Top 100 Hitting Seasons


Topped by Babe Ruth,who in 1921, according to our research,put together the greatest hitting season in the history of the game.

Listed below are the 100 greatest hitting seasons in baseball.
( Hall of Fame Seasons )

Some interesting findings, as we carefully examined the 100 greatest hitting seasons, The Steroid Era Part 1(1990-2001) accounted for 20 seasons, while the Steroid Era Part 2(2002-2013) accounted for only 9 seasons. In total,The Steroid Era has accounted 29 seasons, compare that number to the total compiled by only 5 Players, Babe Ruth (11 seasons),Jimmie Foxx (8 seasons),Lou Gehrig (7 seasons),Ted Williams ( 6 seasons ) and Rogers Hornsby ( 5 seasons ) who have accounted for a total 37 seasons.

GREATEST HITTING SEASONS BY POSITION :

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Catcher Mike Piazza 1997
First Basemen Lou Gehrig 1927
Second Basemen Rogers Hornsby 1925
Third Basemen George Brett 1980
Short-Stop Alex Rodriguez 1996
Left Field Barry Bonds 2001
Center field Mickey Mantle 1956
Right Field Babe Ruth 1921
No. PLAYER Pos. Year Runs H.R. R.B.I.’s Avg. OB % Slg.% Points
1 Babe Ruth OF 1921 177 59 171 378 512 846 5.006
2 Babe Ruth OF 1920 158 54 137 376 532 847 4.962
3 Barry Bonds OF 2001 129 73 137 328 515 863 4.909
4 Barry Bonds OF 2004 129 45 101 362 609 812 4.894
5 Babe Ruth OF 1923 151 41 131 393 545 764 4.870
6 Barry Bonds OF 2002 117 46 110 370 582 799 4.861
7 Babe Ruth OF 1927 158 60 164 356 486 772 4.860
8 Ted Williams OF 1941 135 37 120 406 553 735 4.844
9 Lou Gehrig 1B 1927 149 47 175 373 474 765 4.829
10 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1932 151 58 169 364 469 749 4.817
11 Babe Ruth OF 1926 139 47 146 372 516 737 4.808
12 Rogers Hornsby 2B 1925 133 39 143 403 489 756 4.806
13 Babe Ruth OF 1924 143 46 121 378 513 739 4.790
14 Babe Ruth OF 1930 150 49 153 359 493 732 4.789
15 Hack Wilson OF 1930 146 56 191 356 454 723 4.781
16 Babe Ruth OF 1931 149 46 163 373 495 700 4.776
17 Lou Gehrig 1B 1936 167 49 152 354 478 696 4.771
18 Lou Gehrig 1B 1930 143 41 174 379 473 721 4.771
19 Rogers Hornsby 2B 1922 141 42 152 401 459 722 4.763
20 Mark McGwire 1B 1998 130 70 147 299 470 752 4.729
21 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1938 139 50 175 349 462 704 4.728
22 Sammy Sosa OF 2001 146 64 160 328 437 737 4.727
23 Lou Gehrig 1B 1934 128 49 165 363 465 706 4.724
24 Mickey Mantle OF 1956 132 52 130 353 465 705 4.717
25 Chuck Klein OF 1930 158 40 170 386 436 687 4.716
No. PLAYER Pos. Year Runs H.R. R.B.I.’s Avg. OB % Slg. % Points
26 Babe Ruth OF 1928 163 54 142 323 463 709 4.712
27 Rogers Hornsby 2B 1929 156 39 149 380 459 679 4.705
28 Barry Bonds OF 2003 111 45 90 341 529 749 4.701
29 Larry Walker OF 1997 143 49 130 366 452 720 4.700
30 Al Simmons OF 1930 152 36 165 381 423 708 4.700
31 Ted  Williams OF 1949 150 43 159 343 490 650 4.699
32 Rogers Hornsby 2B 1924 121 25 94 424 507 696 4.696
33 Stan Musial OF 1948 135 39 131 376 450 702 4.693
34 Todd Helton OF 2000 138 42 147 372 463 698 4.693
35 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1933 125 48 163 356 449 703 4.691
36 Lou Gehrig 1B 1931 163 46 184 341 446 662 4.687
37 Ted Williams OF 1942 141 36 137 356 499 648 4.674
38 Norm Cash 1B 1961 119 41 132 361 487 662 4.672
39 Ted Williams OF 1946 142 38 123 342 497 667 4.668
40 Hank Greenberg 1B 1938 144 58 146 315 438 683 4.668
41 Hank Greenberg 1B 1937 137 40 183 337 436 668 4.667
