Most Hits And At-Bats By A Rookie


“There’s nobody like Ichiro in either league—now or ever. He exists strictly within his own world, playing a game 100 percent unfamiliar to everyone else. The game has known plenty of ‘slap’ hitters, but none who sacrifice so much natural ability for the sake of the art.” – Bruce Jenkins in The San Francisco Chronicle (July 28, 2004)

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 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.