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1. My big bat came in my fifth season in the Major Leagues. Although I had never hit 40 home runs in a season before, I popped for 61 in 1961, breaking Babe Ruth's record of 60 in 1927. It created the biggest asterisk in baseball because I did it in a 162-game season while the Babe did it in a 154-game season. Who am I?
2. I died in 1946, and rolled over in my grave when my name was used as a slang term for a component of the male anatomy. I won three Triple Crowns in my career as a result of my arm. My arm made my name and no other part of the body. I was also a two-time MVP. I spent my entire 21-season career with the Senators, but went to only two World Series. Who am I that was the second pitcher in history to reach 400 wins in their career?
3. I had a big mysterious pitch in baseball that tailed in many different directions. Unfortunately, it was later named the 'spitball'. I was the first pitcher in history to win the Cy Young award in both the American and National League. In 22 seasons, I was a Giant, Indian, Ranger, Padre, Yankee, Brave, Mariner, and even a Kansas City Royal. My Cy Young awards came in 1972 and 1978. Who am I?
4. After never hitting more than 31 home runs in a season, I emerged with a big bat by hitting 57 in 2001 with the Diamondbacks. Almost 1/3 of my hits in the season were home runs, but I still finished third in home runs with 57. Who am I?
5. I had a big bat in 1930. This was the season that I created most of my career highs in the Major Leagues. As a member of the Cubs, I hit 56 home runs, the only time in my career that I reached the 40-plateau. I also hit a career high .356 along with 191 RBIs. The only reason that I did not win the National League MVP was because they did not award it in the 1930 season. Who am I that was a 1979 Hall of Fame inductee?
6. Throughout my 21-season career I was accused of having a big head. Even after retiring in 1987 with Oakland, I just couldn't shake my arrogant past because I always had a big month in October. I retired with 563 home runs and was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame all by myself in 1993. Who am I?
7. My big bang came with my arm in 1968. I won 31 games in a season, the first time since someone won that many in 1934. Unfortunately, my 1968 season was the beginning of my end. Although I won 24 games in the 1969 season with the Tigers, my next season was 3-5, then 10-22. After that, it was jail time for me. Who am I?
8. At the age of 29, I set a baseball record for winning 59 games in the 1884 season. This was mainly due to many rule changes in baseball, and too many records were set between 1884-1889 before baseball changed their ways again. At any rate, I started 73 games in the season and went 59-12 with 441 strikeouts. This is why Major League baseball did not begin their official stats under consistent rules until 1920. Who am I?
9. Although I hit 184 home runs in five full seasons, I wasn't recognized until I hit 52 in my sixth, then 57 home runs in my seventh season. In 2003, I hit another 47 as a Ranger before the Yankees recognized me, then became a member of the pinstripes in 2004. Who am I that had to switch from the shortstop position, to a Yankee third baseman?
10. First came Ty Cobb with his record-setting 96 stolen bases in a season in 1915. Then came Maury Wills of the Dodgers in 1962, becoming the first player to break the 100 stolen base barrier. However, I made it more amazing when I broke Wills' record by stealing 118 bases at the amazing age of 35 in 1974. I had some big feet in that season. Who am I?
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