2021 MLB Stat Leaders
Batting Leaders Across the Board in Major League Baseball
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Pitching Leaders Across the Board in Major League Baseball
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All-Time MLB Home Runs List
With 762 home runs, Barry Bonds is the all-time leader in the major leagues. It’s one of the most prestigious, yet divisive, records in all of sports, and it’s still going strong. However, many baseball purists still regard Hank Aaron to be the actual “Home Run King,” despite the fact that Barry Bonds officially has more home runs than any other player in baseball history. No matter if you are willing to overlook some players’ suspected use of performance-enhancing drugs in the late ’90s and early ’00s, which resulted in some incredible home run totals, there is no doubt that every player on this list will long occupy a unique position in baseball history.
1. Barry Bonds – 762 home runs
He is the all-time leader in home runs for a career (762) and for a single season (48). Bonds, who is not in the Hall of Fame, is also the most valuable player in baseball history (73 in 2001). The seven-time MVP is also the all-time leader in walks (2,558) and has been the league’s top on-base percentage hitter on ten occasions during his career.
2. Hank Aaron – 755 home runs
Hammerin’ Hank hit 755 home runs in his career, never exceeding 50 in a single season and just four times finishing first in the Major League Baseball home run standings. The Alabama native was a picture of consistency, as he smashed at least 40 bombs in a season eight times, with a season high of 47 bombs in 1971.
3. Babe Ruth – 714 home runs
In a 14-year span from 1918 to 1931, the Sultan of Swat was by far the finest power hitter of his day, topping the majors in home runs 12 times during that span. Perhaps the most telling statistic about his domination is as follows: During the 1920 season, he hit 54 home runs, which was a single-season record at the time, more than the combined totals of the other 15 major league clubs.
4. Alex Rodriguez – 696 home runs
In addition to being a contentious character on this list, A-Rod experienced an outstanding mid-career surge in which he averaged 46 home runs per season during a nine-year span from 1999 to 2007. He had 613 home runs at the completion of the 2010 season (although still just 35 years old), but he only achieved 83 more because of injuries and suspensions throughout the next season.
5. Albert Pujols* – 677 home runs
As yet another divisive character on our list, A-Rod experienced an unbelievable mid-career stretch during which he averaged 46 home runs per season during a nine-year span from 1999 to 2007. Despite having 613 home runs at the end of the 2010 season (although still just 35 years old), owing to injuries and suspension, only 83 more were hit by him this season.
6. Willie Mays – 660 home runs
Mays is widely regarded as one of the finest all-around players in the history of the game.
He is a member of the Hall of Fame. In addition to hitting 660 home runs, he stole 338 bases (while leading the league in base stealers for four consecutive seasons from 1956 to 1959), scored 2,062 runs, and amassed 3,283 hits over his 16-year career.
7. Ken Griffey Jr. – 630 home runs
Rarely has a player experienced a five-year run as successful as Griffey’s from 1996 to 2000, during which time he averaged 50 home runs and 137 RBIs each season while batting. 290 points and a slugging average of 604 points While it looked like he might be on the verge of breaking the all-time record, he failed to hit 30 in a single season during his remaining six seasons in Major League Baseball.
8. Jim Thome — 612 home runs
The Indians, Phillies, and White Sox all benefited from Thome’s power bat during the late 1990s to mid-2000s. Although he is perhaps the least well-known player on our list, he was a formidable force for the teams during that time. He had a fantastic season in Cleveland in 2007, when he hit 52 home runs and led the league in slugging (.677) and on-base percentage (OPS) (1.122).
9. Sammy Sosa – 609 home runs
The Indians, Phillies, and White Sox all benefited from Thome’s power bat during the late 1990s to mid-2000s. Although he is maybe the least well-known player on our list, he was a vital part of their success. With the Cleveland Indians, he had a monster season in 2007, hitting 52 home runs and leading the league in slugging (.677) and on-base percentage (.831). (1.122).
10. Frank Robinson – 586 home runs
At age 20, Robinson became a major leaguer with the Cincinnati Reds, hitting 38 home runs and driving in a league-high 122 runs as a rookie. Robinson retired from baseball after the 1956 season. His power hitting continued to be among the best in the game for the following 15 years, albeit he only led the league in home runs on one occasion during that time (49 in 1966).
11. Mark McGwire – 583 home runs
Because of his probable participation with drugs, McGwire’s home run exploits may never be completely understood by the majority of baseball fans, but his stats are really remarkable. With 70 home runs in 1998, he shattered Roger Maris’ single-season home run record, and he backed it up with another 65 the next season. Three times, he hit at least 58 home runs in a season.
12. Harmon Killebrew – 573 home runs
Killebrew was a classic slugger who struck out a lot and never had a high batting average. During a 12-year span in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he hit at least 40 home runs on eight different occasions. Killer’s 393 home runs in the 1960s were the most by any player in the era.
13. Rafael Palmeiro – 569 home runs
Palmeiro, the third player on this list to be affiliated with the drug era, averaged 41 home runs and 121 RBIs each season from 1995 to 2003 while playing for Baltimore (four years) and Texas (four years) (five years). In his first season in Texas, he hit.324 with 47 home runs and 148 RBIs, stats that were comparable to those of a triple crown winner.
14. Reggie Jackson – 563 home runs
Mr. October was most known for his playoff exploits, but he was also a productive player from April through September, hitting 30 or more home runs seven seasons over a 21-year career that included appearances with the A’s (twice), Orioles, Yankees, and Angels, among other teams.
15. Manny Ramirez – 555 home runs
During his peak, Ramirez was regarded as one of the most fearsome hitters in baseball.
