Goldpanners All-Time Record Holder
Kennedy’s Season Slips Mantle Off Head of Kemp
Move over, Steve Kemp, Adam Kennedy is taking your place. Kemp, generally considered the greatest hitter ever to play with the Alaska Goldpanners, owned the top individual season honors for 20 years. But in 1995, Adam Kennedy of Cal State Northridge changed the picture.
The slight Kennedy, just a freshman, had a good season from start to finish and posted a .432 average to topple the long run of Kemp by seven percentage points. Kennedy was no slouch either as he hit 15 doubles, 11 triples and 3 home runs and swiped 25 bases for an excellent speed and power combo.
Kemp, from the University of Southern California, was a clean-up hitter and feared by the opposition. He ripped 13 home runs and drove in 46 runs in 41 games. Kennedy on the other hand, was the leadoff hitter and time and again set the table for fast getaways by the Goldpanners.
Kennedy joins Kemp and just four other .400 hitters in the Goldpanners’ fabulous 38-year history. Besides Kennedy and Kemp, the only other Panner to hit above the magic level was Bob Boone of Stanford with a .405 in 1968. Boone, the current manager of the Kansas City Royals, is also one of the team’s greatest career hitters, ranking closely behind Kemp in that category. Kennedy chose not to chase the career records as he decided to pass up the Fairbanks experience after his sophomore season. All career marks were well within Kennedy’s sights after the great rookie season.
The other .400 hitters—all landing right on the mark—were big Bobby Jack of the University of Oklahoma in 1971, Alvin Davis of Arizona State in 1980 and current Panner assistant coach Bill Dunckel of San Diego State in 1991.
Of the six, Dunckel’s season is probably the most outstanding as he collected 60 RBI in 58 games while ripping 16 doubles, 12 triples and 15 home runs. In addition, he stole 43 bases. Both the 12 triples and the 43 steals rank him on the all-time Goldpanner charts just behind Bob Boone and Tom Goodwin of Fresno State with 14 and 48 respectively.
Minor League Statistics 1997-1999
Major League Career Statistics 1999-2001
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