History was made in the Red Sox-Orioles game Monday night, when O's outfielder Nick Markakis cranked two doubles, giving him 43 on the season.
That mark makes Markakis just the third MLB player ever with at least 43 doubles in four straight seasons, joining Hall of Famers Joe Medwick and Tris Speaker.
Markakis is hitting .290/.365/.422 in what has been a down year for the 26-year-old, but is still among one of the better young outfielders in the game and has a streak of 43, 48, 45 and now 43 in the last four years, respectively.
Speaker, meanwhile, played a 22-season career, 11 with the Indians and nine with the Red Sox. He bashed 40 or more doubles 10 times, but the longest consecutive seasons with at least 43 doubles was in a four-year streak from 1920-23. He hit 50, 52, 48 and 59 respectively, all with the Indians.
Medwick spent 11 seasons with the Cardinals in a 17-season career, hitting for at least 40 doubles seven seasons in a row from 1933-39, all with the Cards. His streak of multiple seasons with at least 43 came from 1935-39, meaning Markakis has one more year to go to tie Medwick for most consecutive seasons. "Ducky" had 46, 64, 56, 47 and 48, respectively.
-- Evan Brunell
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