Friday, March 15, 2013

Home Runs and the Pope

I just saw a Jason Stark link over on Twitter, and I just had to share it.

With the election of Pope Francis I, Dan Connolly at the Baltimore Sun, a Catholic, wrote a quite interesting post on baseball home runs and the Catholic leader.

Starting with Pope Pius IX in 1846, through Pope Benedict XVI in 2012, he gave a list of every HR champion during the reign of the 11 Pontiff's who've served since the beginning of big league baseball.

Here's just a couple of interesting Pope/HR stats...

...Babe Ruth is the only slugger to lead baseball in home runs over two different Pope's....

...Charley Jones hit the fewest home runs, 6, while a Pope held office.

The link above will take you to Dan's article.

Stuff like this is why baseball, and it's history, are second to none.

Play Ball!

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