List of career achievements by Babe Ruth

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This page details statistics, records, and other achievements pertaining to Babe Ruth. At the time in which Babe Ruth played, some of baseball's modern awards did not exist. The Division Series and Championship Series did not exist. The MLB All-Star Game did not exist until 1933, late in Ruth's career. At the time of his retirement, Ruth held many of baseball's most esteemed records, including the career records for home runs (714 — since broken), slugging percentage (0.690), runs batted in (2,213 — since broken), bases on balls (2,062 — since broken) and on-base plus slugging (1.164). At the time of his retirement, Ruth held many more records than are listed here.

Achievements[edit]

All-time ranks[edit]

  • 1st on all-time slugging % with 0.690
  • 1st on all-time OPS with 1.164
  • 1st on all-time OPS+ with 206
  • 2nd on all-time on-base % list with .474
  • 2nd on all-time RBI list with 2,213
  • 3rd on all-time home run list with 714
  • 3rd on all-time bases on balls list with 2,062
  • 4th on all-time runs list with 2,174 (Tied with Hank Aaron)
  • 7th on all-time total bases list with 5,793
  • 9th on all-time batting average list with .342 (Tied with Dan Brouthers)

Major League records[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Slugging percentage, career: 0.690

Home runs, career: 714 (708 in AL, 6 in NL)

Most times hitting two or more home runs in a game, career: 72 (71 in AL, 1 in NL)

Runs batted in, career: 2,213 (2,201 in AL, 12 in NL)

Bases on balls, career: 2,062 (2,042 in AL, 20 in NL)

No-hitter: Boston Red Sox 4, Washington Senators 0, June 23, 1917

  • First game of a doubleheader. Ruth and his catcher, Pinch Thomas, were ejected for arguing balls and strikes after walking the first batter, who was then caught stealing. Ernie Shore came on in relief and retired the next 26 in a row for a no-hitter, completely in relief. Catcher Sam Agnew caught for Shore.[3]

American League records[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Slugging percentage[edit]

Slugging percentage, career: 0.692

Slugging percentage, season: 0.847 (1920)

Slugging percentage by a lefthander, season: 0.847 (1920)

Seasons leading the league in slugging percentage: 13 (1918–1924, 1926–1931)

Runs[edit]

Runs, season: 177 (152 games, 1921)

Runs by a lefthander, season: 177 (152 games, 1921)

Seasons leading the league in runs: 8 (1919–1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1928)

Consecutive seasons leading the league in runs: Three, twice

Seasons with 150 or more runs: 6 (1920, 1921, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930)

Doubles[edit]

Doubles by pitcher, game: 3, at Washington Senators, May 9, 1918 (20 innings)

Home runs[edit]

Home runs, career: 714

Home runs with one club, career: 659, New York Yankees (1920–1934)

Home runs by lefthander, career: 714

Home runs in extra innings, career: 16

Home runs by outfielder, career: 686

Home runs, season: 60 (151 games in 1927)

Seasons leading the league in home runs: 12 (1918–1921, 1923–1924, 1926–1931)

Consecutive seasons leading the league in home runs: 6 (1926–1931)

  • Ruth tied for the league lead in 1931 (with teammate Lou Gehrig)

Home runs at home by lefthander, season: 32 (1921)

Home runs on road, season: 32 (1927)

Home runs on road by lefthander, season: 32 (1927)

Seasons hitting home runs in all parks, career: 11 (1919–1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1931)

Seasons with 50 or more home runs: 4 (1920, 1921, 1927, 1928)

Consecutive seasons with 50 or more home runs: Two, twice

Seasons with 40 or more home runs: 11 (1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1932)

Consecutive seasons with 40 or more home runs: 7 (1926–1932)

Seasons with 30 or more home runs: 13 (1920–1924, 1926–1933)

Seasons with 20 or more home runs: 16 (1919–1934)

Consecutive seasons with 20 or more home runs: 16 (1919–1934)

