Happy 50th birthday to Brady Anderson, who hit 50 homers in 1996
Of the 27 players who've hit 50 or more home runs in a single season, Brady Anderson might have been the most unlikely. He crushed 50 for the Orioles in 1996 (you can watch him reaching the plateau above) but didn't hit more than 24 in any other season.
On top of that, Anderson was a speedy outfielder who was more known for stealing bases than power -- he'd swiped 53 bags in 1992, and he and Barry Bonds are the only players in MLB history to have seasons of 50 homers and 50 steals. Seventy percent of his '96 homers came from the leadoff spot, and he set an MLB record by leading off four consecutive games with long balls.
While his season of spectacular power may have been an anomaly, he was a mainstay in Baltimore from 1988-2001 and is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame and currently the Orioles' Vice President of Baseball Operations. Happy 50th, Brady.