From 1998 through 2008, the mysterious slugger had a successful career. 318 hits a season, with an average of 38 home runs, 123 RBIs, and 101 runs scored. He was an integral part of the Red Sox’s unforgettable 2004 World Series championship squad.
16. Mike Schmidt – 548 home runs
Schmidt, who is widely regarded as the greatest third baseman in history, led the National League in home runs eight times during a 15-year period. He spent his whole 18-year career with the Phillies, and he was voted the National League MVP on three separate times.
17. David Ortiz – 541 home runs
“Big Papi” was a late bloomer who didn’t break out as a major-league power hitter until his late 20s, when he was signed by the Red Sox following an unremarkable six-year stint with the Minnesota Twins. Ortiz led the league in home runs with 54 in 2006, and he will be recognized as one of the most beloved Red Sox players of all time when his career comes to a close.
18. Mickey Mantle – 536 home runs
Few players were as good as the Mick when he was at his peak – sadly, that peak only lasted around 10 years, owing in large part to injuries. During a six-year span (1955-60), he led the American League in home runs four times and hit a career-high 54 in 1961, when he finished second to teammate Roger Maris in the category (61).
19. Jimmie Foxx – 534 home runs
Foxx is perhaps one of the most unappreciated sluggers in the history of the game. When he hit a combined 106 home runs with 332 RBIs in 1932-33, he slugged an incredible.726 with a 1.186 on-base percentage, he was undoubtedly the best player not named Babe Ruth in the history of the game (excluding Babe Ruth).
20t. Willie McCovey – 521 home runs
Throughout the 1960s, McCovey was regarded as one of the game’s top first basemen. He was the league’s leading home run hitter three times, with his best season coming in 1969, when he hit.320 with 45 home runs and 126 RBIs to win the MVP award.
20t. Frank Thomas – 521 home runs
The Big Hurt hit at least 40 home runs in five different seasons, yet he never finished first in the league in any of those seasons. During his 19-year career, he was more than just a power hitter; he was also an on-base monster, leading the league in walks and on-base percentage four times during his tenure with the Mets.
20t. Ted Williams – 521 home runs
Williams, widely regarded as the greatest pure hitter in baseball history, put up some astounding numbers over his first ten seasons in the majors, despite the fact that he was absent for three seasons while serving in the military. The following are some of his most notable accomplishments: he has hit for the Triple Crown twice, has led the league in runs scored for five consecutive seasons (during which he has played), has led the league in walks eight times, and is the all-time leader in on-base percentage in the major leagues (.482).
23t. Ernie Banks – 512 home runs
When it came to baseball in the late 1950s, Banks was perhaps the finest player in the game, collecting back-to-back National League MVP Awards in 1958 and 1959 while playing the difficult position of shortstop. During that span, he hit a total of 92 home runs and drove in a total of 272 runs while leading the league in games played in both seasons.
23t. Eddie Mathews – 512 home runs
With his outstanding play at shortstop throughout the late 1950s, he was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player on two separate occasions in 1958 and 1959.
Banks was also the most valuable player in the game during that period. While leading the league in games played in both seasons, he hit a combined 92 home runs and drove in 272 runs throughout that span.
25. Mel Ott – 511 home runs
There were only two players in the 1930s who hit more home runs than Ott (308), and they were Jimmie Foxx (415) and Lou Gehrig (347). Despite never hitting more than 38 home runs in a season, he was the best in the league five times throughout that decade (though he did hit 42 in 1929). *Player who is still active, with statistics up to and including August 22, 2021.
Home Runs Leaders Year-by-Year
Most of us remember who led the league in home runs in 1961, and few of us will ever forget who led the league in home runs in 1998. A few more people can tell you who led the league in home runs in 1920, but after that, we tend to forget who the home run leaders were. For the first time ever, Baseball Almanac is proud to publish a year-by-year leaderboard of Major League home runs for every season dating back to 1876. Note: A boldfaced entry indicates that the player was a member of the active roster during the prior Major League season.
- Is it too simple?
- The “club” is comprised of three players: Hank Greenberg (1947, to the Pirates, who traded forRalph Kiner), Dick Allen (1974, to the Phillies, who traded forMike Schmidt), and Giancarlo Stanton (2001, to the Red Sox, who traded forRalph Kiner) (2017, to Yankees, who hadAaron Judge).
- Who holds the Major League record for the most consecutive seasons in which he has been the league’s leading home run hitter?
- Hundreds of other home run records may be found in our Record Books section.
This is each position’s top home run hitter
Throughout history, different jobs have been associated with varying levels of power expectations. When you look at the all-time home run leaders at each position on the diamond, you can see what I mean. For example, Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs throughout his career, but he isn’t the most valuable right fielder in the league now. Meanwhile, numerous players rank top in their respective positions despite having hit fewer than 450 home runs. You’ll discover the top home run hitters for each position listed below.
- Any player who spent at least two-thirds of his career in the outfield (regardless of the precise outfield position he played) was eligible for the position in the outfield where he spent the most of his time.
- Piazza had nine seasons in which he hit at least 30 home runs, more than double the number of any other catcher in the majors, and his personal best was 40, which he achieved twice (1997 and 1998), more than double the total of any other catcher.
- Piazza also hit 18 home runs as a designated hitter, eight home runs as a first baseman, and five home runs as a pinch hitter throughout his MLB career.
- Pujols, the sole active positional home run leader, with 679 home runs in 21 seasons in the Majors, which is the most in the Majors since Barry Bonds.
- Pujols, on the other hand, is second in the majors in terms of home runs hit by a first baseman (476), after only Mark McGwire (501).
