Anderson put up some surprising numbers, and not just in 1996
“None of the numbers have been ridiculous,” Granderson said of the 20-20-20-20 possibility. “I’m not doing anything drastic. I’ve been near those numbers before. But if there’s even a chance to be in the same sentence with the great Willie Mays, that’d be special.”
And there are more numbers. Granderson grounded into a double play for the first time this year only recently, giving him 23 fewer than the major league leader, Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman. The last American League player to qualify for the batting title and ground into only one double play all season was the Orioles’ Brady Anderson in 1997.
Here are some additional interesting stats about Brady, courtesy of Baseball Library:
-In 1992 he became the only player in AL history to reach 20 home runs, 50 steals and 75 RBIs in the same season.
-With 21 steals in 1996, he became the first player to own a 20-homer, 50-steal season as well as a 50-homer, 20-steal season. His 50 home runs set an Orioles record, as did his 92 extra-base hits.
Even with these numbers, O’s fans still remember Brady best for his oft-questioned power surge in 1996 and the suggestive poster for which he posed, one that generated sales among female fans and scorn among male Bird watchers.