In the fifth inning of Sunday’s ball game against the Chicago Cubs, Albert Pujols drove a 1-1 pitch from Rodrigo Lopez into the left field seats, connecting for his 439th home run of his 11 year major league career.
The blast would move Pujols further into elite company and break a tie with Hall Of Famer Andre Dawson. Pujols now sits alone in 38th place on the all time home run list.
Dawson was most remembered for his years north of the border in Montreal as a member of the Expos. Secondary to that, however, was his career as a Chicago Cub. While Dawson hit 438 home runs in his career, he would post an impressive run against Cardinal pitching over his 21 year career. During that span of time, he would face the St. Louis Cardinals a total of 260 games, with 248 of them coming as a starter. Dawson would post a slash line of .298/.510/.851 while driving 41 home runs, 55 doubles, 17 triples, 153 runs batted in, and 32 stolen bases. In terms of power numbers, Dawson hit against the Cardinals better than every club except the Philadelphia Phillies in his career.
Pujols had fared well against the Chicago Cubs, for that matter. Over the course of his still young career, Pujols has faced the Cubs 170 times, 168 as a starter. His slash line against the north-siders is .302/.617/1.023 with 52 home runs, 34 doubles, and 134 runs batted in. He has indeed hit the Cubs better than any other team in his career.
While Pujols has moved into sole possession of 38th place on the all time list, he finds himself climbing another list that he will have to decide if he wishes to continue to climb. Pujols finds himself in 12th place for most home runs hit by a player for one single team in his career. The list is as follows:
|Mike Schmidt||Philadelphis Phillies||548|
|Mickey Mantle||New York Yankees||536|
|Ted Williams||Boston Red Sox||521|
|Ernie Banks||Chicago Cubs||512|
|Mel Ott||New York Giants||511|
|Lou Gehrig||New York Yankees||493|
|Stan Musial||St. Louis Cardinals||475|
|Willie Stargell||Pittsburgh Pirates||475|
|Carl Yastrzemski||Boston Red Sox||452|
|Jeff Bagwell||Houston Astros||449|
|Chipper Jones||Atlanta Braves||448|
|Albert Pujols||St. Louis Cardinals||438|
Time will tell if Albert continues to climb that list.
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