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Al had his greatest year in '53 winning the A.L. Home Run Crown, Runs Batted In, Runs Scored and Total Bases Titles. For his great performance he was named the Most Valuable Player in the A.L. by a record unanimous vote! "Flip" is the 9th player to ever top the League in RBI's two years in a row.
Al hit 37 HR's in '50, so the next year he swung for the fences!
The result? Only 24 HR's and 265 average. After that, Al decided just to meet the ball.
And how he met it! In '53 Al had his highest B.A. and topped his former HR total!
"Ozark Ike" had his best year in 1953, placing 2nd in the American League in Homers, Slugging (.559) and driving in 100 or more runs for the 3rd straight season. Gus came to the Athletics via a 3-way trade with Chicago in 1951 and that year he led the American League in Home Runs (33) and Runs Batted In (129).