List of Major League Baseball career hit batsmen leaders

In baseball, hit by pitch (HBP) is a situation in which a batter or his clothing or equipment (other than his bat) is struck directly by a pitch from the pitcher; the batter is called a hit batsman (HB). A hit batsman is awarded first base, provided that (in the plate umpire's judgment) he made an honest effort to avoid the pitch, although failure to do so is rarely called by an umpire. Being hit by a pitch is often caused by a batter standing too close to, or "crowding", home plate.

This is a list of the top 100 Major League Baseball pitchers who have the most hit batsmen of all time.

Gus Weyhing (277) holds the dubious record of most hit batsmen in a career. Chick Fraser (219), Pink Hawley (210), and Walter Johnson (205) are the only other pitchers to hit 200 or more batters in their careers.

Gus Weyhing pitching
Gus Weyhing, the all-time leader in career hit batsmen


Rank Rank amongst leaders in career hit batsmen. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 HB) Number of batters hit during the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
HB Total career batters hit
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[note 1]


CC Sabathia on August 31, 2009
CC Sabathia, the active leader in hit batsmen and tied for 50th all-time.
  • Stats updated as of July 6, 2019.
Rank Player (2019 HB) HB
1 Gus Weyhing 277
2 Chick Fraser 219
3 Pink Hawley 210
4 Walter Johnson * 205
5 Randy Johnson * 190
Eddie Plank * 190
7 Tim Wakefield 186
8 Tony Mullane 185
9 Joe McGinnity * 179
10 Charlie Hough 174
11 Clark Griffith * 171
12 Cy Young * 161
13 Jim Bunning * 160
14 Roger Clemens 159
15 Nolan Ryan * 158
16 Vic Willis * 156
17 Bert Blyleven * 155
Jamey Wright 155
19 Don Drysdale * 154
20 Bert Cunningham 148
Adonis Terry 148
22 Silver King 146
Jamie Moyer 146
24 Win Mercer 144
25 A. J. Burnett 143
26 Frank Foreman 142
27 Ed Doheny 141
Pedro Martínez * 141
29 Kevin Brown 139
Red Ehret 139
31 Chan Ho Park 138
32 Howard Ehmke 137
Greg Maddux * 137
34 Phil Knell 136
35 John Lackey 133
36 Matt Kilroy 131
37 George Mullin 130
Jesse Tannehill 130
39 Kid Nichols * 129
Dave Stieb 129
Frank Tanana 129
42 Kenny Rogers 127
43 Jack Taylor 126
44 Kid Carsey 125
Willie Sudhoff 125
46 Tim Hudson 124
Jeff Weaver 124
48 Mark Baldwin 123
Phil Niekro * 123
50 Jim Kaat 122
Rank Player (2019 HB) HB
Dennis Martínez 122
CC Sabathia (2) 122
53 Hooks Dauss 121
54 Jack Powell 120
Doc White 120
56 Orel Hershiser 117
Darryl Kile 117
Al Leiter 117
59 Rube Waddell * 115
60 Jack Warhop 114
61 Ice Box Chamberlain 113
Jack Chesbro * 113
Red Donahue 113
George Uhle 113
65 Amos Rusie * 112
Aaron Sele 112
67 Pedro Astacio 111
Charlie Morton (6) 111
69 Vicente Padilla 109
70 Gaylord Perry * 108
Billy Rhines 108
72 Ed Reulbach 107
73 David Cone 106
Earl Moore 106
75 Bronson Arroyo 105
Jim Lonborg 105
Jeff Pfeffer 105
Ed Willett 105
79 Johnny Cueto (0) 104
Barney Pelty 104
81 Scott Erickson 103
Red Faber * 103
Félix Hernández (4) 103
Randy Wolf 103
85 Chief Bender * 102
Bob Gibson * 102
Tom Hughes 102
Ervin Santana (0) 102
Carlos Zambrano 102
90 Frank Dwyer 101
Burleigh Grimes * 101
Earl Whitehill 101
93 Wilbur Cooper 100
94 Bob Caruthers 99
Jack Stivetts 99
Kerry Wood 99
97 Jack Billingham 98
Don Cardwell 98
Tommy John 98
Tim Keefe * 98

See also


  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.


