List of Major League Baseball hit records

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This is a list of Major League Baseball hit records. Bolded names mean the player is still active.

3,000 career hits[edit]

Main article: 3,000 hit club

240 hits in one season[edit]

Player Hits[1] Team Season
Ichiro Suzuki 262 Seattle Mariners 2004
George Sisler 257 St. Louis Browns 1920
Lefty O'Doul 254 Philadelphia Phillies 1929
Bill Terry 254 New York Giants 1930
Al Simmons 253 Philadelphia Athletics 1925
Rogers Hornsby 250 St. Louis Cardinals 1922
Chuck Klein 250 Philadelphia Phillies 1930
Ty Cobb 248 Detroit Tigers 1911
George Sisler 246 St. Louis Browns 1922
Ichiro Suzuki 2423 Seattle Mariners 2001
Heinie Manush 241 St. Louis Browns 1928
Babe Herman 241 Brooklyn Dodgers 1930
Wade Boggs 240 Boston Red Sox 1985
Darin Erstad 240 Anaheim Angels 2000

Evolution of the single season record for hits[edit]

Hits[2] Player Team Year Years Record Stood
138 Ross Barnes Chicago White Stockings 1876 7
146 Roger Connor New York Gothams 1883 1
162 Ezra Sutton Boston Beaneaters 1884 1
169 Roger Connor New York Gothams 1885 1
187 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1886 1
225 Tip O'Neill St. Louis Cardinals 1887 7
237 Hugh Duffy Boston Braves 1894 5
238 Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies 1899 12
248 Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers 1911 9
257 George Sisler St. Louis Browns 1920 84
262 Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners 2004 10 (current)

Three or more seasons with 215+ hits[edit]

Player Seasons Seasons & Teams
Paul Waner[3] 7 1927-1928, 1930, 1932, 1934, 1936-1937 Pittsburgh
Rogers Hornsby[4] 5 1920-1922, 1924 St. Louis-NL; 1929 Chicago-NL
Ichiro Suzuki[5] 5 2001, 2004, 2006-2007, 2009 Seattle
Ty Cobb[6] 4 1909, 1911-1912, 1917 Detroit
George Sisler[7] 4 1920-1922, 1925 St. Louis-AL
Sam Rice[8] 3 1924-1926 Washington-AL
Joe Medwick[9] 3 1935-1937 St. Louis-NL
Stan Musial[10] 3 1943, 1946, 1948 St. Louis-NL
Pete Rose[11] 3 1969, 1973, 1976 Cincinnati
Kirby Puckett[12] 3 1986, 1988-1989 Minnesota
Michael Young[13] 3 2004-2006 Texas

Five or more seasons with 200+ hits[edit]

Player Seasons Seasons & Teams
Ichiro Suzuki 10 2001–2010 Seattle (consecutive years-record)
Pete Rose 10 1965–1966, 1968–1970, 1973, 1975–1977 Cincinnati; 1979 Philadelphia-NL
Ty Cobb 9 1907, 1909, 1911–1912, 1915–1917, 1922, 1924 Detroit
Paul Waner 8 1927–1930, 1932, 1934, 1936–1937 Pittsburgh
Lou Gehrig[14] 8 1927–1928, 1930–1932, 1934, 1936–1937 New York-AL
Willie Keeler[15] 8 1894–1898 Baltimore; 1899-1901 Brooklyn-NL
Derek Jeter[16] 8 1998–2000, 2005–2007, 2009, 2012 New York-AL
Rogers Hornsby 7 1920-1922, 1924-1925 St. Louis-NL; 1927 New York-NL; 1929 Chicago-NL
Charlie Gehringer[17] 7 1929–1930, 1933–1937 Detroit
Wade Boggs[18] 7 1983–1989 Boston-AL
George Sisler 6 1920–1922, 1925, 1927 St. Louis-AL; 1929 Boston-NL
Sam Rice 6 1920, 1924–1926, 1928, 1930 Washington-AL
Al Simmons[19] 6 1925, 1929–1932 Philadelphia-AL; 1933 Chicago-AL
Stan Musial 6 1943, 1946, 1948–1949, 1951, 1953 St. Louis-NL
Steve Garvey[20] 6 1974–1976, 1978-1980 Los Angeles-NL
Michael Young 6 2003–2007, 2011 Texas
Chuck Klein[21] 5 1929–1933 Philadelphia-NL
Kirby Puckett 5 1986–1989, 1992 Minnesota
Tony Gwynn[22] 5 1984, 1986–1987, 1989, 1997 San Diego

100 or more hits from each side of the plate, season[edit]

Player LH hits RH hits Season & Teams
Garry Templeton 111 100 1979 St. Louis Cardinals[23]
Willie Wilson 130 100 1980 Kansas City Royals[23]

League leader in hits[edit]

League leader in hits 5 or more seasons[edit]

