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Albert Pujols

Will Pujols be the greatest ever?

Little doubt that Albert Pujols has started his career with some of the most mind boggling hitting statistics in memory. Many already speculate that he will rank among the highest eschelon to ever play baseball. Compare his first two years with other baseball legends who started well:

Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals

Year Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG
2001 .329 161 590 112 194  47   4  37  130 .610
2002 .314 157 590 118 185  40   2  34  127 .561

Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

Year Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG
1939 .327 149 565 131 185  44 11  31 145 .609
1940 .344 144 561 134 193  43 14  23 113 .594

Stan Musial, St. Louis Cardinals

Year Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG
1942 .315 140 467 87 147  32  10  10  72 .490
1943 .357 157 617 108 220  48  20  13  81 .562

Joe Dimaggio, New York Yankees

Year Avg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SLG
1936 .323 138 637 132 206 44 15 29 125 .576
1937 .346 151 621 151 215 35 15 46 167 .673

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