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MLB Baseball Home Run Champs by Year

Name the players who have led the Major League in home runs for a single season.
Since the start of the live ball era in 1919
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First submittedOctober 4, 2012
Last updatedSeptember 30, 2019
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Year
HR
Player
2019
53
Pete Alonso
2018
48
Khris Davis
2017
59
Giancarlo Stanton
2016
47
Mark Trumbo
2015
47
Chris Davis
2014
40
Nelson Cruz
2013
53
Chris Davis
2012
44
Miguel Cabrera
2011
43
Jose Bautista
2010
54
Jose Bautista
2009
47
Albert Pujols
2008
48
Ryan Howard
2007
54
Alex Rodriguez
2006
58
Ryan Howard
2005
51
Andruw Jones
2004
48
Adrian Beltre
2003
47
Alex Rodriguez
Jim Thome
2002
57
Alex Rodriguez
2001
73
Barry Bonds
2000
50
Sammy Sosa
1999
65
Mark McGwire
1998
70
Mark McGwire
1997
58
Mark McGwire
1996
52
Mark McGwire
1995
50
Albert Belle
1994
43
Matt Williams
1993
46
Barry Bonds
Juan Gonzalez
1992
43
Juan Gonzalez
1991
44
Jose Canseco
Cecil Fielder
1990
51
Cecil Fielder
1989
47
Kevin Mitchell
1988
42
Jose Canseco
1987
49
Mark McGwire
Andre Dawson
1986
40
Jesse Barfield
Year
HR
Player
1985
40
Darrell Evans
1984
43
Tony Armas
1983
40
Mike Schmidt
1982
39
Reggie Jackson
Gorman Thomas
1981
31
Mike Schmidt
1980
48
Mike Schmidt
1979
48
Dave Kingman
1978
46
Jim Rice
1977
52
George Foster
1976
38
Mike Schmidt
1975
38
Mike Schmidt
1974
36
Mike Schmidt
1973
44
Willie Stargell
1972
40
Johnny Bench
1971
48
Willie Stargell
1970
45
Johnny Bench
1969
49
Harmon Killebrew
1968
44
Frank Howard
1967
44
Harmon Killebrew
Carl Yastrzemski
1966
49
Frank Robinson
1965
52
Willie Mays
1964
49
Harmon Killebrew
1963
45
Harmon Killebrew
1962
49
Willie Mays
1961
61
Roger Maris
1960
41
Ernie Banks
1959
46
Eddie Mathews
1958
47
Eddie Mathews
1957
44
Hank Aaron
1956
52
Mickey Mantle
1955
51
Willie Mays
1954
49
Ted Kluszewski
1953
47
Eddie Mathews
1952
37
Ralph Kiner
Hank Sauer
1951
42
Ralph Kiner
Year
HR
Player
1950
47
Ralph Kiner
1949
54
Ralph Kiner
1948
40
Ralph Kiner
Johnny Mize
1947
50
Ralph Kiner
Johnny Mize
1946
44
Hank Greenberg
1945
28
Tommy Holmes
1944
33
Bill Nicholson
1943
34
Rudy York
1942
36
Ted Williams
1941
37
Ted Williams
1940
43
Johnny Mize
1939
35
Jimmie Foxx
1938
58
Hank Greenberg
1937
46
Joe DiMaggio
1936
49
Lou Gehrig
1935
36
Jimmie Foxx
Hank Greenberg
1934
49
Lou Gehrig
1933
48
Jimmie Foxx
1932
58
Jimmie Foxx
1931
46
Lou Gehrig
Babe Ruth
1930
56
Hack Wilson
1929
46
Babe Ruth
1928
54
Babe Ruth
1927
60
Babe Ruth
1926
47
Babe Ruth
1925
39
Rogers Hornsby
1924
46
Babe Ruth
1923
41
Cy Williams
Babe Ruth
1922
42
Rogers Hornsby
1921
59
Babe Ruth
1920
54
Babe Ruth
1919
29
Babe Ruth
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level 71
Oct 4, 2013
Has anyone seen Sammy Sosa lately...freaky
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level 83
Oct 26, 2013
44% got Gorman Thomas, I'd imagine most were thinking Frank Thomas.
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level 66
Sep 30, 2014
That's how I got him. And got Ryan Howard because of Frank Howard. How I could think of Frank Howard and not Ryan Howard is beyond me, however. :D
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level 70
May 16, 2017
Nope, I was thinking of Gorman from the Harvey's Wallbangers' era. Seemed like when the Brewers and Red Sox got together, home runs would fly out and records fell back in the early 80s.
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level 72
Oct 1, 2014
can't believe so few people got rogers hornsby...he is one of 2 dudes to have won the triple crown in consecutive years...so good chance he had the most home runs in both leagues at some point
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level 47
Apr 2, 2016
Got Holmes,York and Kluezewski but missed Killebrew and Jackson!!!
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level 54
Jun 1, 2016
Fun home run quiz here: http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/103225/different-names-for-a-home-run
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level 36
Jul 24, 2016
Mark McGwire hit 58 home runs in 1997 (more than Griffey).
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level ∞
Jul 25, 2016
Can't believe no one had mentioned that before. You're right! In my defense, McGwire didn't lead either the NL or AL in home runs that year since he was traded halfway through. Incredibly short-sited of the A's to trade McGwire. At that point in his career he was almost a lock to break Roger Maris's record as long as he could stay healthy.
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level 70
May 16, 2017
...and kept juicing.
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level 47
Feb 2, 2018
The Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell trades illustrate the two sides of trading for prospects. The players the Cardinals traded to the Athletics did not develop into useful major leaguers. The Astros traded Larry Andersen to the Red Sox, and got a Hall of Famer in return. Jeff Bagwell had not played above Class A when he went to Houston.
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level 72
Jun 26, 2018
Don't mention the Red Sox and trades.
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level 47
Jul 20, 2018
They aren't all bad. In 1997, the Sox traded Heathcliff Slocumb to Seattle and got Derek Lowe and Jason Varitek in return.