MCLII And Other Personalized Plates That O's Fans Can Now Look Forward to Now That Their Team Is Sinking Like a Stone
by Mike Carminati
MCLII is, of course, 1152 in Roman Numerals, those doohickeys that ancient Rome used to record dates in their film credits. 1152 was the year that Geoffrey, the future Archbishop of York and bastard son of Henry II of England, was born--I bet he got picked on when he was a kid.
And 1152 also represents the number of home runs that O's teammates and future Hall-of-Famers Sammy Sosa and Rafael Palmeiro have amassed in their careers collectively. Sosa with ten this season just passed Mark McGwire for sixth all time in homers at 584. Palmeiro has 17 this year and 568 for his career (9th) to go with 3010 hits (tied with Wade Boggs in 23rd place).
1152 is the most career home runs that any two teammates have ever recorded. The previous high was 1056, which was set in 1934 by Yankees Babe Ruth (708) and Lou Gehrig (348) and was tied in 2003 by the Giants' Barry Bonds (658) and Andres Galarraga (398). There are only two other teammates with at least 1000 career home runs were 1016 in 1971 by Giants Willie Mays (646) and Willie McCovey (370) and 1031 in 1972 by Braves Hank Aaron (673) and Orlando Cepeda (358). Prior to Ruth's ascension, the previous high which had stood for 25 years was 232 in 1896 by Phils Sam Thompson (126) and Dan Brouthers (106).
For the heck of it, I ran the numbers for the yearly leaders in career dingers by teammates and since I love tables, here it is. Oh, I also added the all-time high as of the given year and how long the "record" had stood as of that year. Enjoy: