I recently received my 2006 copy of the Complete Baseball Record & Fact Book by the Sporting News. I get a free copy because I volunteered to track the Dodger team records set last year. And that was an easy job with the 2005 Dodgers.
There are charts of yearly leaders in major batting and pitching categories. I thought it was interesting to look at which categories have gone the longest without a reprsentative from a team or franchise being the leader.
AL - The A's haven't had a batting champ since Ferris Fain led for Philadelphia in 1952 at .327. Tampa Bay has never won
NL - The Phillies last won in 1958 when Richie Ashburn batted .350. Houston, New York, Milwaukee (either league), Florida, and Arizona have never won.
AL - Tony Oliva with Minnesota in 1971 at .546. No winners from Tampa Bay or Toronto
NL - George Foster with Cinncinati in 1977 at .631. No winners from Florida, Arizona, or Montreal/Washington. Robin Yount won for Milwaukee, but in the AL in 1982.
AL - Norm Cash with Detroit in 1960 at .487. The Angels, Rangers/Senators, Tampa Bay have not led.
NL - Gary Matthews with Chicago in 1984 at .410. Arizona, Milwaukee, and Houston have not won.
AL - Rod Carew with Minnesota in 1977 with 104
NL - George Foster with Cincinnati in 1977 with 124. Paul Molitor led the AL for Milwaukee in 1991. Arizona and Florida have not won.
AL - Norm Cash with Detroit in 1961 with 193. Again no D-Rays.
NL - Pete Rose with Cincinnati in 1976 with 215. (Molitor won for Milwaukee in the AL in 1991)
AL - Don Buford of Chicago in 1965 with 129. Hey no D-Rays again!
NL - Pete Rose of Cincinnati in 1973 with 181. No Arizona or Milwaukee.
AL - Al Kaline of Detroit in 1961 with 41. Fish-themed teams need not apply.
NL - Orlando Cepeda of San Francisco in 1958 with 38. Nobody for Arizona, Florida, or San Diego.
AL - Hoot Evers of Detroit in 1950 with 11. And Carl Crawford led in 2005! The last time a Yankee led was in 1957 when three of them tied for first: Gil McDougald, Hank Bauer, and Harry Simpson.
NL - Gene Richards of San Diego in 1981 with 12. Paul Molitor led the AL for Milwaukee in 1991.
AL - Harmon Killebrew of Minnesota in 1969 with 49. No leaders for Tampa Bay or Kansas City.
NL - Willie Stargell of Pittsburgh in 1973 with 44. No leaders for Arizona, Houston, Florida or Washington/Montreal. Gorman Thomas of Milwaukee led the AL in 1982.
AL - Joe Rudi of Oakland in 1974 with 287. No Tampa Bay leader again.
NL - Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 with 343. No leaders for Arizona, Florida or New York.
Runs batted in
AL - Hal McRae of Kansas City in 1982 with 133. No leaders for the Angels or D-Rays.
NL - Tommy Davis of Los Angeles in 1962 with 153. No leaders for Arizona or Florida. Cecil Cooper led the AL for Milwaukee in 1983.
AL - Harmon Killebrew of Minnesota in 1971 with 114. No Mariners, Blue Jays, or D-Rays.
NL - Dan Driessen of Cincinnati and Joe Morgan of Houston both were the last reps of their respective teams to lead the league and they tied in 1983 with 90. No players from Arizona, Colorado, or Montreal/Washington.
AL - Dick Kokos with the Browns in 1949 with 91. Devil Rays hitters have avoided this category.
NL - Bobby Bonds with San Francisco in 1970 with 1987. No Arizona or San Diego players.
AL - George Case of Washington (now Minnesota) in 1943 with 61. No Rangers Or Blue Jays.
NL - Stan Hack of Chicago in 1939 with 17. No Padre has led the league.
Pitching leaders will have to wait until the next time I'm doing laundry.