List of Major League Baseball all-time leaders in home runs by pitchers

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Wes Ferrell holds both the career and season records for home runs by a pitcher.

In baseball, a home run (HR) is typically a fair hit that passes over an outfield fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more, which entitles the batter to legally touch all bases and score without liability.[1][2] Atypically, a batter who hits a fair ball and touches each base in succession from 1st to home, without an error being charged to a defensive player, is credited with an inside-the-park home run.[3][4] If, during a play, defensive or fan interference is called, and the awarded bases allow the batter to cross home plate, the batter is credited with a home run.[3][5]

Wes Ferrell holds the all-time Major League Baseball record for home runs hit while playing the position of pitcher. He hit 37 as a pitcher.[6] Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Warren Spahn are tied for second with 35 career home runs apiece.[7][8] Red Ruffing, Earl Wilson, and Don Drysdale are the only other pitchers to hit at least 25 home runs.[9][10][11] Jack Stivetts hit a total of 35 home runs in his playing career, 21 as a pitcher.[12] Yovani Gallardo, with 12 home runs, holds the lead among all active pitchers.[13]

Ferrell also holds the single-season record for home runs by a pitcher, with nine, a mark that he reached in 1931.[6] The record had previously been held by Stivetts, who had hit seven in 1890.[12] Since 1931, six different pitchers have hit seven home runs in a season: Ferrell, Lemon, Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale (twice), Wilson, and Mike Hampton.[6][7][10][11][14][15]

The first pitcher to officially hit a home run was Jack Manning, who accomplished the feat on August 3, 1876.[16] The most home runs by a pitcher in a single game is three, achieved by Jim Tobin on May 13, 1942.[17]

Career[edit]

All-time[edit]

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Bob Lemon hit 35 of his 37 career home runs as a pitcher.
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Warren Spahn hit all 35 of his career home runs as a pitcher.
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Walter Johnson hit 23 of his 24 career home runs as a pitcher.
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HOF
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Active player
Most home runs by a pitcher in a career, and their career total including home runs at other positions
Player Home runs Career total Notes Ref
Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell 37 38 Hit one home run as a pinch hitter. [6]
Lemon, BobBob LemonHall of Fame 35 37 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [7]
Spahn, WarrenWarren SpahnHall of Fame 35 35 [8]
Ruffing, RedRed RuffingHall of Fame 34 36 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [9]
Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson 33 35 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [10]
Drysdale, DonDon DrysdaleHall of Fame 29 29 [11]
Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 24 24 [18]
Gibson, BobBob GibsonHall of Fame 24 24 [19]
Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano 24 24 [20]
Johnson, WalterWalter JohnsonHall of Fame 23 24 Hit one home run as a pinch hitter. [21]
Stivetts, JackJack Stivetts 21 35 Hit 11 home runs while playing various other positions and three as a pinch hitter. [12]
Pappas, MiltMilt Pappas 20 20 [22]
Trout, DizzyDizzy Trout 20 20 [23]
Harshman, JackJack Harshman 19 21 Hit two home runs as a first baseman. [24]
Young, CyCy YoungHall of Fame 18 18 [25]
Rowe, SchoolboySchoolboy Rowe 16 18 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [26]
Tobin, JimJim Tobin 16 17 Hit one home run as a pinch hitter. [17]
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 16 16 [27]
Hampton, MikeMike Hampton 16 16 [15]
Meekin, JouettJouett Meekin 15 15 [28]
Schumacher, HalHal Schumacher 15 15 [29]
Grove, LeftyLefty GroveHall of Fame 15 15 [30]
Passeau, ClaudeClaude Passeau 15 15 [31]
Nuxhall, JoeJoe Nuxhall 15 15 [32]
Wynn, EarlyEarly WynnHall of Fame 15 17 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [33]
Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe 15 15 [14]
Donovan, DickDick Donovan 15 15 [34]
Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell 15 15 [35]
Ramos, PedroPedro Ramos 15 15 [36]
Wise, RickRick Wise 15 15 [37]
Peters, GaryGary Peters 15 19 Hit four home runs as a pinch hitter [38]

Active[edit]

