Today's Thursday trivia deals with high-marks only good for second place.
That is, the highest totals for players in an offensive category as runner-up during the 1970's.
Take a stab and see what you remember.
As usual answers will be posted tomorrow…
- Who posted the highest batting average in a season without winning the batting title?
- Who hit the most homers in a season during the 1970's without winning the homer crown?
- These two players had the highest R.B.I. totals as second place finishers during the decade. One in the American League, the other in the National League. Who were they?
- Who scored the most runs in a season without leading his league during the decade?
- Who stole the most bases in a season during the 1970's without leading his league?
1. Ralph Garr, Braves. He hit .343 in 1971, second behind Joe Torre's .363.
2. Hank Aaron, Braves. He slammed 47 homers in 1971, but finished one behind league leader Willie Stargell of the Pirates, who hit 48.
3. Greg Luzinski, Phillies in 1977 and Jim Rice, Red Sox in 1979. Each drove in 130 runs, only to finish in second place behind George Foster, Reds and Don Baylor, Angels, respectively.
4. Bobby Bonds, Giants, who scored 134 runs in 1970. Billy Williams scored 137 for the Cubs.
5. Ron LeFlore, Tigers. He stole 78 bases in 1979, four behind league-leader Willie Wilson of the Royals.