Most Hits And At-Bats By A Rookie

Ichiro

Ichiro Suzuki holds the Major League record for hits in a season by a rookie. He tallied 242 for Seattle in 2001. Lloyd Waner had previously held the record since 1927 with Pittsburgh with 223. Jimmy Williams is the only 19th century rookie on this list with 219 hits for the Pirates in 1899. A […]

Incredible Base Stealers

Max Carey

Max Carey, fine outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 1922, recorded a stolen base percentage of 96.2%, the only pre-1951 player to have a percentage of 92% or higher. That would make him the only one of 31 players to have a pre-1951 rating that high. In 1899, the Baltimore Orioles had a pair of […]

Single Season Outfield Assist Record

Chuck Klein

Chuck Klein, the strong-throwing right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, has the Major League record for assists by an outfielder in a single season (since 1893, the beginning of “modern-day” professional baseball). In 1930, Klein was credited with 44 assists from the outfield. The only outfielder with 50 assists in a season is the Chicago […]

Most Consecutive Stolen Bases

Vince Coleman

Vince Coleman over the course of approximately a year, in 1988 and 1989, stole 50 consecutive bases without being thrown out. In 2006 and 2007, Ichiro Suzuki stole 45 consecutive bases without being thrown out. These are the only two players who have reached this plateau of consecutive steals. Lou Brock achieved 50+ stolen bases […]

Flawless Catching

Flawless Catching

In 2003, St. Louis Cardinal catcher Mike Matheny did something that no other catcher has ever done. He went through an entire season (minimum 125 games) with no errors. Of the 16 top fielding seasons by catchers, 5 of them are by the Houston Astros’ defensive stalwart Brad Ausmus. No one else has even 2 […]

Most Consecutive Strikeouts In A Game

Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver, called “Tom Terrific” by the fans, holds the Major League record for the most consecutive strikeouts in a game with 10–the last of 19 Ks he recorded in a game on April 22nd, 1970. Several pitchers, since 1893, have had 8 consecutive strikeouts in a game, including Nolan Ryan–twice. While with the California […]

Four 20-game Winners In The Same Rotation

Four 20-game Winners

Only two teams have ever boasted four 20-game winners in the same season. In 1920, the Chicago White Sox had four 20-game winners with Red Faber (23-13), Lefty Williams (22-14), Dickie Kerr (21-9), and Eddie Cicotte (21-10). At the end of that season, Williams and Cicotte were banned for life by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis […]

Most Wild Pitches In A Season

Most Wild Pitches - Red Ames

Red Ames of the New York Giants has an interesting Major League record. In 1905, he was charged with 30 wild pitches, the most wild pitches in a season since 1893. Tony Mullane, a notorious “head hunter”, was charged with 29 Wild Pitches in 1893. Mullane was a talented pitcher, but had what some called […]

The 30 Game Winners? How About 50?

Old Hoss Radbourn

What’s more exceptional than 30 game winners? Fifty game winners. Charley “Hoss” Radbourn is one of only three pitchers to ever win 50+ games in a season. In 1884, the year that overhand pitching became legal, Radbourn tallied 59 wins for Providence of the National League. Another Hall of Famer, John Clarkson, in 1885, chalked […]

MLB Record For Shutouts In A Season

Grover Cleveland Alexander

Grover Cleveland Alexander, the only 4-time winner of pitching’s Triple Crown (Wins, Ks, and ERA), holds the Major League record for shutouts in a season, since 1893, with 16 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1916. Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics (1910) and Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals (1968) recorded 13 shutouts apiece. […]