- Pujols has smashed 105 home runs as a designated hitter, 64 as a left fielder, 24 as a third baseman, six as a right fielder, and four as a pinch hitter throughout his major league career.
- Jeff Kent is at second base with a 377 batting average.
Kent is in first place with 377 points, having achieved 20 or more points on 12 occasions.
Canó is a dynamic leader (334) Mike Schmidt is on third base with a 548 batting average.
He won his first MVP Award in 1980 after hitting a career-high 48 home runs.
Schmidt retired after his last season in 1989, having hit 548 home runs in his professional baseball career.
Apart from owning the record for the most continuous games played streak (2,632 games), Ripken is a member of the 3,000-hit club and has 431 home runs to his credit throughout his 21-year professional career.
Marcus Semien is a dynamic leader (160) Barry Bonds has 762 hits in left field.
The legendary slugger blasted 40 or more home runs eight times, including a single-season high of 73 in 2001, on his way to a career high of 762 home runs.
Justin Upton is a dynamic leader (324) Willie Mays (660) is the center fielder.
He hit 660 home runs in his 22-year career, which was the most by a center fielder at the time.
came dangerously close to reaching that number, but finally fell short, finishing with 630 points.
Two of the three batters in MLB history who have hit more than 700 home runs, Aaron and Babe Ruth, were right fielders who spent the most of their careers there.
Aaron finished his career with 755 long balls, which he held until Bonds eclipsed his total in 2007 to become the all-time leader.
Aaron hit 520 home runs in right field, 68 in left field, 64 in center field, 61 at first base, 22 as a designated hitter, six in second base, and three as a pinch hitter throughout his major league career.
While Edgar Martinez is the man most closely identified with the designated-hitter position, Ortiz is the guy with the most home runs in the position by a significant margin, according to Baseball Reference.
Ortiz became the first player in history to hit 500 home runs in 2015, and he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 2022 election cycle.
When he was younger, Ferrell was an above-average innings eater, averaging 266 frames a season from 1929 through 1937 while compiling a 123 ERA+ during that time period.
Ferrell (38 home runs) has a slim lead over Bob Lemon (37), Red Ruffing (36), Earl Wilson (35) and Warren Spahn (35) in the all-time home run list among pitchers (35). Madison Bumgarner is a dynamic leader (19)
Baseball’s 10 Most Memorable Home Runs
The expectation of power has varied historically according to the position held. Look at the all-time home run leaders for each position on the field and you’ll see what I’m saying. Even though Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs in his career, he is not the most valuable right fielder in the league. As a result of their low home run totals, numerous players rank first in their positions. The most prolific home run hitters at each position are listed below. In order to qualify as a position leader for the purposes of this narrative, a player must have played at least two-thirds of his games at that position.
- 427-year-old catcher Mike Piazza More than any other catcher, Piazza had nine seasons in which he hit at least 30 home runs, more than double the number of any other position player.
- Overall, the Hall of Fame backstop hit 427 home runs in 16 seasons, with 396 of those blasts coming while he was catching.
- Salvador Perez is a dynamic and effective leader (200) Albert Pujols has 679 hits at first base this season.
- The three-time MVP Award winner hit a grand slam against Ervin Santana in 2017 to become the ninth member of the 600-home run club, becoming the ninth player to do it.
- Juan Pujols is a dynamic leader.
- While playing at least two-thirds of his games at second base, Kent, Robinson Canó, and Rogers Hornsby are the only three players in baseball history to hit 300 or more home runs while doing so.
As a result of hitting.334 with 33 home runs, 125 RBIs, and an overall OPS of 1.021 in 2000, he was named National League MVP.
From 1970 through 1980, Schmidt dominated the National League, setting eight single-season home run records and won three MVP Awards during his career.
In 1987, he became the second third baseman in the club’s history to smash 500 roundtrippers, passing Eddie Mathews, who held the record.
Evan Longoria is a proactive leader (317) Cal Ripken Jr., shortstop, 431 games played Additionally, Ripken is a member of the 3,000-hit club and blasted 431 home runs throughout his 21-year MLB career, setting a new record for the most consecutive games played streak (2,632).
Semien, Marcus is a dynamic leader (160) Barry Bonds (762), left field No longer only is Bonds the most productive left fielder in the league, he is also the most productive player in baseball in general.
Manny Ramirez, with 555 home runs, is the next closest left fielder, followed by Ted Williams, who has 521 homers to his credit.
Only nine players have hit 50 or more home runs in a season more than once in their careers, and in 1969, Mays became the second player in Major League history to do so, joining Babe Ruth as the only other players to do so.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Mike Trout is an active leader (310) Hendricks, 755 (right field) In baseball history, just three players have hit more than 700 home runs, and two of them, Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth, spent the most of their careers playing right field.
Ruth held the record until 1920.
However, it is Sammy Sosa, not Hammerin’ Hank or the Great Bambino, who is the all-time leader in home runs while playing right field, with 538 to his credit.
Giancarlo Stanton is a dynamic and effective leader (347) DAVID ORTIZ (541) is the designated hitter.
For the decade between 2004 and 2006, Papi hit at least 30 homers in 10 separate seasons, including 41 or more in every season from 2004 to 2006 (including a career-high 54 in ’06).
Shohei Ohtani is an active leader (93) Wes Ferrell (38 years old) is the starting pitcher.
Ferrell’s career was cut short by the Great Depression in 1937.
