List of Major League Baseball runs batted in records

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Players denoted in boldface are still actively contributing to the record noted.

(r) denotes a player's rookie season.

160 batted in, one season[edit]

Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and two-time MVP
Player RBI [1] Team Season
Hack Wilson 191 Chicago Cubs 1930
Lou Gehrig 184 New York Yankees 1931
Hank Greenberg 183 Detroit Tigers 1937
Lou Gehrig 175 New York Yankees 1927
Jimmie Foxx 175 Boston Red Sox 1938
Lou Gehrig 174 New York Yankees 1930
Babe Ruth 171 New York Yankees 1921
Chuck Klein 170 Philadelphia Phillies 1930
Hank Greenberg 170 Detroit Tigers 1935
Jimmie Foxx 169 Philadelphia Athletics 1932
Joe DiMaggio 167 New York Yankees 1937
Sam Thompson 166 Detroit Wolverines 1887
Sam Thompson 165 Philadelphia Phillies 1895
Al Simmons 165 Philadelphia Athletics 1930
Lou Gehrig 165 New York Yankees 1934
Manny Ramírez 165 Cleveland Indians 1999
Babe Ruth 164 New York Yankees 1927
Babe Ruth 163 New York Yankees 1931
Jimmie Foxx 163 Philadelphia Athletics 1933
Hal Trosky 162 Cleveland Indians 1936
Sammy Sosa 160 Chicago Cubs 2001

Evolution of the single season record for runs batted in[edit]

RBI[2] Player Team Year Years record stood
60 Deacon White Chicago White Stockings 1876 3
62 Charley Jones Boston Red Caps 1879 1
62 John O'Rourke (r) Boston Red Caps 1879 1
74 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1880 1
82 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1881 1
83 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1882 1
97 Dan Brouthers Buffalo Bisons 1883 1
102 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1884 1
108 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1885 1
147 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1886 1
166 Sam Thompson Detroit Wolverines 1887 34
171 Babe Ruth New York Yankees 1921 6
175 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees 1927 3
191 Hack Wilson Chicago Cubs 1930 81 (current)

Four or more seasons with 130 runs batted in[edit]

Player Years Seasons and teams
Babe Ruth[3] 10 1920–21, 23, 26–32 New York (AL)
Lou Gehrig[4] 9 1927–28, 30–34, 36–37 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx[5] 6 1930, 32–34 Philadelphia (AL); 36, 38 Boston (AL)
Hank Greenberg[6] 5 1934–35, 37–38, 40 Detroit
Alex Rodriguez[7] 5 2000 Seattle; 01-02 Texas; 05, 07 New York (AL)
Ryan Howard[8] 4 2006–09 Philadelphia (NL)
Joe DiMaggio[9] 4 1937–38, 40, 48 New York (AL)
Juan González[10] 4 1996–98 Texas; 2001 Cleveland
Ken Griffey, Jr.[11] 4 1996–99 Seattle
Sammy Sosa[12] 4 1998–2001 Chicago (NL)
Manny Ramírez[13] 4 1998–99 Cleveland; 2004–05 Boston (AL)

Five or more consecutive seasons with 120 runs batted in[edit]

Player Years Seasons and teams
Lou Gehrig 8 1927–34 New York (AL)
Babe Ruth 7 1926–32 New York (AL)
Joe DiMaggio 6 1936–41 New York (AL)
Jim Bottomley[14] 5 1925–29 St. Louis (NL)
Chuck Klein[15] 5 1929–33 Philadelphia (NL)
Jimmie Foxx 5 1930–34 Philadelphia (AL)
Henry Aaron[16] 5 1959–63 Milwaukee (NL)

Ten or more seasons with 100 runs batted in[edit]

