Sports Data: Michael Jordan’s Season PPG and Babe Ruth’s Home Run Totals


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By Stephen Ruiz

This graph details Michael Jordan’s average points per game throughout the years of 1984-2003. Jordan’s average began to steadily decline during the 1990s due to a new style of offense Phil Jackson implemented that balanced the scoring amongst the players, called the Triangle Offense.

Though the Triangle Offense is difficult to understand and learn, the Bulls Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman (among others) learned how to run it rather quickly; winning six championships during the 1990s.

Nobody has won the National Basketball League’s scoring title more than Michael Jordan, who won it ten times throughout his playing career. Among many achievements throughout his career, this 14-time all-star is still considered to be one of the greatest players to ever play the sport. His number 23, is retired by 2 NBA teams, including the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat.



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By Stephen Ruiz

George Herman “Babe” Ruth, also known as “The Great Bambino,” “The Sultan of Swat,” or “The Caliph of Clout,” among many nicknames, is one of Major League Baseball’s most historic players. At the start of his career, he was a left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, which resulted in the lack of home runs during this time period. However, following a trade to the New York Yankees in 1919, he moved to the outfield where he would have an opportunity to swing the bat.

According to Babe Ruth’s Biography, “He changed baseball from a grind it out style to one of power and high-scoring games.” Starting in 1919, Babe Ruth broke the home run record by hitting 29 homers. On several occasions, he broke his own records, including 1921 and 1929 where he hit 59 and 60 home runs in a single season!

Though the home run totals seem to stagger and drop on a few occasions, they are still huge numbers in comparison to the home run totals other players were accomplishing during this time period. Only a few other players in the history of baseball, with a question of Performance Enhancing Drugs, have touched or come close to touching the totals the Babe accomplished throughout his 22 season career.


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