Ray “RAY RAY” Durham
At a time when Larry Bird, John Mellencamp and David Letterman were the most famous folks around from Indiana, No Hoosier was more popular than Kittle. At least, not on the south side of Chicago. Kittle averaged 34 homers per a 162 game season. Kittles season rookie mark of 35 homeruns in 1983 (eclipsed by Abreu last year) was his most ever for the pale hose.He followed that up with 32 in’84.
Kittle started and finished his major league career with the White Sox and is still a fan favorite. I ran into him (almost literally) at Sox Fest in 2006 and he signed the cap off my head.
Now look at Jose Valentin, who we are talking about today and Carlos Lee who we will feature next Tuesday. They played 11 combined seasons for the Sox both ending their time in 2004 and hit 288homers. That’s 6 more homers than Dye and Pierzynski in 2 less seasons. 26 HR by season and 30 HR over 162 games.
Valentin came to the White Sox from the Brewers in 2000 and in his first month with the team hit for the cycle (A single, a double, a triple and a homer in the same game). H hit 136 of his 249 career homers over his 5 years with the Sox. Over that career he averaged 24 homers per
162 game season. Valentin hit 30 HR in 2004 and 28 in 2001 and again in 2003.
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