Player Years Seasons and teams
Alex Rodriguez 14 1996, 98–2000 Seattle; 01–03 Texas; 04–10 New York (AL)
Babe Ruth 13 1919 Boston (AL); 20–21, 23–24, 26–33 New York (AL)
Lou Gehrig 13 1926–38 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx 13 1929–35 Philadelphia (AL); 36–41 Boston (AL)
Al Simmons[17] 12 1924–32 Philadelphia (AL); 33–34 Chicago (AL); 36 Detroit
Barry Bonds[18] 12 1990–92 Pittsburgh; 93, 95–98, 2000–02, 04 San Francisco
Manny Ramírez 12 1995–96, 98–2000 Cleveland; 01-06 Boston (AL); 08 Boston (AL)-Los Angeles (NL)
Goose Goslin[19] 11 1924–28 Washington (AL); 30 Washington (AL)-St. Louis (AL); 31–32 St. Louis (AL); 34–36 Detroit
Frank Thomas[20] 11 1991–98, 2000, 03 Chicago (AL); 06 Oakland
Albert Pujols[21] 11 2001–10 St. Louis (NL), 12 Los Angeles Angels
Stan Musial[22] 10 1946, 48–51, 53–57 St. Louis (NL)
Willie Mays[23] 10 1954–55, 59–66 New York-San Francisco
Henry Aaron 10 1957, 59–63, 66–67, 70–71 Milwaukee-Atlanta
Joe Carter[24] 10 1986–87, 89 Cleveland; 90 San Diego; 91–94, 96–97 Toronto
Rafael Palmeiro[25] 10 1993, 99–2003 Texas; 95–98 Baltimore
Miguel Cabrera 10 2004-2007 Florida; 08-13 Detroit[26]

Eight or more consecutive seasons with 100 runs batted in[edit]

Player Years Seasons and teams
Lou Gehrig 13 1926–38 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx 13 1929–35 Philadelphia (AL); 36–41 Boston (AL)
Alex Rodriguez 13 1998–2000 Seattle; 01–03 Texas; 04–10 New York (AL)
Al Simmons 11 1924–32 Philadelphia (AL); 33–34 Chicago (AL)
Albert Pujols 11 2001–10 St. Louis (NL), 12 Los Angeles Angels
Miguel Cabrera 10 2004-2007 Florida; 08-13 Detroit[26]
Albert Belle 9 1992–96 Cleveland; 97–98 Chicago (AL); 99–2000 Baltimore
Rafael Palmeiro 9 1995–98 Baltimore; 99–2003 Texas
Manny Ramírez 9 1998–2000 Cleveland; 01–06 Boston (AL)
Sammy Sosa 9 1995–2003 Chicago (NL)
Chipper Jones 8 1996–2003 Atlanta Braves
Babe Ruth 8 1926–33 New York (AL)
Mel Ott[27] 8 1929–36 New York (NL)
Willie Mays 8 1959–66 New York—San Francisco
Frank Thomas 8 1991–98 Chicago (AL)
Mark Teixeira 8 2004–07 Rangers; 07–08 Atlanta Braves; 08 Angels; 09–11New York

League leader in runs batted in, five or more seasons[edit]

Player Titles [2] Seasons and teams
Cap Anson 8 1880–82, 84–86, 88, 91 Chicago (NL)
Babe Ruth 6 1919 Boston (AL); 20–21, 23, 26, 28 New York (AL)
Honus Wagner 5 1901–02, 08–09, 12 Pittsburgh

League leader in runs batted in, three or more consecutive seasons[edit]

Player Titles Seasons and teams
Cap Anson 3 1880–82 Chicago White Stockings
Cap Anson 3 1884–86 Chicago White Stockings
Ty Cobb 3 1907–09 Detroit
Babe Ruth 3 1919 Boston (AL); 20–21 New York (AL)
Rogers Hornsby 3 1920–22 St. Louis (NL)
Joe Medwick 3 1936–38 St. Louis (NL)
George Foster 3 1976–78 Cincinnati
Cecil Fielder 3 1990–92 Detroit

League leader in runs batted in, three decades[edit]

Player Seasons and teams
Cap Anson 1880–82, 84–86, 88, 91 Chicago (NL)

League leader in runs batted in, both leagues[edit]

Player Seasons and teams
Napoleon Lajoie 1898 Philadelphia (NL); 1901 Philadelphia (AL); 1904 Cleveland

League leader in runs batted in, three different teams[edit]

Player Seasons and teams
Napoleon Lajoie 1898 Philadelphia (NL); 1901 Philadelphia (AL); 1904 Cleveland

10 or more runs batted in by an individual in one game[edit]

