Granderson Joins Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle and Giambi on 40-40 List

Curtis Grandeson in his junior season with the Flames.
Curtis Grandeson in his junior season with the Flames.

Sept. 26, 2012

CHICAGO – Former UIC baseball standout Curtis Granderson recently posted his 40th home run of the 2012 season in a 6-3 Monday night win at Minnesota, becoming just the fifth Yankee of all-time to record 40 homers in back-to-back seasons.  Granderson notched 41 long balls in 2011, a career-high, and now joins Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle and Jason Giambi in the exclusive 40-40 club.

Granderson spoke with’s Jordan Garretson after the game.

"Pretty neat," Granderson said. "They mentioned earlier that there's a couple guys that played for the Yankees and fall under the category, and now I'm one of them. It's neat to get mentioned with those guys -- I didn't know that.

"Especially with the number of guys that have played for the Yankees and put the pinstripes on -- at least for one sentence, I get to get mentioned with those guys. That's pretty cool."

The three-time all-star tallied his 40th bomb in style with a towering solo-shot to deep right center field that measured 437 feet and landed in the upper deck.  Granderson is currently tied for fifth among all MLB players this season with 40 home runs, trailing Texas’ Josh Hamilton (43) by three as he paces the league.  The Lynwood, Ill., native now owns 207 career blasts (105 in last three seasons) which ranks 44th overall among active MLB players.

Last year Granderson captured the AL’s Silver Slugger Award and finished fourth in the MVP voting.  He also became just the third NYY centerfield of all time to hit 41 homers or more to go along with his 153 hits, 136 runs, 119 RBIs and 25 stolen bases.

Granderson played three seasons for Flames, earning Second-Team All-American honors his junior year.  He was then drafted in the third round of the 2002 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers.