Daily Archives: June 11th, 2011

‘Home Sweet Home’ on the diamond

The New York Yankees went 52-29 in 2010 at Yankee Stadium giving them their 19th straight season with a winning record at home, longest streak in the major leagues. Topping the National League are the St. Louis Cardinals who have had a winning record at home for 11 straight seasons.

Following are the teams that have the longest current winning seasons at their home park.

Team                                       Consecutive winnings seasons at home

New York Yankees                                                          19

Boston Red Sox                                                               13

St. Louis Cardinals                                                         11

Minnesota Twins                                                            10

Houston Astros                                                               10

Los Angeles Angels                                                         9

Philadelphia Phillies                                                       8

Toronto Blue Jays                                                           6

New York Mets                                                                6

Los Angeles Dodgers                                                      5

Colorado Rockies                                                            5

NBA players who averaged 24+ in their first season

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Fifteen NBA players averaged 24 or more points in their first NBA campaign, led by Wilt Chamberlain who averaged 37.6 points per game (ppg) in his rookie season of 1959-60. Here is the list of the 15:

Player, rookie season ppg, rookie season

Wilt Chamberlain, 37.6 (1959-60)

Walt Bellamy, 31.6 (1961-62)

Oscar Robertson, 30.5 (1960-61)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 28.2 (1969-70)

Elvin Hayes, 28.4 (1968-69)

Michael Jordan, 28.2 (1984-85)

Rick Barry, 25.7 (1965-66)

Terry Dischinger, 25.5 (1962-63)

Elgin Baylor, 24.9 (1958-59)

Geoff Petrie, 24.8 (1970-71)

Sidney Wicks, 24.5 (1971-72)

David Robinson, 24.3 (1989-90)

Earl Monroe, 24.3 (1967-68)

Walter Davis, 24.2 (1977-78)

Bernard King, 24.2 (1977-78)

Two quick notes: Of the 15 players listed above, only two, Jordan and Baylor had career scoring averages higher than their rookie season ppg.; Jordan averaged 28.2 his rookie season and tallied 30.1 ppg for his career… Baylor had a career ppg of 27.4 after a 24.9 ppg mark in his first season in the league. Four of the 15 players listed above never topped their rookie season ppg in their careers: Bellamy, Dischinger, Wicks and Davis. Dischinger had the most significant drop going from a rookie season ppg of 25.5, yet his career ppg was only 13.8.