Gary Sanchez’s accomplishments in his first 55 games

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Yep, Gary Sanchez has had an amazing start to his career. Through 55 games, he’s got a whopping 20 homers. But can you believe that’s not the most ever through 55 games? That honor still belongs to Wally Berger, who swatted 21 round trippers in his first 55 career games, coming in 1930 with the Boston Braves.

Sanchez is one of 47 players since 1913 to drive in 42 runs during his first 55 career games. That record is held by Joe DiMaggio, who amassed 59 RBI as a rookie with the Yankees in 1936. The list of guys to drive in exactly 42 runs in their first 55 games is actually pretty interesting:

Buzz Arlett
Will Middlebrooks
Irv Noren
Mickey Mantle
Bob Fothergill
Pat Burrell
Miguel Cabrera
Kyle Schwarber
Miguel Sano
Trevor Story
Gary Sanchez
Dave Kingman

Trevor Story also did it last year, while Kyle Schwarber and Miguel Sano both did it in 2015.

In addition to his 20 homers, Gary Sanchez also had 12 doubles in those first 55 games. That’s also pretty good, historically speaking. Here are the most extra-base hits through 55 games:

1Joe DiMaggio2671043
2Roy Weatherly255737
3Zeke Bonura1441735
4Wally Berger852134
5Ryan Braun1521734
6Jose Abreu1411934
7Hunter Pence205833
8Trevor Story1341633
9Gary Sanchez1202032
10Adam Dunn1511632
11Ted Williams194932

This is quite a great group of players from all across the history of baseball. Sanchez is the only one to reach 32 extra-base hits without a single triple.

Also–I recommend you keep your eye on that Joe DiMaggio guy–he could be something special!