|n 1880, Worcester's Harry Stovey and Boston's Jim
O'Rourke tied for the league lead in home runs with six apiece. It was just the first of
five times that Stovey would lead his league in round-trippers. His second home run title
came in 1883 when he bested Charley Jones' single-season mark by five circuit blasts.
Harry's 14th and final home run of the 1883 season came in an exciting ten inning slugfest
between Philadelphia and Cincinnati. Philadelphia outlasted Cincinnati, 13-12, with
Harry's home run coming off Will White, the league's leader in pitching victories both in
1882 (40 wins) and 1883 (43 wins).
It should be noted that Stovey wasn't simply a one-dimensional slugger. Four times he led his league in runs scored, triples, and slugging average. Twice he garnered league-leading totals in stolen bases. And in other years he topped the league in doubles, RBIs, and fielding average at first base.