List of Major League Baseball career times on base leaders

In baseball statistics, the term times on base, also abbreviated as TOB, is the cumulative total number of times a batter has reached base as a result of hits, walks and hit by pitches. This statistic does not include times reaching first by way of error, dropped third strike, fielder's obstruction or a fielder's choice, making this statistic somewhat of a misnomer.

Pete Rose is the all-time leader, being on base 5,929 times in his career. Barry Bonds (5,599), Ty Cobb (5,532), Rickey Henderson (5,343), Carl Yastrzemski (5,304), Stan Musial (5,282), and Hank Aaron (5,205) are the only other players to be on base more than 5,000 times.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career times on base. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 TOB) Number of times on base during the 2019 Major League Baseball season.
TOB Total career times on base.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

List

Rickey Henderson Day Saturday, Aug. 1
Rickey Henderson, 4th all time in career times on base.
  • Stats updated as of July 21, 2019.
Rank Player (2019 TOB) TOB
1 Pete Rose 5,929
2 Barry Bonds 5,599
3 Ty Cobb * 5,532
4 Rickey Henderson * 5,343
5 Carl Yastrzemski * 5,304
6 Stan Musial * 5,282
7 Hank Aaron * 5,205
8 Tris Speaker * 4,998
9 Babe Ruth * 4,978
10 Eddie Collins * 4,891
11 Willie Mays * 4,791
12 Derek Jeter 4,717
13 Ted Williams * 4,714
14 Mel Ott * 4,648
15 Alex Rodriguez 4,629
16 Eddie Murray * 4,606
17 Albert Pujols (101) 4,566
18 Frank Robinson * 4,561
19 Honus Wagner * 4,508
20 Craig Biggio * 4,505
21 Paul Molitor * 4,460
Rafael Palmeiro 4,460
23 Cap Anson * 4,451
24 Wade Boggs * 4,445
25 Joe Morgan * 4,422
26 Cal Ripken Jr. * 4,379
27 Dave Winfield * 4,351
28 Al Kaline * 4,339
29 Gary Sheffield 4,299
30 George Brett * 4,283
31 Paul Waner * 4,281
32 Lou Gehrig * 4,274
33 Chipper Jones * 4,256
34 Frank Thomas * 4,222
35 Ken Griffey Jr. * 4,174
36 Mickey Mantle * 4,161
37 Robin Yount * 4,156
38 Jim Thome * 4,144
39 Adrián Beltré 4,111
Jimmie Foxx * 4,111
41 Rod Carew * 4,096
42 Charlie Gehringer* 4,075
43 Luke Appling * 4,062
44 Reggie Jackson * 4,055
45 Rusty Staub 4,050
46 Rogers Hornsby * 4,016
47 Manny Ramirez 4,012
48 Bobby Abreu 3,979
49 Tim Raines * 3,977
50 Tony Gwynn * 3,955
Rank Player (2019 TOB) TOB
51 Jesse Burkett * 3,954
Omar Vizquel 3,954
53 Miguel Cabrera (121) 3,944
54 Harold Baines * 3,942
55 Todd Helton 3,911
56 Nap Lajoie * 3,893
57 Dwight Evans 3,890
58 Darrell Evans 3,863
59 Carlos Beltrán 3,860
60 Luis Gonzalez 3,857
61 Jeff Bagwell * 3,843
62 Fred McGriff 3,834
63 Lou Brock * 3,833
64 David Ortiz 3,829
65 Johnny Damon 3,822
66 Mike Schmidt * 3,820
67 Richie Ashburn * 3,815
68 Roberto Alomar * 3,806
69 Billy Williams * 3,799
70 Ichiro Suzuki 3,791
71 Eddie Mathews * 3,785
72 Max Carey * 3,782
73 Brooks Robinson * 3,761
74 Sam Rice * 3,751
75 Sam Crawford * 3,744
76 Goose Goslin * 3,739
77 Jake Beckley * 3,737
78 Fred Clarke * 3,707
79 Tony Pérez * 3,700
80 Harmon Killebrew * 3,693
81 Harry Hooper * 3,678
82 Bill Dahlen 3,665
83 Roberto Clemente * 3,656
84 Frankie Frisch * 3,639
85 Willie McCovey * 3,625
86 Edgar Martínez * 3,619
87 George Davis * 3,614
88 Zack Wheat * 3,611
89 John Olerud 3,602
90 Chili Davis 3,589
91 Lou Whitaker 3,586
92 Willie Keeler * 3,585
93 Eddie Yost 3,576
94 Al Simmons * 3,572
95 Ozzie Smith * 3,565
96 Jason Giambi 3,556
Harry Heilmann 3,556
98 Mark Grace 3,554
99 Brett Butler 3,542
100 Julio Franco 3,541

Notes

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

References

Ted Williams

Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960; his career was interrupted only by mandatory military service during World War II and the Korean War. Nicknamed The Kid, The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, and The Thumper, Williams is regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history.

Williams was a nineteen-time All-Star, a two-time recipient of the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player Award, a six-time AL batting champion, and a two-time Triple Crown winner. He finished his playing career with a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, and a .482 on-base percentage, the highest of all time. His career batting average is the highest of any MLB player whose career was played primarily in the live-ball era, and ranks tied for 7th all-time (with Billy Hamilton).

Born and raised in San Diego, Williams played baseball throughout his youth. After joining the Red Sox in 1939, he immediately emerged as one of the sport's best hitters. In 1941, Williams posted a .406 batting average; he is the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season. He followed this up by winning his first Triple Crown in 1942. Williams was required to interrupt his baseball career in 1943 to serve three years in the United States Navy and Marine Corps during World War II. Upon returning to MLB in 1946, Williams won his first AL MVP Award and played in his only World Series. In 1947, he won his second Triple Crown. Williams was returned to active military duty for portions of the 1952 and 1953 seasons to serve as a Marine combat aviator in the Korean War. In 1957 and 1958 at the ages of 39 and 40, respectively, he was the AL batting champion for the fifth and sixth time.

Williams retired from playing in 1960. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, in his first year of eligibility. Williams managed the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchise from 1969 to 1972. An avid sport fisherman, he hosted a television program about fishing, and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. Williams' involvement in the Jimmy Fund helped raise millions in dollars for cancer care and research. In 1991 President George H. W. Bush presented Williams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States government. He was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Time Team in 1997 and the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

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