Bill Duggleby

William James Duggleby (March 16, 1874 – August 30, 1944), nicknamed "Frosty Bill", was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. He played from 1898 to 1907. He also played two games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902 and nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1907. Duggleby is the first of four major league players to hit a grand slam in his first major league at-bat; Jeremy Hermida, Kevin Kouzmanoff and Daniel Nava are the other three. As of 2011, he still holds the Phillies team record for hit batsmen for a career (82).

Duggleby was one of the "jumpers" who left the Phillies in 1902 for other teams, including (in Duggleby's case) Connie Mack's new American League team, the Athletics. The Phillies filed suit to prevent the "jumpers" — in particular, Nap Lajoie, Bill Bernhard, and Chick Fraser — from playing for any other team, a plea which was rejected by a lower court before being upheld by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Duggleby was the first of the "jumpers" to return to the Phillies, on May 8, 1902, after playing only two games with the A's.

He was the manager of the Minor League Baseball team, the Albany Babies, in 1912.

Duggleby, a native of Utica, New York, died in Redfield, New York in 1944.

Charlie Hough

Charles Oliver Hough (; born January 5, 1948) is a former Major League Baseball knuckleball pitcher.

Chick Fraser

Charles Carrolton Fraser (August 26, 1873 – May 8, 1940) was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He pitched for numerous teams between 1896 and 1909. He ranks second all time among major-league pitchers in the category of hit batsmen, with 219. He lost 20 games five times, but he threw a no-hitter in 1903 and played on World Series championship teams for two years.

Earl Moore

Earl Alonzo Moore (July 29, 1879 – November 28, 1961) was a professional baseball pitcher who had a 14-year career in Major League Baseball.

Ed Doheny

Edwin Richard Doheny (November 24, 1873 – December 29, 1916) was an American baseball player. He played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1895 to 1903, first for the New York Giants, then for the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1903 he violently attacked several people, was declared insane and was committed to Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts. He died on December 29, 1916, in Medfield Insane Asylum.

Ed Reulbach

Edward Marvin "Big Ed" Reulbach (December 1, 1882 – July 17, 1961) was a major league baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs during their glory years of the early 1900s.

George Uhle

George Ernest Uhle (September 18, 1898 – February 26, 1985) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he began his playing career with his hometown Cleveland Indians. After ten seasons, during which time he led the American League in wins, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, and games started, he was traded in 1928 to the Detroit Tigers for Jackie Tavener and Ken Holloway. He went on to play with the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and again with the Indians. When his career ended in 1936, he had won 200 games. His lifetime batting average of .289 (393-for-1360) is still a record for a pitcher (not playing at any other position)

On May 25, 1929, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 21 innings. Uhle, who was the winning pitcher, pitched twenty innings to earn his eighth win of the season with no losses. The losing pitcher, Ted Lyons, pitched all 21 innings for Chicago.

Babe Ruth himself credited George with being the toughest pitcher he ever faced, although Ruth batted .336 against Uhle. Out of 714 career home runs, he got only four off Uhle. Uhle had the second most strikeouts of Ruth by a pitcher, with 25. Only Lefty Grove had more, with 27.

He was buried at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Ohio.

Harry McIntire

John Reid McIntire (January 11, 1879 – January 9, 1949) was born in Dayton, Ohio and was a Pitcher for the Brooklyn Superbas (1905–09), Chicago Cubs (1910–12) and Cincinnati Reds (1913).

He helped the Cubs win the 1910 National League Pennant.

McIntire led the National League in Hits Allowed (340), Earned Runs Allowed (127) and Hit Batsmen (20) in 1905. He also led the league in Hits Batsmen in 1908 (20) and 1909 (21).

In 9 seasons he had a 71–117 Win–Loss record, 237 Games, 188 Games Started, 140 Complete Games, 17 Shutouts, 40 Games Finished, 7 Saves, 1,650 Innings Pitched, 1,555 Hits Allowed, 778 Runs Allowed, 590 Earned Runs Allowed, 34 Home Runs Allowed, 539 Walks Allowed, 626 Strikeouts, 96 Hit Batsmen, 14 Wild Pitches, 6,753 Batters Faced and 3.22 ERA.

McIntire died in Daytona Beach, Florida at the age of 69.