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Yovani Gallardo, to date, has 12 home runs as a pitcher.
Most home runs in a career by active pitchers, and their career total including home runs at other positions
Player Home runs Career total Notes Ref
Gallardo, YovaniYovani Gallardo§ 12 12 [13]
Willis, DontrelleDontrelle Willis§ 9 9 [39]
Wood, TravisTravis Wood§ 9 9 [40]
Owings, MicahMicah Owings§ 7 9 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [41]
Arroyo, BronsonBronson Arroyo§ 6 6 [42]
Cain, MattMatt Cain§ 6 6 [43]
Wainwright, AdamAdam Wainwright§ 6 6 [44]
Bumgarner, MadisonMadison Bumgarner§ 6 6 [45]
  • Statistics obtained from MLB.com.[46] Updated through October 26, 2014.

Single-season[edit]

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Jack Stivetts hit 7 home runs, as a pitcher, in 1890.
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Mike Hampton hit 7 home runs in 2001 for the Colorado Rockies.
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Most home runs by a pitcher in a season, their total home runs, year, and team
Player Home runs Season total Year Team Ref
Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell 9 9 1931 Cleveland Indians [6]
Stivetts, JackJack Stivetts 7 7 1890 St. Louis Browns [12]
Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell 7 7 1933 Cleveland Indians [6]
Lemon, BobBob LemonHall of Fame 7 7 1949 Cleveland Indians [7]
Newcombe, DonDon Newcombe 7 7 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers [14]
Drysdale, DonDon DrysdaleHall of Fame 7 7 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers [11]
Drysdale, DonDon DrysdaleHall of Fame 7 7 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers [11]
Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson 7 7 1968 Detroit Tigers [10]
Hampton, MikeMike Hampton 7 7 2001 Colorado Rockies [15]
Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 6 6 1887 Chicago White Stockings [18]
Hutchinson, BillBill Hutchinson 6 6 1894 Chicago Colts [47]
Schumacher, HalHal Schumacher 6 6 1934 New York Giants [29]
Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell 6 7 1935 Boston Red Sox [6]
Harshman, JackJack Harshman 6 6 1956 Chicago White Sox [24]
Harshman, JackJack Harshman 6 6 1958 Baltimore Orioles [24]
Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson 6 6 1965 Boston Red Sox [10]
Wilson, EarlEarl Wilson 6 7 1966 Boston Red Sox/Detroit Tigers [10]
Jenkins, FergusonFerguson JenkinsHall of Fame 6 6 1971 Chicago Cubs [48]
Siebert, SonnySonny Siebert 6 6 1971 Boston Red Sox [49]
Wise, RickRick Wise 6 6 1971 Philadelphia Phillies [37]
Zambrano, CarlosCarlos Zambrano 6 6 2006 Chicago Cubs [20]

Progression of the single-season record[edit]

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John Clarkson tied the single-season record in 1885 with four, then broke it by hitting six in 1887.
Progression of the single-season home run record by a pitcher, their home run total, year, and team
Player Home runs Year Team Notes Ref
Manning, JackJack Manning 1 1876 Boston Red Caps Tied by Jim Devlin (1877),[50] Terry Larkin (1877),[51] and John Montgomery Ward (1878).[52] [16]
Ward, John MontgomeryJohn Montgomery WardHall of Fame 2 1879 Providence Grays [52]
Whitney, JimJim Whitney 4 1882 Boston Red Caps Tied by John Clarkson (1885).[18] [53]
Clarkson, JohnJohn ClarksonHall of Fame 6 1887 Chicago White Stockings [18]
Stivetts, JackJack Stivetts 7 1890 St. Louis Browns [12]
Ferrell, WesWes Ferrell 9 1931 Cleveland Indians [6]

Single-game[edit]

Most home runs by a pitcher in a game, team, home runs, date of game, and opposing team
Player Team Home Runs Date Opposing team Ref
Tobin, JimJim Tobin Boston Braves 3 May 13, 1942 Chicago Cubs [17]

References[edit]

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  48. ^ "Ferguson Jenkins career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  49. ^ "Sonny Siebert career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
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  53. ^ "Jim Whitney career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 26, 2014. 

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