record and earned Ripken the nickname "The Iron Man."

Did Jim Thome ever hit 50-plus home runs in a season on his way to a Hall of Fame career?

Despite playing for several different teams, Jim Thome spent most of his career with the Cleveland Indians. As one of their greatest players, the Indians retired his No. 25.

Can you recall if Yogi Berra ever sent 50 home runs over the back wall in a single season?

Yogi Berra won the most World Series of any player in MLB history. In 14 appearances, Berra won ten championships. He also won three championships as a coach.

Do you know if Frank Robinson hit more than 50 home runs in a season before he left the field to become the first black manager in MLB history?

Although he never hit 50 home runs in a season, Frank Robinson was nothing short of spectacular during his time in the majors. His greatnesses was recognized too, as he remains the only player to ever win both the AL MVP and the NL MVP.

A left-handed batter, was Ryan Howard able to knock 50 balls out of the park in one season?

Ryan Howard spent his entire MLB career, which lasted from 2004 until 2016, with the Philadelphia Phillies. He was named the NLCS MVP in 2009 when he helped the Phillies reach the World Series.

David Ortiz became a legend in Boston, but did his legacy include a 50 home run season?

In 2004, David Ortiz helped the Boston Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918. In the series, the Red Sox swept the Cardinals after defeating their rival, the Yankees, in the ALCS.

The son of Cecil Fielder, did Prince Fielder follow in his father's footsteps by hitting 50 home runs in one season?

Though they weren't the first father and son to play in MLB, Prince Fielder and Cecil Fielder are the only father and son combination to hit more than 50 home runs in a season. Prince Fielder was also the youngest player to accomplish the feat when he did it in 2007.

Do you know if Carl Yastrzemski hit 50 or more home runs in a season on his way to more than 3,000 hits in his career?

Carl Yastrzemski made 18 All-Star games in his career, all with the Boston Red Sox. Excellent on both offense and defense, he won seven Golden Glove Awards and was the AL batting champion three times.

A veteran in the league, does Jose Bautista have a 50 home run season under his belt?

Debuting in 2004, Jose Bautista was traded around the league like a stock during his rookie season. Before the season ended, his name was included on five different rosters.

Giancarlo Stanton had the most home runs of his career in 2017, but did it exceed 50?

Giancarlo Stanton began his MLB career with the Miami Marlins, where he played until 2017. The Marlins made a controversial move in 2017 when they traded Stanton, who was coming off an MVP season, to the New York Yankees.

Has Joey Votto had a 50-plus home run season since entering the majors in 2007?

Born in Ontario, Canada, Joey Votto is recognized as one of the greatest baseball players to come from the country. In fact, he has won two Lou Marsh Trophies, which is given annually to the top athlete from Canada.

There's little doubt that Mike Trout is a star in the league, but is part of that star power due to a 50 home run season?

Though he debuted in 2011, Mike Trout's official rookie season was in 2012. After a stellar rookie year during which Trout hit 30 home runs and stole 45 bases, he was named the AL Rookie of the Year.

Has Aaron Judge been able to hit more than 50 home runs in a single season so far in his short MLB career?

Aaron Judge exceeded the 50 home run mark in his first full season in the majors, setting the MLB record for a rookie. He suffered an injury in his second season, which has somewhat halted his rise to stardom.

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About This Quiz

Fans pile in and out of ballparks throughout the year as they look for entertainment from the players on the field, and there's nothing more entertaining in baseball than a slugger who can send a ball into the stands on any given at-bat. How well do you know the greatest sluggers in baseball history? Can you recall the ones who slammed 50 home runs in a season? Here's a quiz where you can find out! 

Before the live-ball era, which began in 1920, home runs were a rarity in the league as teams used a more unified approach to scoring runs. However, once the home run-era began, there was no looking back. Home runs were just too popular with fans, and batters learned there was a benefit in swinging for the fences, even if they struck out a few times. 

Do you know these great batters who swung for the fences, from the first slugger to hit over 50 home runs in a season to the more recent stars in MLB? Are you going to be able to separate them from other great players who didn't quite make it to 50? 

If you're ready to test your knowledge on MLB sluggers, get started with this quiz and see if you can knock it out of the park!

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