In 1922, Rabbit Maranville racked up 672 at bats for the Boston Braves without hitting a single homerun. That record still stands and the closest anyone has gotten was Doc Cramer who had 658 at bats for the Boston Red Sox in 1938. The most recent player to have 600 or more at bats and not hit a homerun was Jason Kendall in 2005, who had 601 at bats.
Here’s the question – Who holds the Tigers’ record for most at bats in a season with hitting a single homerun?
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In 1926, Doc Cramer fell just short of breaking the Red Sox record for most at bats without a homerun. His 643 fell just short of the mark set by Tom Oliver in 1930 (646) Then two years later, Cramer set the American League record and blasted the Red Sox record by racking up 658 at bats without a homerun, falling just short of the mark set by Rabbit Maranville.
Prior to the 1940 offseason, Cramer was traded to the Senators for former Tiger Gee Walker. He scored 93 runs for the Senators and hit .273, but they traded him along with Jimmy Bloodworth to the Tigers for Frank Croucher and Bruce Campbell prior to the 1941 season. Then in Cramer’s first season with the Detroit, he picked up 630 at bats without hitting a single homerun to set the Tigers all time mark.
I got a lot of answers for Donnie Bush but he’s actually third. In 1904, Jimmy Barrett had 624 at bats without hitting a homerun.
This was a tough one and it showed in the results as not a lot of people got it. And nobody who answered the first two got this one right so the top score is still two with a lot of people having one correct answer. That gives those of you haven’t gotten into a chance to still make an impact with seven questions remaining.