Player Titles[24] Seasons & Teams
Ty Cobb 8 1907–1909, 1911–1912, 1915, 1917, 1919 Detroit
Pete Rose 7 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972–1973, 1976 Cincinnati; 1981 Philadelphia-NL
Tony Gwynn 7 1984, 1986–1987, 1989, 1994–1995, 1997 San Diego
Ichiro Suzuki 7 2001, 2004, 2006–2010 Seattle
Stan Musial 6 1943–1944, 1946, 1948–1949, 1952 St. Louis-NL
Tony Oliva 5 1964–1966, 1969–1970 Minnesota

League leader in hits 3 or more consecutive seasons[edit]

Player Titles Seasons & Teams
Ichiro Suzuki 5 2006–2010 Seattle Mariners
Ginger Beaumont 3 1902–1904 Pittsburgh Pirates
Ty Cobb 3 1907–1909 Detroit Tigers
Rogers Hornsby 3 1920–1922 St. Louis Cardinals
Tony Oliva 3 1964–1966 Minnesota Twins
Kirby Puckett 3 1987–1989 Minnesota Twins
Johnny Pesky 34 1942, 1946–1947 Boston Red Sox

League leader in hits, three decades[edit]

Player Seasons & Teams
Pete Rose 1965, 1968, 1970, 1972–1973, 1976 Cincinnati Reds; 1981 Philadelphia Phillies

League leader in hits, both leagues[edit]

Player Seasons & Teams
Lance Johnson 1995 Chicago White Sox; 1996 New York Mets

League leader in hits, three different teams[edit]

Player Seasons & Teams
Paul Molitor 1991 Milwaukee Brewers; 1993 Toronto Blue Jays; 1996 Minnesota Twins

Consecutive game hitting streaks of 30 or more games[edit]

Player Games[25] Team Season
Joe DiMaggio 56 New York Yankees 1941
Willie Keeler 45 (1, 44) Baltimore Orioles 1896-1897
Pete Rose 44 Cincinnati Reds 1978
Bill Dahlen 42 Chicago Colts 1894
George Sisler 41 St. Louis Browns 1922
Ty Cobb 40 Detroit Tigers 1911
Paul Molitor 39 Milwaukee Brewers 1987
Jimmy Rollins 38 (36, 2) Philadelphia Phillies 2005-2006
Tommy Holmes 37 Boston Braves 1945
Gene DeMontreville 36 Washington Senators 1896-1897
Fred Clarke 35 Louisville Colonels 1895
Ty Cobb 35 Detroit Tigers 1917
George Sisler 35 (1, 34) St. Louis Browns 1924-1925
Luis Castillo 35 Florida Marlins 2002
Chase Utley 35 Philadelphia Phillies 2006
George McQuinn 34 St. Louis Browns 1938
Dom DiMaggio 34 Boston Red Sox 1949
Benito Santiago 34 San Diego Padres 1987
George Davis 33 New York Giants 1893
Hal Chase 33 New York Highlanders 1907
Rogers Hornsby 33 St. Louis Cardinals 1922
Heinie Manush 33 Washington Senators 1933
Dan Uggla 33 Atlanta Braves 2011
Harry Heilmann 32 Detroit Tigers 1922-1923
Hal Morris 32 (29, 3) Cincinnati Reds 1996-1997
Ed Delahanty 31 Philadelphia Phillies 1899
Napoleon Lajoie 31 Cleveland Naps 1906
Sam Rice 31 Washington Senators 1924
Vada Pinson 31 Cincinnati Reds 1965-1966
Willie Davis 31 Los Angeles Dodgers 1969
Rico Carty 31 Atlanta Braves 1970
Ron LeFlore 31 Detroit Tigers 1975-1976
Ken Landreaux 31 Minnesota Twins 1980
Vladimir Guerrero 31 Montréal Expos 1999
Cal McVey 30 Chicago White Stockings 1876
Elmer Smith 30 Cincinnati Reds 1898
Tris Speaker 30 Boston Red Sox 1912
Goose Goslin 30 Detroit Tigers 1934
Stan Musial 30 St. Louis Cardinals 1950
George Brett 30 Kansas City Royals 1980
Jerome Walton 30 Chicago Cubs 1989
Sandy Alomar, Jr. 30 Cleveland Indians 1997
Nomar Garciaparra 30 Boston Red Sox 1997
Eric Davis 30 Baltimore Orioles 1998
Luis Gonzalez 30 Arizona Diamondbacks 1999
Albert Pujols 30 St. Louis Cardinals 2003
Willy Taveras 30 Houston Astros 2006
Moisés Alou 30 New York Mets 2007
Ryan Zimmerman 30 Washington Nationals 2009
Andre Ethier 30 Los Angeles Dodgers 2011

see note5

Where possible, hitting streaks that extend between seasons are broken down to show when the hits occurred. For example, Keeler's (1, 44) indicates 1 hit in 1896, and 44 in 1897.6

Consecutive game hitting streaks to start a career[edit]

Player Games[25] Team Season
Chuck Aleno 17 Cincinnati Reds 1941
Juan Pierre 16 Colorado Rockies 2000
James Jones 14 Seattle Mariners 2014
Dale Alexander 13 Detroit Tigers 1929
Mike Woodard 13 San Francisco Giants 1985
Rocco Baldelli 13 Tampa Bay Rays 2003
Glenn Williams 13 Minnesota Twins 2005

