Most Hits And At-Bats By A Rookie
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 note: Johnny Frederick is the only rookie to ever slug 50+ doubles in a first season. In 1929 for Brooklyn, he chalked up 52 doubles. Fred Lynn (Boston, 1975), Albert Pujols (St. Louis, 2001), and Ryan Zimmerman (Washington, 2006) each scored 47 doubles as rookies.
Most Rookie At-Bats
The only rookie in Major League history to have over 700 at-bats in his first season is the Phillies’ Juan Samuel who chalked up 701 ABs in 1984.
Second all time is Ichiro Suzuki who in 2001 with Seattle achieved 692 at-bats. Nomar Garciaparra is third with 684 at-bats while with Boston in 1997.
The highest pre-WW II number of rookie ABs is by the Indians’ Carl Lind in 1928 with 650.