Johnny Mize

“Big Jawn” or “Big Cat” was a baseball rarity: a powerful slugger who had a great batting eye and struck out very infrequently. In both 1947 and 1948 with the New York Giants, Mize led the league in homers while striking out fewer times then his home run total. For his career he smacked 359 longballs and fanned just 524 times. Due to this, there are few similar batters to Mize in all of baseball history. The top hitters via similarity score are Lance Berkman, Chuck Klein, and Hank Greenberg. But Mize was far better than Berkman and Klein, and Greenberg was a slugger who struck out quite a bit and didn’t have the plate discipline that Mize exhibited.

Mize holds the major league record for most three-homer games with six, which is pretty impressive considering he retired in 1953 and the home run rate has soared since. Mize led the National League in homers twice as a Cardinal and twice as a Giant. Then he spent five seasons serving as a valuable bat off Casey Stengel’s bench for the New York Yankees. He won five World Series rings in his five final seasons, all with the Bombers.