Pitchers Bob Lemon (37 home runs), Red Ruffing (36 home runs), Earl Wilson (35) and Warren Spahn (35) are all within striking distance of Ferrell in the all-time home run race (35). Madison Bumgarner is a dynamic leader in the field of sport (19)
The Homer in the Gloamin’, 1938
When Gabby Hartnett hit her home run at Wrigley Field in the final week of the season, it was possible that it was the greatest home run no one had ever seen. Because of the advancing darkness following a late afternoon start, it was difficult for fans and even players to tell for certain that the ball had cleared the Wrigley Field wall, earning it the nickname “The Homer in the Gloamin’.” With two out and two strikes in the ninth inning of a tied ballgame against Pittsburgh, Hartnett’s shot capped a month-long rally by Chicago that saw it overtake a seven-game lead held by the Pirates, who were unable to recover emotionally in the final few games of the season.
Hartnett had taken over as manager of the Cubs midseason.
Bucky F***ing Dent, 1978
When most Boston Red Sox fans recall the moment the light-hitting veteran shortstop (40 home runs in 12 seasons) jumped one over Fenway Park’s Green Monster in a tie-breaking, 163rd game of the season, they recall a monumental Red Sox collapse at the hands of himself and the rampaging New York Yankees—who trailed the Red Sox by 14 games at one point during the season. On July 31, Dent’s three-run blast put the Yankees in command for good and propelled George Steinbrenner’s tenacious Bronx Bombers to their second consecutive World Series championship.
Touch ‘Em All, Joe, 1993
Joe Carter’s ninth-inning home run off Philadelphia closer Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams in Game Six of the World Series was one of just two walk-off home runs in World Series history, and it was the only one hit when the winning club was down. Carter bounced about so deliriously as he rounded the bases that he had to remember himself to settle down and touch each bag before reaching home plate as the sellout Skydome crowd erupted in raucous delight around him. Williams would be ruthlessly pursued by the famously harsh Phillie crowd for years to come, and he would never be the same on the mound after hitting the home run that handed Toronto its second straight world championship.
McGwire’s Moment, 1998
Mark McGwire’s lined bullet barely cleared the old Busch Stadium wall, in stark contrast to the tape-measure monsters he’d been launching all season, to break Roger Maris’ single-season home run record in 1994, was unquestionably the apex of the euphoria that followed the players’ strike and the subsequent revelations that almost every significant slugger in the late 1990s and early 2000s was on steroids.
McGwire celebrated by hoisting his son (a St. Louis Cardinal batboy), whooping it up with Sammy Sosa (who was following him for the record and in attendance with the opposition Chicago Cubs), and paying heartfelt respect to Maris’ grown-up children.
Stay Fair! Stay Fair! 1975
The instant replay of Carlton Fisk’s response to his game-winning home run down the left field line at Fenway Park, which ended the best World Series game ever, possibly (but that’s a different matter), helped immortalize Bobby Thomson’s infamous shot at the Polo Grounds. Despite the fact that the Red Sox lost Game Seven and the Series to Cincinnati the following night, the slow-motion footage of Fisk waving his arms in the air and commanding the ball to fly fair (it landed on the foul pole, which is unfair) is etched in the minds of all sports fans who grew up during the 1970s.
The Called Shot, 1932
Did he do it or didn’t he do it? Were those bleachers at Wrigley Field actually where Babe Ruth was aiming, or was he just having a conversation with Chicago pitcher Charlie Root in the middle of an angry World Series between the Cubs and the Yankees? It is the official position of this Great Game on the matter that Ruth did not warn the Cubs of the monstrous home run that he would launch on the next pitch, given that Ruth was reportedly taken by surprise and unprepared to brag when the media asked him whether he actually did warn the Cubs of the monstrous home run he would launch on the next pitch.
Hank Aaron’s 715th, 1974
On a Monday night in early April, an entire nation sat in front of their television sets to witness history as Aaron, who had been emotionally tortured by his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s career home run record, finally achieved his goal with a majestic blast off the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Al Downing in Atlanta. While Aaron’s 715th home run remains the canonical, honest record-breaker—and not Barry Bonds’ 756th home run in 2007—for many, it is not.
The Shot Heard ‘Round the World, 1951
With my selection of what many regard to be the best home run ever hit, I feel the level of disagreement has increased significantly. For sure, it is a memorable moment when the Giants’ Bobby Thomson hits a three-run home ball down the short left-field line of New York’s Polo Grounds to upset their archrival Brooklyn, 5-4, and win the National League pennant despite trailing the Dodgers by 13 games only seven weeks earlier. However, Thomson’s shot did not result in a World Series victory; the Giants went on to lose in six games to the Yankees—and, let’s face it, had it not been for a recording of Russ Hodges’ historic call (“The Giants win the pennant!
“) being repeated over and over again, the legend would not have grown as wide as it has.
Although Thomson denied it to the Wall Street Journal, it was said that he hemmed and hawed for a long time before ultimately offering his answer.
Roy Hobbs, er, Kirk Gibson, 1988
One moment in the history of the World Series, Gibson’s astonishing, impossible blast off dominating Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley to start the Fall Classic at Dodger Stadium, stands out as the one that did it for Gibson. While it wasn’t particularly remarkable that Gibson was able to connect, it was remarkable that he was able to hobble his way to the plate in the first place, since his gimpy knees had initially prevented him from participating in the series. Ken Burns’ Baseball has a fantastic first-person account of Gibson getting ready to bat by Bob Costas, who was working in the dugout for NBC throughout the series.
Gibson managed to get around the bases in what would turn out to be his lone at-bat of the series; the highly favored A’s were knocked out cold by Gibson’s home run and never recovered, losing the series to the Dodgers in five games.