Jack Billingham

John Eugene Billingham (born February 21, 1943) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1968 through 1980 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox. The 6-foot-4 hurler won at least 10 games for 10 consecutive seasons, and he helped lead Cincinnati's legendary "Big Red Machine" to back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. He batted and threw right-handed. Billingham is the cousin of Christy Mathewson.

Jack Taylor (1900s pitcher)

John W. Taylor (January 14, 1874 – March 4, 1938) was a right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

Jakie May

Frank Spruiell "Jakie" May (November 25, 1895 – June 3, 1970) was a professional baseball player. He was a left-handed pitcher over parts of 14 seasons (1917–1921, 1924–1932) with the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. For his career, he compiled a 72–95 record in 410 appearances, most as a relief pitcher, with a 3.88 earned run average and 765 strikeouts.

May was a member of the National League pennant-winning 1932 Cubs, suffering the loss in the fourth and final game of the 1932 World Series against the New York Yankees. In World Series play, he had a 0–1 record in two appearances, with an 11.57 earned run average and 4 strikeouts.

May was born in Youngsville, North Carolina and later died in Wendell, North Carolina at the age of 74.

Jesse Tannehill

Jesse Niles Tannehill (July 14, 1874 – September 22, 1956) was a dead-ball era left-handed pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Highlanders, Boston Red Sox, and the Washington Senators. Tannehill was among the best pitchers of his era and was one of the best-hitting pitchers of all time. In fact, Tannehill was such a good hitter that he was used in the outfield 87 times in his career.

Kid Carsey

Wilfred "Kid" Carsey (October 22, 1870 in New York City – March 29, 1960 in Miami, Florida), was a professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1891 to 1901. He played for the Washington Statesmen, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Senators, New York Giants and Brooklyn Superbas.

Mike Boddicker

Michael James Boddicker (born August 23, 1957) is an American right-handed former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles (1980–1988), Boston Red Sox (1988–1990), Kansas City Royals (1991–1992), and Milwaukee Brewers (1993). He was the ALCS MVP in 1983 and was an American League All-Star in 1984.

Pedro Astacio

Pedro Julio Astacio (born November 28, 1968) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. He has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1992–1997), Colorado Rockies (1997–2001), Houston Astros (2001), New York Mets (2002–2003), Boston Red Sox (2004), Texas Rangers (2005), the San Diego Padres (2005) and the Washington Nationals (2006). In 2007, Astacio signed a contract with the Nationals' Triple-A affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, but they released him in May.

Pink Hawley

Emerson Pink Hawley (December 5, 1872 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin – September 19, 1938 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin) was an American professional baseball player who played pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1892 to 1901. He played for the St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Milwaukee Brewers. He threw a league-leading 34 complete games in 1900.

Red Donahue

Francis Rostell "Red" Donahue (January 23, 1873 – August 25, 1913) was an American Major League Baseball pitcher from Waterbury, Connecticut, who played for 13 seasons both in the National League and the American League from 1893 through 1906.

Rube Benton

John Cleave "Rube" Benton (June 27, 1890 – December 12, 1937) was a pitcher, born in Clinton, North Carolina, for Major League Baseball's Cincinnati Reds (1910–15 and 1923–25) and New York Giants (1915–21).

He helped the Giants win the 1917 National League pennant and the 1921 World Series. Benton threw a shutout against the Chicago White Sox in Game 3 of the 1917 World Series, but was the losing pitcher in Game 6 on the final day of the Series.

He pitched for the Giants in the 1921 season but did not make an appearance in that World Series, which the Giants won in eight games over the crosstown Yankees.

In 15 seasons he had a 150–144 Win–Loss record, 437 Games, 305 Games Started, 145 Complete Games, 24 Shutouts, 83 Games Finished, 21 Saves, 2,517​1⁄3 Innings, 2,472 Hits Allowed, 1,115 Runs Allowed, 863 Earned Runs Allowed, 52 Home Runs Allowed, 712 Walks, 950 Strikeouts, 66 Wild Pitches, 10,539 Batters Faced, 6 Balks and a 3.09 ERA.

He died in an automobile accident in Dothan, Alabama.

Sam Leever

Samuel Leever (December 23, 1871 – May 19, 1953), nicknamed "The Goshen Schoolmaster", was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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