List of Major League Baseball record holders

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In Major League Baseball (MLB), records play an integral part in evaluating a player's impact on the sport. Holding a career record almost guarantees a player eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame because it represents both longevity and consistency over a long period of time.

Batting records (1876–present)[edit]

Career[edit]

Babe Ruth (left) holds the record for highest slugging percentage, OPS and runs created, while Ty Cobb (right) holds the records for highest batting average and most steals of home.
Barry Bonds holds the most hitting records with ten, most notably the career home run and single-season home run records.
Ichiro Suzuki collected 262 hits in 2004, breaking George Sisler's 84-year-old record for most hits in a season.
Record 4.00Player#Refs
Highest batting averageTy Cobb.366[1]
Most singlesPete Rose3,215[2]
Most doublesTris Speaker792[3]
Most triplesSam Crawford309[4]
Most home runsBarry Bonds762[5]
Most home run by pitchersWes Ferrell38
Most RBIsHank Aaron2,297[6]
Most hitsPete Rose4,256[7]
Most runs scoredRickey Henderson2,295[8]
Highest on-base percentageTed Williams.482[9]
Most stolen basesRickey Henderson1,406[10]
Most steals of homeTy Cobb54[11]
Highest slugging percentageBabe Ruth.690[12]
Highest OPSBabe Ruth1.164[13]
Most walksBarry Bonds2,558[14]
Most intentional walksBarry Bonds688[15]
Most strikeoutsReggie Jackson2,597[16]
Most at-batsPete Rose14,053[17]
Most total basesHank Aaron6,856[18]
Most runs createdBarry Bonds2,892[19]
Most games playedPete Rose3,562[20]

Single-season[edit]

RecordPlayer#SeasonRefs
Highest batting averageHugh Duffy.4401894[21]
Most doublesEarl Webb671931[22]
Most triplesChief Wilson361912[23]
Most home runsBarry Bonds732001[24]
Most runs batted inHack Wilson1911930[25]
Most hitsIchiro Suzuki2622004[26]
Most runs scoredBilly Hamilton1981894[27]
Highest on-base percentageBarry Bonds.6092004[28]
Most stolen bases[a]Hugh Nicol
Rickey Henderson
138
130
1887
1982
[29]
Highest slugging percentageBarry Bonds.8632001[30]
Highest OPSBarry Bonds1.4222004[31]
Most walksBarry Bonds2322004[32]
Most extra base hitsBabe Ruth1191921[33]
Most strikeoutsMark Reynolds2232009[34]
Most total basesBabe Ruth4571921[35]
Consecutive game hitting streakJoe DiMaggio561941
Most at-batsJimmy Rollins7162007[36]

Pitching records (1876–present)[edit]

Career[edit]

Cy Young, the Major League record holder for most career wins, losses, innings pitched, and complete games.
RecordPlayer#
Most winsCy Young511
Most lossesCy Young316
Lowest E.R.A.Ed Walsh1.82
Most no-hittersNolan Ryan7
Most strikeoutsNolan Ryan5,714
Most shutoutsWalter Johnson110
Most pickoffsSteve Carlton144
Most innings pitchedCy Young7,354⅔
Most hit batsmenWillis Teegarden278
Most home runs allowedJamie Moyer522
Most complete gamesCy Young749
Lowest WHIPAddie Joss.968
Most savesMariano Rivera652
Highest win–loss percentageSpud Chandler71.7%
Most gamesJesse Orosco1,252
Most consecutive scoreless innings pitchedOrel Hershiser59[b]

Live-ball era (1920–present)[edit]

(if different from overall records)

RecordPlayer#
Most winsWarren Spahn363
Most lossesNolan Ryan292
Lowest earned-run averageMariano Rivera (overall)
Clayton Kershaw (starting pitchers)
2.21
2.60
Most shutoutsWarren Spahn63
Most innings pitchedPhil Niekro5,404⅓
Most complete gamesWarren Spahn382
Lowest WHIPMariano Rivera (overall)
Pedro Martínez (starting pitchers)
1.004
1.054

Single season[edit]

RecordPlayer#Season
Most winsOld Hoss Radbourn591884
Most lossesJohn Coleman481883
Lowest E.R.A.Fernando Rodney0.602012
Most strikeoutsMatt Kilroy5131886
Most shutoutsGeorge Bradley
Pete Alexander
161876
1916
Most innings pitchedWill White6801879
Most complete gamesWill White751879
Lowest WHIPPedro Martínez.73732000
Most savesFrancisco Rodríguez622008
Highest win/loss percentageRoy Face94.7%1959
Most hits allowedJohn Coleman7721883
Most earned runs allowedJohn Coleman2911883

Live-ball era (1920–present)[edit]

(if different from all-time records)

RecordPlayer#Season
Most winsJim Bagby, Sr.
Lefty Grove
Denny McLain
311920
1931
1968
Most lossesPaul Derringer271933
Lowest earned-run averageFernando Rodney (overall)

Bob Gibson (starting)

0.60

1.12

2012

1968

Most strikeoutsNolan Ryan3831973
Most shutoutsBob Gibson131968
Most innings pitchedMickey Lolich3761971
Most complete gamesBob Feller361946
Most hits allowedGeorge Uhle3781923
Most earned runs allowedBobo Newsom1861938

Hitting records: single game (1876–present)[edit]

Shawn Green, the Major League record holder for most total bases in a nine-inning game: 19 (4 home runs, a double and a single).

Pitching records: single game (1876–present)[edit]

Catcher records: career[edit]

Other records[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Prior to 1898, a player was credited with a stolen base if he took an extra base on a base hit by another player. For example, a baserunner is on first base and the batter singles to right field. If the baserunner reaches second base, then proceeds to take third, he would be credited with a stolen base. The single-season record under modern rules is 130 by Rickey Henderson in 1982.
  2. ^ Even though Hershiser's 59 consecutive scoreless innings occurred completely within the 1988 season, other pitchers have had streaks spanning more than one season. Thus, it is necessary to put the record over a career.
  3. ^ Randy Johnson pitched 20 strikeouts working 9 innings in an 11-inning game. Since the game went over 9 innings, his performance is not officially considered a record[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Cobb
  2. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Singles". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Doubles". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Triples". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Home Runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Runs Batted In". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Hits". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Runs Scored". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for On-Base%". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Stolen Bases". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  11. ^ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ty_Cobb
  12. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Slugging %". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for On-Base Plus Slugging". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Bases on Balls". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Intentional Bases on Balls". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Strikeouts". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for At Bats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Total Bases". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Runs Created". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Games Played". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Batting Average". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Doubles". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Triples". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Home Runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  25. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Runs Batted In". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Hits". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Runs Scored". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  28. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for On-Base%". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  29. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Stolen Bases". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Slugging %". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  31. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for On-Base Plus Slugging". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  32. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Bases on Balls". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  33. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Intentional Bases on Balls". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  34. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Strikeouts". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for Total Bases". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  36. ^ "Single-Season Leaders & Records for At Bats". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  37. ^ Records for hits at baseball-almanac.com
  38. ^ "Strikeout Records by Pitchers including Career Strikeouts, Single Season Strikeouts and Strikeouts in a Game Records, by Baseball Almanac". 

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