42 Joe DiMaggio OF 1937 151 46 167 346 412 673 4.667
43 Lou Gehrig 1B 1937 138 37 159 351 473 643 4.664
44 Jeff Bagwell 1B 1994 104 39 116 368 451 750 4.658
45 Mickey Mantle OF 1957 121 34 94 365 512 665 4.654
46 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1939 130 35 105 360 464 694 4.649
47 Mickey Mantle OF 1961 131 54 128 317 448 687 4.648
48 Babe Ruth OF 1929 121 46 154 345 430 697 4.643
49 Frank Thomas 1B 1994 106 38 101 353 487 729 4.643
50 Ty Cobb OF 1911 147 8 127 420 467 621 4.641
No. PLAYER Pos. Year Runs H.R. R.B.I.’s Avg. OB % Slg.%  Points
51 Larry Walker OF 1999 108 37 115 379 458 710 4.635
52 Babe Ruth OF 1932 120 41 137 341 489 661 4.634
53 Hank Greenberg 1B 1940 129 41 150 340 433 670 4.630
54 Lou Gehrig 1B 1928 139 27 142 374 467 648 4.623
55 Mark McGwire 1B 1996 104 52 113 312 467 730 4.621
56 Joe DiMaggio OF 1939 108 30 126 381 448 671 4.620
57 Todd Helton OF 2001 132 49 146 336 432 685 4.620
58 Manny Ramirez OF 1999 131 44 165 333 442 663 4.613
59 George Brett 3B 1980 87 24 118 390 454 664 4.608
60 Ted Williams OF 1948 124 25 127 369 497 615 4.603
61 Albert Pujols 1B 2003 137 43 124 359 439 667 4.603
62 Ted Williams OF 1947 125 32 114 343 499 634 4.600
63 Tris Speaker OF 1923 133 17 130 380 469 610 4.599
64 Willie McCovey 1B 1969 101 45 126 320 453 656 4.596
65 Harry Heilmann OF 1923 121 18 115 403 481 632 4.592
66 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1936 130 41 143 338 440 631 4.590
67 Earl Averill OF 1936 136 28 126 378 438 627 4.587
68 Manny Ramirez OF 2000 92 38 122 351 456 697 4.586
69 Mark McGwire 1B 1999 118 65 147 278 424 697 4.585
70 Mel Ott OF 1929 138 42 151 328 449 635 4.584
71 Joe Medwick   OF 1937 111 31 154 374 414 641 4.582
72 Alex Rodriguez 3B 2007 143 54 156 314 422 645 4.579
73 Albert Pujols 1B 2006 119 49 137 331 431 671 4.578
74 Jason Giambi 1B 2000 108 43 137 333 476 647 4.578
75 Chuck Klein OF 1929 126 43 145 356 407 657 4.576
No. PLAYER Pos. Year Runs H.R. R.B.I.’s Avg. OB % Slg.% Points
76 Jason Giambi 1B 2001 109 38 120 342 477 660 4.575
77 Joe DiMaggio OF 1941 122 30 125 357 440 643 4.573
78 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1934 120 44 130 334 449 653 4.573
79 Ralph Kiner OF 1949 116 54 127 310 432 658 4.572
80 Albert Pujols 1B 2009 124 47 135 327 443 658 4.572
81 Hal Trosky 1B 1936 124 42 162 343 382 644 4.565
82 Frank Robinson OF 1962 134 39 136 342 421 624 4.564
83 Willie Mays OF 1954 119 41 110 345 411 667 4.563
84 Chuck Klein OF 1932 152 38 137 348 404 646 4.562
85 George Foster OF 1977 124 52 149 320 382 631 4.560
86 Hack Wilson OF 1929 135 39 159 345 425 618 4.559
87 Willie Mays OF 1955 123 51 127 319 400 659 4.559
88 Barry Bonds OF 2000 129 49 106 306 440 688 4.558
89 Larry Walker Of 2001 107 38 123 350 449 662 4.558
90 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1930 127 37 156 335 429 637 4.557
91 Ryan Howard 1B 2006 104 58 149 313 425 659 4.557
92 Fred Lynn OF 1979 116 39 122 333 423 637 4.556
93 Todd Helton OF 2003 135 33 117 358 458 630 4.555
94 Al Simmons OF 1931 105 22 128 390 444 641 4.551
95 Frank Thomas 1B 1996 110 40 134 349 459 626 4.549
96 Sammy Sosa OF 1998 134 66 158 308 377 647 4.547
97 Jimmie Foxx 1B 1935 118 36 115 346 461 636 4.547
98    Rogers Hornsby OF 1921 131 21 126 397 458 639 4.547
99 Al Rosen 3B 1953 115 43 145 336 422 613 4.546
100 Albert Belle OF 1995 121 50 126 317 401 690 4.546

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