One moment in the history of the World Series, Gibson’s astonishing, impossible blast off dominating Oakland closer Dennis Eckersley to start the Fall Classic at Dodger Stadium, stands out as the one that did it for him. After his gimpy knees had initially ruled him out of the series, it wasn’t so much that Gibson was able to connect that it was remarkable. What was remarkable was that he managed to hobble his way up to the plate in the first place. Ken Burns’ Baseball features a fantastic first-person account of Gibson getting ready to bat by Bob Costas, who was working in the dugout for NBC at the time.) It was Gibson’s first at-bat of the series, and the massively favored A’s were so knocked out of the game by Gibson’s home run that they were unable to get back on their feet and lost the series in five games to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Bonus Material: The Runners-Up
Before settling on the ultimate top 10, I gave serious attention to the following ten other home runs of renown, and I determined that they were each deserving of an honorable mention (in chronological order): It was Harry Hooper’s second of two “ground rule homers” hit in the last game of the 1915 World Series that secured a World Series championship for the Boston Red Sox. Babe Ruth’s 714th and final home run (in 1935, for the Boston Braves), the last of three hits that day at Pittsburgh’s Forbes Field—and the first ever to clear the upper deck roof behind right field; Babe Ruth’s 714th and final home run (in 1935, for the Boston Braves); Babe Ruth’s 714th and final home run (in 1935, for the Boston Braves); Babe Ruth’s 714th and final home run (in 1935, The 1945 grand slam by Detroit’s Hank Greenberg, who had just returned from World War II duty, on the final day of the season to help the Tigers win the American League pennant; When Mickey Mantle blasted a 565-foot home run against the Washington Senators in 1953, it was widely regarded as the biggest home run ever hit (and measured) in major league history.
Ted Williams’ home run in his final major league at-bat in 1960; Roger Maris’ 61st long ball to break Babe Ruth’s season record, despite doubts that he would need more than 154 games to do so; Ted Williams’ home run in his final major league at-bat in 1960; Ted Williams’ home run in his final major league at-bat in 1960; Ted Williams’ home run in his final major league at-bat in 1960; Ted Williams’ home run in his final major league at This is Reggie Jackson’s third home run in the 1977 World Series, a monster blast that easily cleared the Yankee Stadium center field fence from a distance of more than a mile away.
Among the most memorable are Dave Henderson’s game-winning home run in the 1986 ALCS against California (which also marked the beginning of the end for Angels closer Donnie Moore, who committed suicide three years later); Derek Jeter’s game-winning home run in the 1996 ALCS against Baltimore, which was aided by an over-the-wall grab by 12-year-old fan Jeffrey Meier and a blown ruling by umpire Richie Garcia; and Barry Bonds’ 73rd home run of
Most Home Runs in One Season?45 or More
|73||Barry Bonds, San Francisco (N.L.)||2001|
|70||Mark McGwire, St. Louis (N.L.)||1998|
|66||Sammy Sosa, Chicago (N.L.)||1998|
|65||Mark McGwire, St. Louis (N.L.)||1999|
|64||Sammy Sosa, Chicago (N.L.)||2001|
|63||Sammy Sosa, Chicago (N.L.)||1999|
|61||Roger Maris, New York (A.L.)||1961|
|60||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1927|
|59||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1921|
|58||Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia (A.L.)||1932|
|58||Hank Greenberg, Detroit (A.L.)||1938|
|58||Mark McGwire, Oakland (A.L.), St. Louis (N.L.)||1997|
|58||Ryan Howard, Philadelphia (N.L.)||2006|
|57||Luis Gonzalez. Arizona (N.L.)||2001|
|57||Alex Rodriguez, Texas (A.L.)||2002|
|56||Hack Wilson, Chicago (N.L.)||1930|
|56||Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle (A.L.)||1997|
|56||Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle (A.L.)||1998|
|54||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1920|
|54||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1928|
|54||Ralph Kiner, Pittsburgh (N.L.)||1949|
|54||Mickey Mantle, New York (A.L.)||1961|
|54||David Ortiz, Boston (A.L.)||2006|
|52||Mickey Mantle, New York (A.L.)||1956|
|52||Willie Mays, San Francisco (N.L.)||1965|
|52||George Foster, Cincinnati (N.L.)||1977|
|52||Mark McGwire, Oakland (A.L.)||1996|
|52||Alex Rodriguez, Texas (A.L.)||2001|
|52||Jim Thome, Cleveland (A.L.)||2002|
|51||Ralph Kiner, Pittsburgh (N.L.)||1947|
|51||John Mize, New York (N.L.)||1947|
|51||Willie Mays, New York (N.L.)||1955|
|51||Cecil Fielder (A.L.)||1990|
|51||Andruw Jones, Atlanta (N.L.)||2005|
|50||Jimmie Foxx, Boston (A.L.)||1938|
|50||Albert Belle, Cleveland (A.L.)||1995|
|50||Brady Anderson, Baltimore (A.L.)||1996|
|50||Sammy Sosa, Chicago (N.L.)||2000|
|50||Greg Vaughn, San Diego (N.L.)||1998|
|49||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1930|
|49||Lou Gehrig, New York (A.L.)||1934|
|49||Lou Gehrig, New York (A.L.)||1936|
|49||Ted Kluszewski, Cincinnati (N.L.)||1954|
