Baltimore is a rather Catholic town; if you ever lived here you know that.
I was born and raised an Irish Catholic in Baltimore; if you frequent this blog you may have known that.
Baseball is the ultimate sport for bizarre connections to history. No sport does random statistics better than baseball.
This morning's blog merges all of those concepts together rather seamlessly (or clumsily, that's your call). I must admit its ridiculousness made me laugh and shake my head a little bit.
Baseball historian/statistician Bill Arnold passed this tidbit my way. And I had to share it with you. It combines Catholicism and baseball. And includes Baltimore's greatest son.
In honor of the Roman Catholic Church naming
I'm not kidding.
By the way, Arnold points out that, numbers-wise, it's easier to be selected to be pope (66 percent of the electorate) than a baseball Hall of Famer (75 percent).
Here is the list:
Pope (Reign), Player, HRs
Pius IX (1846-1876), Charley Jones, 6
Leo XIII (1878-1903), Roger Connor, 138
Pius X (1903-1914), Frank Schulte, 73
Benedict XV (1914-1922), Babe Ruth, 162
Pius XI (1922-1939), Babe Ruth, 552
Pius XII (1939-1958), Ted Williams, 482
John XXIII (1958-1963), Hank Aaron and
Paul VI (1963-1978), Hank Aaron, 437
John Paul I (1978),
John Paul II (1978-2005),
Benedict XVI (2005-2013), Albert Pujols, 312