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Here Are Major League Baseball's Home Run Leaders In Each Pope's Term

Pius XI was good for power hitting.

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The Baltimore Sun presents us with this list, compiled by baseball historian Bill Arnold, of the MLB's home-run leaders by papal reign.

Roger Connor hit 138 homers during the papacy of Leo XIII (1878-1903). He also grew at least one completely rad mustache, and appeared in a chewing tobacco advertisement. Bet the pope didn't do that.

Ted Williams homered 482 times for Pius XII (1939-1958), even though the pope questioned whether Williams' son cryogenically freezing his body was, in fact, What Jesus Would Do.

Hank Aaron and Harmon Killebrew both hit 174 home runs during the reign of John XXIII (1958-1963) — a stalemate being appropriate for the Pope who helped mediate the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Barry Bonds notched 703 during John Paul II's papacy (1978-2005). JPII's thoughts on Bonds' steroid use? "I didn't like it, but, I mean, he was still a great hitter. It's hard to say."

And our most recent pope, Benedict XVI (2005-2013), got to watch Albert Pujols reach the stands 312 times. Probably safe to say that Pujols will not be the home run king of Francis' reign, though the Angels did sign him through, and I quote, "eternity

Which slugger will dominate Francis' papacy? Ryan Braun? Miguel Cabrera? Jose Bautista? ONLY GOD KNOWS.

(Braun image: Getty / Christian Petersen; Cabrera image: AP / Jeff Roberson; Bautista image: Reuters / Steve Nesius)

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