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.

  • Michael

    There have actually been 41 players with 100+ RBI in their rookie season. Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire did it in consecutive years for the A’s (117 and 118) en route to back-to-back ROY award. Four rookies reached the mark in 1938 alone. The most recent rookie to drive in 100+ was Ryan Zimmerman in 2006, but Jose Abreu should claim that title by the end of the month…

  • John Campbell

    Wally joyner and alvin davis also drove in 100 rbi in their rookie seasons.

  • http://911dj.com/ Greg

    Keep an eye on rookie Aaron Judge. The Yankee could break both home run and rbi records for a rookie. As of June 18th he’s got 23 homers and 53 rbi. 95 games left in the season.

    • James

      Great call with the Judge.