Johnny Mize is the only player in history to have at least 50 home runs and fewer than 50 strikeouts in the same season. He had 51 homers and 42 strikeouts for the 1947 New York Giants.
** factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’
What I personally love about this interesting fact is that although today’s baseball stars are undoubtedly better athletes, they cannot compare to some of the amazing feats accomplished by their predecessors. With players like Adam Dunn, Prince Fielder, and Ryan Howard crushing home runs of this same level annually, they are not on the same page when it comes to overall batting ability!!