But how about a look at some of the high marks established in a single month. Did you know that DiMaggio and Hack Wilson hold the record for most RBI in a month with 53. Wilson accomplished the feat in August 1930 for the Cubs and DiMaggio equaled the mark in August 1939 with the Yankees. The Most doubles in a month? Paul Waner of the Pirates set the mark in May 1932 with 20. Triples? The most three-base hits in a single month is 11 set by Perry Werden of the Browns in July 1893 and equaled by Larry Doyle of the Giants in May 1911. The most current high mark for triples in a month was in July 2004 when Carl Crawford of the Rays hit eight. Ty Cobb holds the unbreakable record for hits in a month with 68 in July 2012.
In the pitching department, the most strikeouts in a month is 87 by Nolan Ryan of the Angels in June 1977. Ryan is the only pitcher to fan 80 or more batters in a month, doing it in 1977 and also in July 1972 (83) and August 1974 (85). For wins, the most in a month in the National League are 15 by John Clarkson in June 1885, a season he won 53 games. The American League mark is 10 by Rube Waddell in July 1902. The modern mark, since 1900, in the N.L. is nine wins by Christy Mathewson in August 1903 and 1904 and Grover Alexander in May 1920. The saves record in a month is held by three closers who saved 15 games in a month. Lee Smith was the first to save 15 in a month when he did it for the Cardinals in June 1993. The record was tied by John Wetteland of the Yankees in June 1996 and by Chad Cordero of the Nationals in June 2005.
The most followed monthly record has been that of home runs. Fans are intrigued by players who hit the long ball and the hot streaks that have been put together by sluggers through the history of Major League Baseball since 1920 when the live ball era began. The first player to record 15 homers in a single month was Cy Williams of the Phillies when he pounded 15 homers in May 1923. Babe Ruth broke the mark in Sept. 1927 when he blasted 17 homers and finished the year with a record shattering 60. In 1937, Tigers rookie Rudy York erased Ruth's record by clubbing 18 homers in August 1937 and his mark has been replaced by the 20 home runs Sammy Sosa hit in June 1998.
In 2014, Edwin Encarnacion of the Toronto Blue Jays became the last big league player to club 15 or more home runs in one month when he put 16 over the wall in May 2014. Last April, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story of the Rockies both fell one home run shy of hitting 11 in April and joining a list of 17 players who accomplished the feat in the first month of the season.
Babe Ruth and Mark McGwire hold the mark of having the most months with 15 or more homers during their careers with four, followed by Sammy Sosa and Hank Greenberg who had three.