LA Angels: How Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo Compare to Other Dynamic Duos
Throughout the enrapturing history of Major League Baseball, there have been great duos that have changed the game forever.
There was Ruth and Gehrig, Spahn and Sain, and Aaron and Mathews, just to name a few.
When the season first started, all of the talk in Los Angeles centered around the addition of Albert Pujols.
Now, the end of July is here and both Trout and Trumbo lead Pujols in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
Trout is single-handedly running away with AL Rookie of the Year honors with a league-leading .350 batting average, while his fellow outfielder Trumbo is second on the team at .304.
At a combined 46 years of age, the "Angels in the Outfield" have taken the American League by storm, and have given Los Angeles its closest shot at a World Series title since the team last won it 10 years ago.
In the American past time of baseball, where great players are born and the rest just assimilate, Trout and Trumbo have risen to the challenge and have made themselves a threat in the American League.
Let's see how they compare to other dynamic duos in major league history after one year together.
Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. (1996)
In their first full year together, the Seattle sluggers launched a combined total of 85 home runs.
The deadliest combo in Seattle Mariner history had two of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball on the same team at the same time.
Ken Griffey Jr. finished the 1996 season with 49 home runs and 140 RBI, while Alex Rodriguez finished with 36 homers and 123 RBI.
Rodriguez also led the AL in batting average that season at .358, a number very similar to Trout who is batting .350 as August approaches.
Griffey Jr. ended the 1996 season with an average of. 303, almost identical to Trumbo's average right now.
Trout and Trumbo have a combined 43 homers with two months left to play. Simply put: Both pairs can hit home runs and drive runs in.
Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx (1939)
When Hall of Famer Ted Williams broke into the big leagues in 1939, he had one of the best hitters in all of baseball, Jimmie Foxx, as his teammate.
Right before World War II shook Europe to its core in 1939, the Williams-Foxx tandem gave the Americans something to distract themselves from the conflict overseas.
That year, the two combined to hit 66 homers and drive in 250 runs.
Although Foxx was the seasoned veteran of the two, Williams would eventually go on to become the face of the Boston franchise over the next 20 years.
Much like Williams did in his rookie season of 1939, Mike Trout is becoming one of the finest hitters in the game at such a young age.
The difference between the two duos is that Foxx was at the downward end of his career, whereas both Angels have yet to hit their prime.
Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris (1960)
As one of the most dominant and recognizable faces in New York Yankees history, Mickey Mantle was baseball in the 1950s.
As the next decade began, the Yankees front office teamed him up with a young slugger named Roger Maris.
When the two played together for the first time in pinstripes in 1960, they totaled 79 homers and 206 RBI.
The Yankees lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1960 World Series, which is most recognizable for Bill Mazeroski's series-clinching homer in the ninth inning of Game 7.
The Yankees would go on to win the Fall Classic the next two seasons, but the Mantle-Maris pairing only succeeded for a couple of seasons.
Duke Snider and Roy Campanella (1949)
As the "fabulous '50s" approached, the Brooklyn Dodgers had a lethal tandem in their clubhouse as Duke Snider and Roy Campanella were ready to excite the crowds at Ebbets Field.
In the first season where both men played at least 100 games, the two Hall of Famers weren't exactly hitting the cover off the ball, (at least by today's standards) but helped pave the way for continuous success for the Dodgers.
Neither player hit more than 23 home runs in 1949, but both were key contributors as the Dodgers reached the World Series, only to lose to the New York Yankees.
Both Snider and Campanella hit 31 home runs the next season, and Brooklyn continued to be a legitimate powerhouse in the National League.
It was only a matter of time before the "Boys of Summer" would win a World Series, which they did six years later with Snider and Campanella leading the charge.
Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson (1966)
In his first season coming over from Cincinnati, Frank Robinson belted 49 homers for the Baltimore Orioles.
His partner in crime with the same last name, Brooks, hit 23 homers that season as both players proved to be a deadly combination in Baltimore.
Both men drove in over 100 runs in their first year together, and the Orioles swept the defending-champion Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
With both Robinsons' stealing the show in Baltimore, the Orioles would go on to win a total of four AL pennants while the two of them were together.
Both Robinsons' helped the Orioles win the 1970 World Series over Frank's former team, the Cincinnati Reds.