|49||Willie Mays, San Francisco (N.L.)||1962|
|49||Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota (A.L.)||1964|
|49||Frank Robinson, Baltimore (A.L.)||1966|
|49||Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota (A.L.)||1969|
|49||Mark McGwire, Oakland (A.L.)||1987|
|49||Andre Dawson, Chicago (N.L.)||1987|
|49||Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle (A.L.)||1996|
|49||Larry Walker, Colorado (N.L.)||1997|
|49||Albert Belle, Chicago (A.L.)||1998|
|49||Barry Bonds, San Francisco (N.L.)||2000|
|49||Shawn Green, Los Angeles (N.L.)||2001|
|49||Todd Helton, Colorado (N.L.)||2001|
|49||Jim Thome, Cleveland (A.L.)||2001|
|49||Sammy Sosa, Chicago (N.L.)||2002|
|49||Albert Pujols, St. Louis (N.L.)||2006|
|48||Jimmie Foxx, Philadelphia (A.L.)||1933|
|48||Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota (A.L.)||1962|
|48||Frank Howard, Washington (A.L.)||1969|
|48||Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh (N.L.)||1971|
|48||Dave Kingman, Chicago (N.L.)||1979|
|48||Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia (N.L.)||1980|
|48||Albert Belle, Cleveland (A.L.)||1996|
|48||Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle (A.L.)||1999|
|48||Adrian Beltre, Los Angeles (N.L.)||2004|
|48||Alex Rodriguez, New York (A.L.)||2005|
|47||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1926|
|47||Ralph Kiner, Pittsburgh (N.L.)||1950|
|47||Ed Mathews, Milwaukee (N.L.)||1953|
|47||Ernie Banks, Chicago (N.L.)||1958|
|47||Willie Mays, San Francisco (N.L.)||1964|
|47||Hank Aaron, Atlanta (N.L.)||1971|
|47||Reggie Jackson, Oakland (A.L.)||1969|
|47||George Bell, Toronto (A.L.)||1987|
|47||Kevin Mitchell, San Francisco (N.L.)||1989|
|47||Andres Galarraga, Colorado (N.L.)||1996|
|47||Juan Gonzalez, Texas (A.L.)||1996|
|47||Rafael Palmeiro, Texas (A.L.)||1999|
|47||Jeff Bagwell, Houston (N.L.)||2000|
|47||Troy Glaus, Anaheim (A.L.)||2000|
|47||Rafael Palmeiro, Texas (A.L.)||2001|
|47||Alex Rodriguez, Texas (A.L.)||2003|
|47||Jim Thome, Philadelphia (N.L.)||2003|
|47||Albert Pujols, St. Louis (N.L.)||2004|
|47||David Ortiz, Boston (A.L.)||2005|
|46||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1924|
|46||Babe Ruth, New York, (A.L.)||1929|
|46||Babe Ruth, New York (A.L.)||1931|
|46||Lou Gehrig, New York (A.L.)||1931|
|46||Joe DiMaggio, New York (A.L.)||1937|
|46||Ed Mathews, Milwaukee (N.L.)||1959|
|46||Orlando Cepeda, San Francisco (N.L.)||1961|
|46||Jim Rice, Boston (A.L.)||1978|
|46||Juan Gonzalez, Texas (A.L.)||1993|
|46||Barry Bonds, San Francisco (N.L.)||1993|
|46||Jose Canseco, Toronto (A.L.)||1998|
|46||Vinnie Castilla, Colorado (N.L.)||1998|
|46||Barry Bonds, San Francisco (N.L.)||2002|
|46||Adam Dunn, Cincinnati (N.L.)||2004|
|46||Derrek Lee, Chicago (N.L.)||2005|
|46||Alfonso Soriano, Washington (N.L.)||2006|
|45||Ernie Banks, Chicago (N.L.)||1959|
|45||Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota (A.L.)||1963|
|45||Willie McCovey, San Francisco (N.L.)||1969|
|45||Johnny Bench, Cincinnati (N.L.)||1970|
|45||Gorman Thomas, Milwaukee (A.L.)||1979|
|45||Hank Aaron, Milwaukee (N.L.)||1962|
|45||Ken Griffey, Jr., Seattle (A.L.)||1993|
|45||Juan Gonzalez, Texas (A.L.)||1998|
|45||Manny Ramirez, Cleveland (A.L.)||1998|
|45||Chipper Jones, Atlanta (N.L.)||1999|
|45||Greg Vaughn, Cincinnati (N.L.)||1999|
|45||Barry Bonds, San Francisco (N.L.)||2003|
|45||Richie Sexson, Milwaukee (N.L.)||2003|
|45||Barry Bonds, San Francisco (N.L.)||2004|
|45||Manny Ramirez, Boston (A.L.)||2005|
|45||Lance Berkman, Houston (N.L.)||2006|
Individual All-Time Hitting Leaders in Major League Baseball Baseball Concluding Remarks The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
- Individual Major League Hitting Records Throughout History a brief summary of the sport of baseball Baseball’s National Hall of Fame was established in 1988.
- Insabermetrics is the term used to describe early analytic endeavors. … He finally came up with his own (usually accurate) numbers for singles, doubles, triples, and home runs, which he used as a starting point for his research. When Lane served as editor of Baseball Magazine for 26 years, he was known for publishing pieces that questioned conventional thinking about baseball statistics on a consistent basis. More information may be found here.
- In the words of Hank Aaron. Aaron had hit 398 home runs by the time he turned 30 in 1965. On April 8, 1974, in Atlanta, he hit his 715th home run, shattering Babe Ruth’s previous record, which had held since 1935. After the 1974 season, Aaron was moved to the Milwaukee Brewers, who were then playing in the American League and acquired Aaron in the process. Aaron left his position as a result of the. More information may be found here.
- With 73 home runs, Barry Bonds broke Mark McGwire’s 1998 season record of 70 home runs on October 5, shattering the mark set by McGwire in 1998. It was speculated that Bonds may have used performance-enhancing drugs when Bond’s personal trainer pled guilty to distribution of prohibited steroids in 2005, leading to conjecture that Bonds himself had used the drugs
- Nevertheless, Bonds testified before a grand jury in. More information may be found here.