Home runs, two consecutive seasons: 114 (60 in 1927, 54 in 1928)

Home runs by lefthander, two consecutive seasons: 114 (60 in 1927, 54 in 1928)

Home runs by lefthander, one month: 17 (September 1927)

Home runs in June: 15 (1930)

Home runs through July 31: 41 (1928)

Home runs in September: 17 (1927)

Home runs through September 30: 60 (1927)

Most times hitting three home runs in a doubleheader, career (homering in both games): 7 (1920, 1922, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1933 (2))

Most times hitting two or more home runs in a game, career: 71

Home runs, two consecutive days: 6, May 21, 1930—May 22, 1930

  • Ruth played four games over the two-day stretch and did not homer in one of the games.
  • Tied by Tony Lazzeri (May 23-24, 1936)

Grand slams[edit]

Grand slams, two consecutive games (homering in each game): 2, twice

  • 2, September 27, 1927—September 29, 1927
  • 2, August 6, 1929 (second game)—August 7, 1929 (first game)
  • Several other players have achieved this once; only Ruth has achieved it twice.

Total bases[edit]

Total bases, season: 457 (152 games in 1921)

Total bases by lefthander, season: 457 (152 games in 1921)

Seasons leading the league in total bases: 6 (1919, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926, 1928)

  • Tied with Ty Cobb (1907–1909, 1911, 1915, 1917) and Ted Williams (1939, 1942, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1951)

Total bases by pitcher, game: 10, at Washington Senators, May 9, 1918 (10 innings)

Extra-base hits[edit]

Extra-base hits, career: 1,350 (506 doubles, 136 triples, 708 HR)

Extra-base hits, season: 119 (1921)

  • 44 doubles, 16 triples, 59 HR

Extra-base hits by lefthander, season: 119 (1921)

  • 44 doubles, 16 triples, 59 HR

Seasons leading the league in extra-base hits: 7 (1918–1921, 1923, 1924, 1928)

Consecutive seasons leading the league in extra-base hits: 4 (1918–1921)

Extra-base hits by pitcher, game: 4, at Washington Senators, May 9, 1918, (10 innings)

  • 3 doubles, 1 triple
  • Tied with Snake Wiltse, who achieved the feat in 9 inning

Runs batted in[edit]

Runs batted in, career: 2,202

Seasons leading the league in runs batted in: 6 (1919–1921, 1923, 1926, 1928)

  • Ruth tied for the league lead in 1928

Consecutive seasons leading the league in runs batted in: 3 (1919–1921)

Consecutive seasons with 150 or more runs batted in: 3 (1929–1931)

Seasons with 100 or more runs batted in: 13 (1919–1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1933)

Bases on balls[edit]

Bases on balls, career: 2,042

Bases on balls, season: 170 (152 games in 1923)

Bases on balls by lefthander, season: 170 (152 games in 1923)

Seasons leading the league in bases on balls: 11 (1920, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1928, 1930–1933)

Consecutive seasons leading the league in bases on balls: 4 (1930–1933)

Seasons with 100 or more bases on balls: 13 (1919–1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1928, 1930–1934)

Set with Lou Gehrig[edit]

Two teammates with 40 or more home runs, season: Thrice

  • 1927 (Ruth 60, Lou Gehrig 47)
  • 1930 (Ruth 49, Gehrig 41)
  • 1931 (Ruth 46, Gehrig 46)
  • Achieved by several other pairs of teammates since. Ruth and Gehrig were the first, and the only to achieve it three times.

