Ken Williams: 30-30 Club

30-30 Club: The First Players

Ken Williams: 30-30 Club

Williams was the first big leaguer in the 30-30 club (30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season). During that season in 1922, Williams also led the American League in extra base hits (84) and total bases (367).


Ken Williams, one of the best left fielders in history, played mostly on the St. Louis Browns–with stars such as pitcher Urban Shocker, outfielder Baby Doll Jacobson, and the eventual Hall of Fame first baseman George Sisler.

Williams had an unusual combination of speed and power. In 1922, he knocked in 39 home runs and stole 37 bases. He was the 1st “30-30” player in the game. It took the incomparable Willie Mays in 1956 to achieve the 2nd such season–34 years later–giving rise to the “30-30 Club”. By the way, Mays repeated his feat in 1957 (the next year).