- From 1961 through 1998, Roger Maris had the most home runs in a single season with 61, which was the greatest number ever recorded in the big leagues. Because Maris accomplished this milestone inside a 162-game calendar, baseball commissioner Ford C. Frick ruled that Maris had not surpassed Babe Ruth’s record of 60 home runs (which was set over a 162-game schedule in 1935). Inbaseball: Records and Statistics. … fans rather than the number of home runs Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record (60 in 1927) held for 33 seasons until it was surpassed by Roger Maris in the 1961 season (with 61 home runs in 1961). The fact that Josh Gibson is credited with hitting 89 home runs in a single season should be mentioned. More information may be found here.
- In Best McGwire.broke Roger Maris’s major league record for the most home runs in a season (61), setting a new mark of 70. Researcher’s Note: The troublesome single-season home run record in baseball is depicted below. More information may be found here.
- The New York Yankees are named after Babe Ruth. That season, he hit 60 home runs, setting a record that stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961 (see alsoResearcher’s Note: Baseball’s dubious single-season home run record for further information). Ruth and Lou Gehrig joined forces the next season to establish the greatest home run hitting combo in baseball history. Ruth and Gehrig were baseball legends. More information may be found here.
- Sammy Sosa became the only player in baseball history to hit 60 home runs in two seasons. More information may be found here.
- Ford Frick is a. Ruth’s single-season home run record of 60 in a 154-game season and Roger Maris’ single-season home run record of 61 in a 162-game season are both held by the Yankees. In 1970, Frick was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. More information may be found here.
Andy Marlin is a sports reporter for USA TODAY Sports. What is the record for the longest home run ever hit in Major League Baseball history? Because to the advent of StatCast tracking in Major League Baseball, it is now easier than ever to estimate the distance traveled by home runs currently being hit. However, even at a period in which New York Yankees stars Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge are blasting bombs, they fall short of the record for the longest home run in Major League Baseball history.
When Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Josh Gibson batted baseballs, they did not benefit from technology that tracked how far they hit the ball.
Let’s take a look at the finest moonshots in Major League Baseball history, as well as the farthest home run ever hit.
Longest home run ever hit
To anybody who knows baseball, it should come as no surprise that the records for the farthest home run ever hit in the sport are a bit shaky. MLB history is replete with accounts of absolutely monster blasts, which we’ll go through in more detail below. However, the record for the longest home run ever recorded occurred during a Triple-A baseball game. Mile High Stadium was the site of the Denver Zephyrs’ game against the Buffalo Bisons on June 2, 1987. Joey Meyer shot a soaring home run that went an astounding 582 feet and is the longest home run ever captured on television, aided by the thin air, much like baseballs hit out of Coors Field today.
Joey Meyer, while playing for the Triple-A Denver Zephyrs in 1987, blasted this ball an incredible 582 feet into the air!
Despite the fact that Meyer officially owns the verifiable record for the furthest home run ever hit, a glance into MLB’s record books and archives reveals that a number of Hall of Famers delivered great moments that we were never able to see.
Longest MLB home runs
Baltimore, Maryland, United States; March 26, 2020; On what was meant to be opening day between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park in Camden Yards, a fan snaps a snapshot of the Babe Ruth monument outside the main entrance gate, according to the Baltimore Sun. Recognized Photographer: Evan Habeeb/USA TODAY Sports If you look up the record for the longest home run ever hit, you’ll see the names Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth, both of whom played for the New York Yankees.
Some of those who took part in the game, however, are skeptical of those assertions. We’ll take a look at some of the farthest home runs ever hit in Major League Baseball history, both recorded and speculated, in the sections below.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins outfielder – 504 feet, Coors Field
There’s no denying that Stanton is the finest power hitter in Major League Baseball right now. Neither in terms of average home run distance, nor in terms of maximum exit velocity, he outdistances and outstrips everyone else in baseball. What is the longest home run that Giancarlo Stanton has ever hit in his career? It happened with the Miami Marlins in 2016, and it happened at Coors Field, which seemed fitting. If the Major League Baseball makes adjustments to the baseballs and the regulations are altered in a way that favors batters more, Stanton may surpass this milestone in 2022.
Nomar Mazara, Texas Rangers outfielder – 505 feet, Globe Life Park
Nomar Mazara, who was once considered one of the best prospects in baseball, hasn’t exactly lived up to the expectations. Mazara’s prospects of making an impact in the Major League Baseball are likely ended after being released by the Detroit Tigers in July. But it all came together on June 21, 2018, when Mazara smacked a Reynaldo Lopez fastball into the bleachers from the right side of the plate. With a distance of 505 feet, it is the longest home run in the history of the StatCast.
Glenallen Hill, Chicago Cubs outfielder – 500+ feet, Wrigley Field
Glenallen Hill isn’t one of the most well-known names among those who have hit the farthest home runs in Major League Baseball history, according to our research. From 1989 through 2001, he did not appear in an All-Star Game and did not hit more than 28 home runs in a season at any point in his career. However, in May of 2000, Chicago’s outfielder hit a home run that no one who witnessed it will ever forget. It landed on the roof of a building across the street from Wrigley Field, after traveling around 500 feet, according to estimations.
Jim Thome, Cleveland Guardians first baseman – 511 feet, Jacobs Field
A frozen rope is defined as follows: On July 3, 1999, Jim Thome hit a dinger that will be remembered for a long time. A 3-1 pitch in the second game of a doubleheader was smashed to left-center field by Thomas, who didn’t even have time to get the ball out of the stadium. After bouncing once on the concourse, it crashed to the ground and became a memento that would go down in baseball history.