7 or more hits by an individual in one game[edit]

Hits[26] Player Team Date Opponent
97 Johnny Burnett Cleveland Indians July 10, 1932 Philadelphia Athletics
7 Wilbert Robinson Baltimore Orioles June 10, 1892 St. Louis Browns
78 César Gutiérrez Detroit Tigers June 21, 1970 Cleveland Indians
710 Rocky Colavito Detroit Tigers June 24, 1962 New York Yankees
7 Rennie Stennett Pittsburgh Pirates September 16, 1975 Chicago Cubs

6 hits in a game by an individual, twice[edit]

Player Team Date
Cal McVey Chicago White Stockings July 22, 1876
Chicago White Stockings July 25, 1876
Jim Bottomley St. Louis Cardinals September 16, 1924
St. Louis Cardinals August 5, 1931
Doc Cramer Philadelphia Athletics June 20, 1932
Philadelphia Athletics July 13, 1935
Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins August 30, 1987
Minnesota Twins May 23, 1991

See note9

3 hits by an individual in one inning[edit]

1,660 hits by a team in one season[edit]

Hits[27] Team Season
1,783 Philadelphia Phillies 1930
1,769 New York Giants 1930
1,732 Philadelphia Phillies 1894
1,732 St. Louis Cardinals 1930
1,723 Detroit Tigers 1921
1,722 Chicago Cubs 1930
1,715 Cleveland Indians 1936
1,698 Pittsburgh Pirates 1922
1,693 Philadelphia Phillies 1929
1,684 St. Louis Browns 1922
1,684 Boston Red Sox 1997
1,683 New York Yankees 1930
1,676 New York Yankees 1936
1,672 Detroit Tigers 1929
1,667 Boston Red Sox 2003
1,667 New York Yankees 1931
1,665 Boston Red Sox 1950
1,665 Cleveland Indians 1996
1,664 Colorado Rockies 2000
1,664 Philadelphia Phillies 1895
1,663 Colorado Rockies 2001
1,661 New York Giants 1922

Notes[edit]

  1. Major League Baseball still lists Cobb's hit total at 4,191, but almost all independent baseball historians have revised the total to 4,189.
  2. A number of disagreements exist over the correct hit total for Anson: see "Career hits total".
  3. While Ichiro Suzuki had played many years professionally in Japan, this mark is considered the Major League Baseball record for rookies, as this was his first year in Major League Baseball.
  4. After leading the American League in 1942, Pesky missed the next three full seasons serving in World War Two. As 1942 was his rookie season, he is the only player to lead his league in hits for his first three seasons.
  5. This list omits Denny Lyons of the 1887 American Association Philadelphia Athletics, who had a 52-game hitting streak.[28] In 1887, the major leagues adopted a new rule which counted walks as hits, a rule which was dropped after that season. Lyons hit in 52 consecutive games that season, but his streak included two games (#22 and #44) in which his only "hits" were walks. In 1968, MLB ruled that walks in 1887 would not be counted as hits, so Lyons' streak was no longer recognized, though it still appears on some lists. In 2000, Major League Baseball reversed its 1968 decision, ruling that the statistics which were recognized in each year's official records should stand, even in cases where they were later proven incorrect. Paradoxically, the ruling affects only hit totals for the year; the batting champion for the year is not recognized as the all-time leader despite having the highest single-season average under the ruling, and Lyons' hitting streak is not recognized.
  6. Major League Baseball recognizes two hitting streak records: Longest hitting streak in one season, and longest hitting streak over multiple seasons (e.g. Rollins 2005-2006).[29] Keeler's, Sisler's, and Rollins' streaks are listed as 44, 34, and 36 games when discussing single-season streaks, and 45, 35, and 38 games when discussing multiple-season streaks.
  7. 18 inning game
  8. Second game of a double header
  9. Excluded on this list are Henry Larkin, who accomplished this once with the Washington Senators and again in the American Association, and Ed Delahanty did this once with the Philadelphia Phillies and again in the Players League.
  10. 22 inning game

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Rogers Hornsby career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  11. ^ "Pete Rose career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Michael Young career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Lou Gehrig career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  15. ^ "Willie Keeler career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "Derek Jeter career stats". New York Yankees. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Charie Gehringer career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  18. ^ "Wade Boggs career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  19. ^ "Al Simmons career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  20. ^ "Steve Garvey career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  21. ^ "Chuck Klein career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  22. ^ "Tony Gwynn career stats". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Kuenster, Bob (March–April 2006). "Letters to the Editor". Baseball Digest (Evanston, IL, USA: Century Publishing Company) 65 (2): 15. ISSN 0005-609X. Garry Templeton and Willie Wilson are the only two switch-hitters to collect 100 or more hits from each side of the plate in one season. Templeton ... totaled 111 from the left side and 100 from the right side. Wilson (amassed) ... 130 as a left and 100 as a righty swinger. 
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  25. ^ a b List of 30 game hitting streaks
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  28. ^ List of 30 game hitting streaks
  29. ^ ESPN - Phils' Rollins extends streak to 36 games - MLB