Wes Ferrell and Jimmie Foxx

Single Season Home Run Record By Pitchers

Wes Ferrell and Jimmie Foxx

Wes Ferrell (left) and Boston Red Sox first baseman Jimmie Foxx at Fenway Park in 1936. For his career, Ferrell had a .280 batting average and a .446 slugging percentage. He hit a total of 38 homers (one as a pinch hitter) and holds the big league record for HRs by a pitcher with 37. Photo courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection


Wes Ferrell holds an interesting record. While he was pitching with the Cleveland Indians in 1931, he slugged 9 home runs, the most by a pitcher in a single season since 1893.

In 1933, Ferrell recorded 7 home runs for 2nd place on this list, since tied by several others. Next to the Boston Red Sox’s Babe Ruth, Ferrell is considered the best power-hitting pitcher in the game’s history.