Adam Dunn, Cincinnati Reds first baseman – 535 feet, Great American Ballpark
Over the course of his career, Adam Dunn hit 462 home runs, garnering him a reputation as one of the game’s most dangerous home run threats during his time. When the New York Yankees faced the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 10, 2004, Dunn delivered a performance he’ll remember for the rest of his life. The baseball was sent into the air and landed with an estimated distance of 535 feet, making it the biggest home run ever hit at Great American Ball Park.
Willie Stargel, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder – 535 feet, Olympic Stadium
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell on deck during the 1971 season at Three Rivers Stadium, taken in July 1971 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports is required for this image. Willie Stargel is one of the Hall of Famers who is also widely regarded as one of the greatest power hitters in the history of Major League Baseball. The Pittsburgh Pirates icon hit 475 home runs in his career, but it was a 535-foot shot at Olympic Stadium that earned him a spot in our top-10 list.
Keep in mind that he was 38 years old at the time of the hit, which makes it much more astounding than the feats of others who came before him.
Reggie Jackson, Oakland Athletics outfielder – 539 feet, Tiger Stadium
There’s no dispute about who blasted the longest home run in the history of the MLB All-Star Game. In the 1971 Midsummer Classic, slugger Reggie Jackson hit Dock Ellis’ pitch so hard that it virtually flew out of Tiger Stadium, with the ball rebounding off the roof and everyone in the stadium just staring at it in stunned silence. According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, it was 539 feet long, making it one of the longest home runs ever hit in baseball history.
Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees outfielder – 565 feet, Griffith Stadium
Unknown date and place; United States; FILE PHOTO; Mickey Mantle, infielder for the New York Yankees, at the plate Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports is required for this image. Unsurprisingly, many of the home runs considered to be among the farthest ever hit are based on first-hand testimonies from the players themselves. According to Yankees publicist Red Patterson, on April 17, 1953, Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle was credited with a tape-measure bomb that went 565 feet and was credited to him.
This is even more astounding given that Mantle used a teammate’s bat to hit the home run.
Babe Ruth, Boston Red Sox outfielder – 550-587 feet, Plant Field
The 13th of May in the Bronx, New York, USA. Before a game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium, Jane Forbes Clark, head of the board of directors of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and president Jeff Idelson were presented with Babe Ruth’s hall of fame plaque by Jeff Idelson. Brad Penner of USA TODAY Sports is required for this image. Babe Ruth’s fame outstrips even some of the most devastating home runs he smacked throughout his legendary career. The Sultan of Swat is recognized with a slew of MLB records and memorable moments that will live on in baseball history.
He said it was the longest home run he had ever hit, thereby putting an end to any rumors about 600-foot blasts.
But it’s not too shabby for the King of Crash.
Josh Gibson, Homestead Grays catcher – 580 feet, Yankee Stadium
During the seventh inning stretch against the New York Yankees at PNC Park, stage performers from the Pittsburgh Opera production of “The Summer King,” an opera based on the life of negro league catcher Josh Gibson (not seen), sang God Bless America. April 23, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA The Pirates came out on top 2-1. Required credit goes to Charles LeClaire of USA TODAY Sports. Josh Gibson, arguably the best power hitter in Major League Baseball history, is regarded as a baseball legend. A home run of 580 feet at Yankee Stadium is ascribed to Gibson, who was voted the best player in the Negro League in 1967.
A lot of people feel that if the Negro League were to be recognized as a “major league,” which won’t happen until 2020, Gibson’s home run would be more commonly recognized as the longest home run in history.
What was the longest home run of 2021 MLB season?
During the 2021 Major League Baseball season, none of the deepest home runs came close to breaking the record for the longest home run ever hit. However, some well-known sluggers, including some teammates, hit massive home runs that left everyone in the stadia simply admiring the baseball as it sailed out of the stadium.
Miguel Sanó, Minnesota Twins designated hitter – 495 feet, Fenway Park
Slugger Miguel Sanó of the Minnesota Twins has had a difficult start to his professional baseball career. Minnesota’s 6-foot-4 batter, who was named to the All-Star team in 2017, is more than capable of hitting one of the longest home runs in baseball history. In an August game against the Boston Red Sox, Sanó fired a 495-foot cannon into the Fenway Park crowd late into the night. We can only think how far the ball would have flown if this incident had occurred at Coors Field instead of Dodger Stadium.
Longest MLB home runs 2021
Here is a list of the deepest home runs hit during the 2021 Major League Baseball season, along with footage from MLB.com.
- The following players have reached 486 feet at Coors Field: Tommy Pham of the San Diego Padres
- Yermn Mercedes of the Chicago White Sox
- Adam Duvall of the Atlanta Braves
- Ronald Acua Jr. of the Atlanta Braves
- Marcell Ozuna of the Atlanta Braves
- Ryan McMahon of the Colorado Rockies
- Adam Duvall
It should come as no surprise that Coors Field has been the site of five of the ten longest home homers ever hit. Because of the thin air, it is one of the most hitter-friendly MLB stadiums, since baseballs fly out of the stadium when they are hit. Interestingly, the Braves’ outfielders are responsible for four of the longest home runs in Major League Baseball in 2021. It’s worth noting that the hardest baseball hit in 2021 didn’t even make it out of the infield. Giancarlo Stanton hit a ball off the bat at 122.2 mph this season for the New York Yankees, but the ball sailed straight into the glove of the second baseman, resulting in a double play and a run scoring opportunity.