Ted Williams

Most RBIs In A Season By A Rookie

Ted Williams

“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.”Ted Williams in the 2006 ESPN Baseball Encyclopedia (Pete Palmer, Sterling Publishers)

The record for most RBIs in a season by a rookie is held by the iconic Ted Williams (Red Sox) in 1939 with 145.

Second on this list of rookie RBI seasons is another Red Sox player, Walt Dropo, who chalked up 144 RBIs in 1950.

Only 4 other rookies have ever tallied over 100 RBIs in their rookie campaigns: Hal Trosky in 1934, Cleveland, 142; Dale Alexander in 1929, Detroit, 137; Albert Pujols in 2001, St. Louis, 130; and “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio in 1936, Yankees, 125.