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Baseball Leaders by Category

For each category, name baseball's top 5 all-time leaders.
Through 2019. Modern era records only.
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First submittedApril 7, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 30, 2019
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Home Runs
(career)
762
Barry Bonds
755
Hank Aaron
714
Babe Ruth
696
Alex Rodriguez
660
Willie Mays
 
 
Batting Average
(career)
.366
Ty Cobb
.359
Rogers Hornsby
.356
Joe Jackson
.349
Lefty O'Doul
.345
Tris Speaker
 
 
Saves (career)
652
Mariano Rivera
601
Trevor Hoffman
478
Lee Smith
437
Francisco Rodríguez
424
John Franco
 
 
Slugging Average
(career)
.690
Babe Ruth
.634
Ted Williams
.632
Lou Gehrig
.609
Jimmie Foxx
.607
Barry Bonds
Home Runs
(single-season)
73
Barry Bonds
70
Mark McGwire
66
Sammy Sosa
61
Roger Maris
60
Babe Ruth
 
 
Batting Average
(single season, 1950-)
.394
Tony Gwynn
.390
George Brett
.388
Ted Williams
.388
Rod Carew
.379
Larry Walker
 
 
Hits (career)
4,256
Pete Rose
4,189
Ty Cobb
3,771
Hank Aaron
3,630
Stan Musial
3,514
Tris Speaker
 
 
Strikeouts
(pitching, career)
5,714
Nolan Ryan
4,875
Randy Johnson
4,672
Roger Clemens
4,136
Steve Carlton
3,701
Bert Blyleven
RBIs
(single-season, 1950-)
165
Manny Ramirez
160
Sammy Sosa
157
Juan Gonzalez
156
Alex Rodriguez
153
Tommy Davis
 
 
ERA
(single-season, 1950-)
1.12
Bob Gibson
1.53
Dwight Gooden
1.56
Greg Maddux
1.60
Luis Tiant
1.65
Dean Chance
 
 
Steals (career)
1406
Rickey Henderson
938
Lou Brock
897
Ty Cobb
808
Tim Raines
752
Vince Coleman
 
 
Most Cy Young Awards
7
Roger Clemens
5
Randy Johnson
4
Greg Maddux
4
Steve Carlton
Batting Average
(career, 1950-)
.338
Tony Gwynn
.328
Rod Carew
.326
Wade Boggs
.318
Kirby Puckett
.318
Vladimir Guerrero
 
 
Wins
(career, 1950-)
355
Greg Maddux
354
Roger Clemens
329
Steve Carlton
324
Nolan Ryan
324
Don Sutton
 
 
Seasons Played
27
Nolan Ryan
26
Tommy John
25
Jamie Moyer
25
Rickey Henderson
25
Jim Kaat
25
Charlie Hough
25
Eddie Collins
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level 40
Oct 3, 2013
Just Rose doesn't work for Pete Rose
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level ∞
Oct 3, 2013
Fixed!
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level 80
Oct 8, 2013
Yep, Pete Rose sure did fix things.
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level 36
Oct 8, 2013
You should add Julio Franco, he was 23 years, plus 2 overseas, and played til he was 49
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level 54
Oct 6, 2016
So, he played 23 seasons...which is fewer than anyone else on this list. Why should he be added, exactly?
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level 64
Apr 23, 2015
All the "since 1950" ones threw me for a loop. I know a lot of ACTUAL leaders, but most of them didn't play since the 50's
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level 54
Jun 6, 2016
How many names can you think of for a home run? http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/103225/different-names-for-a-home-run
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level 66
Oct 9, 2016
Slugging Percentage is the common term, never heard anyone call it slugging average.
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level 70
May 12, 2017
Quizmaster is the only one I've ever seen refer to it as "Slugging Average". Go to MLB.com and click on "Stats". Hover over "SLG" and the pop-up balloon says "Slugging Percentage".
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level 49
Aug 14, 2017
I ran into someone about 30 years ago who said "slugging average." No more. We disposed of his body in the Salt River.
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level 57
Jan 13, 2017
Vladimir Guerrero has a .318 batting average too.
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level 47
Feb 4, 2017
Yep!
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level ∞
Apr 16, 2017
.3176 vs Puckett's .3181
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level ∞
Oct 2, 2017
Guerrero is on the list now since Cabrera has fallen off.
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level 70
May 12, 2017
Got 42/53 without even typing the names of Bonds, A-Roid, McGwire, Sosa and Clemens. Missed Lefty O'Doul, K-Rod, Dean Chance and Eddie Collins. Also missed Juan Gonzalez, but he juiced too, so no biggie.
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level 49
Aug 14, 2017
O'Douo only qualifies marginally. He didn't quite have 10 full seasons in the majors.
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level 58
Jan 26, 2018
As a batter, O'Doul only had four TRULY full seasons. He won two batting titles (.398 with Phillies in 1929---his first full season! & .368 with Dodgers in 1932). For those four full seasons (1929-1932) he hit a blistering .373. Not bad production for a guy who was already in his 30s when he had those four seasons. It's closed now but he had a restaurant in San Francisco, near Union Square, "Lefty O'Doul's", that was a great cafeteria style place to eat, and it had scores of photos all over the walls autographed by players galore. Lefty didn't stick around in the majors because he missed S.F. and the Bay Area too much to stay away. For a guy with a .349 lifetime BA, he did NOT leave because there weren't any teams wanting him!!!
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level 58
Jan 26, 2018
Just a note on Rogers Hornsby: **beginning of the 20th century through the present, Hornsby holds the top 3 highest seasonal batting averages for the Cardinals (.424, .403, .401 in 1924, 1925, 1922), the top one for the Cubs (.380 in 1929), the top one for the Braves (.387 in 1928), and when he hit .361 (in 1927) for the Giants it was also their 20th century single-season record until broken a couple years (or so) later. He may have been a curmudgeon but that guy could hit in his sleep!
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level 49
May 8, 2018
Had my first corned beef at Lefty O'Doul's when I was ten and my dad took me there. Ten years later, Pop sent a copy of "The Glory of Their Times" to me in Vietnam. He had Lefty autograph his picture (Harry Hooper, too).
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level 58
May 9, 2018
We must have a lot in common, at least baseball-wise. One year when I was in-between college years(?) I actually drove down to Santa Cruz and went to Harry Hooper's home. Got a couple autographs (one on a photo from his playing days). Harry passed away two or so years later. Another time I was able to get Joe DiMaggio's when I went to a ballfield that was being named for him, or the kids' league playing there (in Marin), saw it in the paper, said "I'm going", and surrounded by a bunch of kids (I was the only adult who ventured out on the field to get his autograph, unashamedly) I was fortunate that he was gracious enough to give it---he looked surprised such a "big kid" was out there.
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level 69
Apr 20, 2019
Why only since 1950? Most people start the modern era with the 1901 season - the first World Series.
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level 19
May 29, 2019
Tris Speaker is actually 6th in career batting average at .3447. Ed Delahanty is #5 with at lifetime .3458.
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level ∞
Sep 30, 2019
Ed Delahanty played most of his career prior to the modern era so he is not included as per the caveats.