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Calendar >  A Look at the Existing Baseball Records

A Look at the Existing Baseball Records

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TR Robertson — Anyone who follows baseball, listens to baseball games, or watches games either in person or on T.V. knows that baseball is a sport surrounded by statistics. Statistics are kept for almost every facet of the game. Since the 2021 baseball season is currently underway, a look at some of the current record holders for many of the category’s statistics are kept is a good way to get the season started. Many of these records will probably never be broken and a couple are controversial. These are all lifetime records for the entire time the player played professional baseball in the U.S. and most statistics come from www.baseballreference.com.  We will touch on a few of these at the end of this article.

Current Baseball Record Holders

      Home Runs                                              Runs Batted In

  • Barry Bonds (S.F. Giants) – 762        Hank Aaron (Atlanta Braves) – 2,297
  • Hank Aaron – 755                            Babe Ruth – 2,214
  • Babe Ruth – 714                               Albert Pujois – 2,100
  • 5th – Albert Pujois (L.A. Angels) – 662 – currently active

      Doubles                                                        Triples

  • Tris Speaker (Red Sox/Indians) – 792    Sam Crawford – (Detroit Tigers) – 309
  • Pete Rose – 746                                       Ty Cobb – 295
  • Stan Musial – 725                                    Honus Wagner – 252
  • 5th – Albert Pujois – 619

      Batting Average                                      Pitching E.R.A.

  • Ty Cobb – (Tigers) – .366                   Ed Walsh (Chicago White Sox) – 1.81
  • Rogers Hornsby – .358                        Addie Joss – 1.88
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson – .355                Jim Devlin – 1.89
  • Tied for 18th – Tony Gwynn – (Padres) – .338 – highest in “Modern Era”  

      Pitching Wins                                                      Runs Scored

  • Cy Young – (Tigers) – 511                          Rickey Henderson – 12 different teams – 2,295
  • Walter Johnson – 417                                Ty Cobb – 2,245
  • Pete Alexander/Christy Mathewson – 373     Barry Bonds – 2,227

       Steals                                                                               Grand Slams

  • Rickey Henderson – 12 different teams – 1,406        Alex Rodriguez – 3 different teams – 25
  • Lou Brock – 938                                                         Lou Gehrig – 23
  • Billy Hamilton – 914                                                  Manny Ramirez – 21

Hit by Pitch                                                               Pitching Strike Outs

  • Gus Weyhing – (1887 Phillies and Reds) – 277        Nolan Ryan – 4 different teams – 5,714
  • Chick Fraser – 219                                                     Randy Johnson – 4,875
  • Pink Hawley – 210                                                     Roger Clemens – 4,672

       Pitching Saves                                                    Hits

  • Mariano Rivera – (Yankees) – 652                Pete Rose – 3 different teams – 4,256
  • Trevor Hoffman – 601                                 Ty Cobb – 4,189
  • Lee Smith – 478                                           Hank Aaron – 3,771

      Sacrifices                                                             Inside Park Home Runs

  • Eddie Murray – 7 different teams – 128        Jesse Burkett – (1890 NY Giants) – 55
  • Cal Ripken Jr. – 127                                       Sam Crawford – 51
  • Robin Yount – 123                                         Tommy Leach – 48
  • 11th – Albert Pujois – 115

      Pitcher Allowing Most Home Runs                  Best Hitting Pitchers

  • Jamie Moyer – 8 different teams – 522          Babe Ruth – (Red Sox/Yankees) – .342
  • Robin Roberts – 505                                       Wes Ferrell – .280
  • Fergie Jenkins – 484                                       Carlos Zambrano – .238

      Longest Home Runs                                                   Walks

  • Jose Canseco – (While with Oakland) – 540 ft.     Barry Bonds – (Giants) – 2,558
  • Mark McGwire – 538 ft.                                        Rickey Henderson – 2,190
  • Adam Dunn – 535 ft.                                            Babe Ruth – 2,062

     Most Consecutive Games Played           Most Games Played

  • Cal Ripken Jr. – (Orioles) – 2,632      Pete Rose – 3 different teams – 3,562
  • Lou Gehrig – 2,130                            Carl Yastrzemski – 3,308
  • Hideki Matsui – 1,768                        Hank Aaron – 3,298

Current player, 41-year-old Albert Pujois, with the Los Angeles Angels, has a good chance of making further impact on the different categories he is in, if he has a good, injury free year. Many baseball pundits think there are many of the baseball categories that will never be broken, for many reasons, partially due to the nature of todays game, the use of players in the game and the distance between the highest total in certain categories and the lack of any modern player remotely close to making a run for the top. The categories many feel will never be broken include:

Cy Young’s 511 wins

  • Rickey Henderson’s 1,406 steals and 2,295 runs scored
  • Barry Bonds 232 walks in one season, 762 home runs and 2,558 career walks
  • Ichiro Suzuki’s 262 hits in a single season
  • Chief Wilson’s 36 triples in one season
  • Hank Wilson’s 191 RBIs in one season
  • Ty Cobb’s lifetime batting average of .366
  • Pete Rose’s 4,256 career hits and 3,562 most games played in a career
  • Nolan Ryan’s 5,714 career strike outs
  • Cal Ripken Jr.’s 2632 consecutive games played
  • Jesse Burkett’s 55 inside the park home runs

Only time will tell if any of these records are threatened. One thing for sure, following teams and individual players quest for a record makes for an entertaining and exciting season.

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