RBIs Player Team Date Opponent
12 Jim Bottomley[28] St. Louis Cardinals September 16, 1924 Brooklyn Robins
12 Mark Whiten[29] St. Louis Cardinals September 7, 1993 Cincinnati Reds
11 Wilbert Robinson[30] Baltimore Orioles June 10, 1882 St. Louis Browns
11 Tony Lazzeri[31] New York Yankees May 24, 1936 Philadelphia Athletics
11 Phil Weintraub[32] New York Giants April 30, 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers
10 Rudy York[33] Boston Red Sox July 27, 1946 St. Louis Browns
10 Walker Cooper[34] Cincinnati Reds July 6, 1949 Chicago Cubs
10 Norm Zauchin[35] Boston Red Sox May 27, 1955 Washington Senators
10 Reggie Jackson[36] Oakland Athletics June 14, 1969 Boston Red Sox
10 Fred Lynn (r)[37] Boston Red Sox June 18, 1975 Detroit Tigers
10 Nomar Garciaparra[38] Boston Red Sox May 10, 1999 Seattle Mariners
10 Alex Rodriguez[39] New York Yankees April 26, 2005 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10 Garret Anderson[40] Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim August 21, 2007 New York Yankees

950 runs batted in by a team in one season[edit]

RBI [41] Team Season
1,043 Boston Beaneaters 1894
997 New York Yankees 1936
990 New York Yankees 1931
986 New York Yankees 1930
981 Philadelphia Phillies 1894
974 Boston Red Sox 1950
960 Cleveland Indians 1999
954 New York Yankees 1932
954 Seattle Mariners 1996

References[edit]

  1. ^ Season RBI Statistics @ Baseball Almanac.com
  2. ^ a b Annual RBI leaders @ Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Babe Ruth statistics @ mlb.com
  4. ^ Lou Gehrig statistics @ mlb.com
  5. ^ Jimmie Foxx statistics @ mlb.com
  6. ^ Hank Greenberg statistics @ mlb.com
  7. ^ Alex Rodriguez statistics @ mlb.com
  8. ^ Ryan Howard statistics @ mlb.com
  9. ^ Joe DiMaggio statistics @ mlb.com
  10. ^ Juan González statistics @ mlb.com
  11. ^ Ken Griffey, Jr. statistics @ mlb.com
  12. ^ Sammy Sosa statistics @ mlb.com
  13. ^ Manny Ramírez statistics @ mlb.com
  14. ^ Jim Bottomley statistics @ mlb.com
  15. ^ Chuck Klein statistics @ mlb.com
  16. ^ Hank Aaron statistics @ mlb.com
  17. ^ Al Simmons statistics @ mlb.com
  18. ^ Barry Bonds statistics @ mlb.com
  19. ^ Goose Goslin statistics @ mlb.com
  20. ^ Frank Thomas statistics @ mlb.com
  21. ^ Albert Pujols statistics @ mlb.com
  22. ^ Stan Musial statistics @ mlb.com
  23. ^ Willie Mays statistics @ mlb.com
  24. ^ Joe Carter statistics @ mlb.com
  25. ^ Rafael Palmeiro statistics @ mlb.com
  26. ^ a b http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabremi01.shtml
  27. ^ Mel Ott statistics @ mlb.com
  28. ^ Jim Bottomley bio with ref. to his 12 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com
  29. ^ Box score of Mark Whiten's 12 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com
  30. ^ Wilbert Robinson bio. with ref. to his 11 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  31. ^ Tony Lazzeri's Hall-of-Fame bio and plaque, both referencing his 11 RBI game @ Baseball Hall of Fame.org
  32. ^ Phil Weintraub's 11 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com
  33. ^ Rudy York's 10 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com
  34. ^ Cincinnati Enquirer lists this as the 38th greatest moment in Reds history
  35. ^ News clip of Zauchon's 10 RBI game
  36. ^ Jackson bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  37. ^ Lynn bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com
  38. ^ Garciaparra bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  39. ^ Home New Tribune Article @ USA Today.com about A-Rod's 10 RBI game
  40. ^ MSNBC article detailing Anderson's 10 RBI game
  41. ^ Historic Team RBI statistics @ mlb.com

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