Clubs with three consecutive home runs in inning: Twice

  • 4th inning, at Philadelphia Athletics, first game, September 10, 1925 (Bob Meusel, Ruth, Gehrig)
  • 7th inning, at Chicago White Sox, May 4, 1929 (Ruth, Gehrig, Meusel)

Shutouts[edit]

Shutouts won or tied by lefthander, season: 9 (1916)

All-Star Game records[edit]

Plate appearances, inning: 2, 5th inning, July 10, 1934

  • Tied with Lou Gehrig (5th inning, July 10, 1934) and Jim Rice (3rd inning, July 6, 1983)

First home run in All-Star Game history: 1 on, off Bill Hallahan, 3rd inning, July 6, 1933

World Series records[edit]

At the time of his retirement, Ruth held the World Series career records for series played (10), runs (37), home runs (15), total bases (96), slugging percentage (0.744), extra-base hits (22), bases on balls (33), strikeouts (30), and earned run average (0.87).

Most positions played, career: 4 (pitcher, left field, right field, first base)

Series batting .300 or over: 6 (1921, 1923, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1932)

Runs, 4-game series: 9 (1928)

Runs, game: 4, at St. Louis Cardinals, October 6, 1926

  • Achieved by several other players since; Ruth was the first to achieve this.

Consecutive games scoring one or more runs, career: 9 (1927 (last 2), 1928 (4), 1932 (first 3))

Hits, 4-game series: 10 (1928)

Most times reached first base safely, game (batting 1.000): 5, twice

  • 5, at St. Louis Cardinals, October 6, 1926 (3 HR, 2 BB)
  • 5, vs. St. Louis Cardinals, October 10, 1926 (1 HR, 4 BB)
  • Achieved by several players since then; only Ruth has achieved it twice.

Home runs, 7-game series: 4 (1926)

Series with three or more home runs: 3 (1923 (3), 1926 (4), 1928 (3))

Series with two or more home runs in a game: 4 (1923, 1926, 1928, 1932)

  • 2 HR in 1 game twice, 3 HR in 1 game twice

Most home runs, three consecutive series (three consecutive years): 9 (1926 (4), 1927 (2), 1928 (3))

Home runs, game: 3, twice

  • 3, at St. Louis Cardinals, October 6, 1926 (2 consecutive)
  • 3, at St. Louis Cardinals, October 9, 1928 (2 consecutive)
  • Ruth is the only player to achieve this twice.
  • Tied by Reggie Jackson (October 18, 1977 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers — each on 1st pitch), Albert Pujols (October 22, 2011 at Texas Rangers), and Pablo Sandoval (October 24, 2012 vs. Detroit Tigers)
  • Ruth also homered twice in a World Series game on two occasions (October 11, 1923 and October 1, 1932)

Home runs, two consecutive innings: 2, twice

  • 2, 4th and 5th innings, at New York Giants, October 11, 1923
  • 2, 7th and 8th innings, at St. Louis Cardinals, October 9, 1928
  • Ruth was the first to achieve this. It was next achieved by Ted Kluszewski on October 1, 1959.
  • Several other players have achieved this since; only Ruth has achieved it twice.

Total bases, 4-game series: 22 (1928)

Total bases, game: 12, twice

  • 12, at St. Louis Cardinals, October 6, 1926 (3 HR)
  • 12, at St. Louis Cardinals, October 9, 1928 (3 HR)
  • Also achieved by Reggie Jackson on October 18, 1977 (3 HR vs. Los Angeles Dodgers)
  • Broken by Albert Pujols on October 22, 2011 (3 HR, 2 singles at Texas Rangers)

Extra-base hits, 4-game series: 6 (1928)

Bases on balls, game: 4, vs. St. Louis Cardinals, October 10, 1926

Stolen bases, inning: 2, 5th inning, vs. New York Giants, October 6, 1921

  • Tied with several other players

Innings pitched, game: 14, vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, October 9, 1916

  • Ruth pitched a complete game victory (won game 2–1)

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Sporting News list of Baseball's 100 Greatest Players (1998) provided by Baseball Almanac
  2. ^ "ESPN: Top North American Athletes of the Century". ESPN SportsCentury. ESPN.com. September 14, 1999. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Caple, Jim. "Classic Box Score: June 23, 1917". espn.go.com. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved June 26, 2010.