September 16, 1954: Ted Kluszewski hits his 49th home run of the season during a 9-3 win over the Dodgers at Ebbets Field.
Kluszewski finished second to Willie Mays in the MVP balloting after a season in which he batted .326, hit 49 homers, and drove in 141 runs. His home run and RBI totals are club records for a first baseman, as are his OBP (.407) and SLG (.642). Big Klu drew seven first place votes out of the 24 cast in the MVP balloting. From August 27 through September 13, he set a modern NL record by scoring a run in 17 consecutive games. He also set a NL record for most HRs hit at home in a season by striking 34 at Crosley Field.
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