Chicago Cubs Top Home Run Hitters – Number Ten: Hank Sauer
Hank Sauer was an incredibly consistent hitter for the Cubs in the early fifties. In the four seasons in which he played at least 140 games, he hit at least 30 home runs and drove in a minimum of 89 runs.
In 1952, Sauer led the Majors in home runs with 37 and RBI with 121 and was the National League MVP. Two years later, he smashed 41 homers and knocked in 103, yet finished an amazing 26th that year in the MVP balloting.
Another interesting fact was Sauer never struck out 100 times. In fact, the only time he whiffed more than 77 times was in his MVP season when he had 92. To show what a different time it was, he led the Majors strikeouts in 1948, while with the Reds with 85.
As a Cub, he ranks well in several categories.
- 10th – Home Runs – 198
- T-25th – Runs Batted In – 587
- 43rd – Runs Scored – 498
- T-37th – Wins Above Replacement – 18.5
Sauer also made two All-Star appearances while with the Chicago Cubs.
His years with the Cubs were clearly the most productive of his career.