List of Major League Baseball runs batted in records

Major League Baseball has numerous records related to runs batted in (RBI).

Players denoted in boldface are still actively contributing to the record noted. (r) denotes a player's rookie season.

160 batted in, one season

Hank Greenberg 1937 cropped
Hank Greenberg, Hall of Famer and two-time MVP
Player RBI Team[1] Season
Hack Wilson 191 Chicago Cubs 1930
Lou Gehrig 185 New York Yankees 1931
Hank Greenberg 184 Detroit Tigers 1937
Jimmie Foxx 175 Boston Red Sox 1938
Lou Gehrig 173 New York Yankees 1927
Lou Gehrig 173 New York Yankees 1930
Chuck Klein 170 Philadelphia Phillies 1930
Jimmie Foxx 169 Philadelphia Athletics 1932
Babe Ruth 168 New York Yankees 1921
Hank Greenberg 168 Detroit Tigers 1935
Joe DiMaggio 167 New York Yankees 1937
Sam Thompson 166 Detroit Wolverines 1887
Lou Gehrig 166 New York Yankees 1934
Sam Thompson 165 Philadelphia Phillies 1895
Babe Ruth 165 New York Yankees 1927
Al Simmons 165 Philadelphia Athletics 1930
Manny Ramírez 165 Cleveland Indians 1999
Jimmie Foxx 163 Philadelphia Athletics 1933
Babe Ruth 162 New York Yankees 1931
Hal Trosky 162 Cleveland Indians 1936
Sammy Sosa 160 Chicago Cubs 2001

Evolution of the single season record for runs batted in

RBI[2] Player Team Year Years record stood
60 Deacon White Chicago White Stockings 1876 3
62 Charley Jones Boston Red Caps 1879 1
62 John O'Rourke (r) Boston Red Caps 1879 1
74 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1880 1
82 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1881 1
83 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1882 1
97 Dan Brouthers Buffalo Bisons 1883 1
102 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1884 1
108 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1885 1
147 Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings 1886 1
166 Sam Thompson Detroit Wolverines 1887 34
168 Babe Ruth New York Yankees 1921 6
173 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees 1927 3
191 Hack Wilson Chicago Cubs 1930 88

Four or more seasons with 130 runs batted in

Player Years Seasons and teams
Babe Ruth[3] 10 1920–21, 23, 26–32 New York (AL)
Lou Gehrig[4] 9 1927–28, 30–34, 36–37 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx[5] 6 1930, 32–34 Philadelphia; 36, 38 Boston (AL)
Hank Greenberg[6] 5 1934–35, 37–38, 40 Detroit
Alex Rodriguez[7] 5 2000 Seattle; 01-02 Texas; 05, 07 New York (AL)
Ryan Howard[8] 4 2006–09 Philadelphia (NL)
Joe DiMaggio[9] 4 1937–38, 40, 48 New York (AL)
Juan González[10] 4 1996–98 Texas; 2001 Cleveland
Ken Griffey, Jr.[11] 4 1996–99 Seattle
Sammy Sosa[12] 4 1998–2001 Chicago (NL)
Manny Ramírez[13] 4 1998–99 Cleveland; 2004–05 Boston (AL)

Five or more consecutive seasons with 120 runs batted in

Player Years Seasons and teams
Lou Gehrig 8 1927–34 New York (AL)
Babe Ruth 7 1926–32 New York (AL)
Joe DiMaggio 6 1936–41 New York (AL)
Jim Bottomley[14] 5 1925–29 St. Louis (NL)
Chuck Klein[15] 5 1929–33 Philadelphia (NL)
Jimmie Foxx 5 1930–34 Philadelphia (AL)
Henry Aaron[16] 5 1959–63 Milwaukee (NL)

Ten or more seasons with 100 runs batted in

Player Years Seasons and teams
Alex Rodriguez 14 1996, 98–2000 Seattle; 01–03 Texas; 04–10 New York (AL)
Albert Pujols[17] 14 2001–10 St. Louis (NL), 12, 14, 16, 17 Los Angeles Angels
Babe Ruth 13 1919 Boston (AL); 20–21, 23–24, 26–33 New York (AL)
Lou Gehrig 13 1926–38 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx 13 1929–35 Philadelphia (AL); 36–41 Boston (AL)
Al Simmons[18] 12 1924–32 Philadelphia (AL); 33–34 Chicago (AL); 36 Detroit
Barry Bonds[19] 12 1990–92 Pittsburgh; 93, 95–98, 2000–02, 04 San Francisco
Manny Ramírez 12 1995–96, 98–2000 Cleveland; 01-06 Boston (AL); 08 Boston (AL)-Los Angeles (NL)
Miguel Cabrera[20] 12 2004–2007 Florida; 08–14, 16 Detroit
Goose Goslin[21] 11 1924–28 Washington (AL); 30 Washington (AL)-St. Louis (AL); 31–32 St. Louis (AL); 34–36 Detroit
Frank Thomas[22] 11 1991–98, 2000, 03 Chicago (AL); 06 Oakland
Stan Musial[23] 10 1946, 48–51, 53–57 St. Louis (NL)
Willie Mays[24] 10 1954–55, 59–66 New York-San Francisco
Henry Aaron 11 1955, 1957, 59–63, 66–67, 70–71 Milwaukee-Atlanta
Joe Carter[25] 10 1986–87, 89 Cleveland; 90 San Diego; 91–94, 96–97 Toronto
Rafael Palmeiro[26] 10 1993, 99–2003 Texas; 95–98 Baltimore
Vladimir Guerrero[27] 10 1998–2002 Montreal; 2004 Anaheim Texas; 2005–2007 Los Angeles Angels; 2008 Texas
David Ortiz[28] 10 2003-2007, 2010, 2013-2016 Boston

Eight or more consecutive seasons with 100 runs batted in

Player Years Seasons and teams
Lou Gehrig 13 1926–38 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx 13 1929–35 Philadelphia (AL); 36–41 Boston (AL)
Alex Rodriguez 13 1998–2000 Seattle; 01–03 Texas; 04–10 New York (AL)
Al Simmons 11 1924–32 Philadelphia (AL); 33–34 Chicago (AL)
Miguel Cabrera 11 2004–2007 Florida; 08–14 Detroit
Albert Pujols 10 2001–10 St. Louis (NL)
Albert Belle 9 1992–96 Cleveland; 97–98 Chicago (AL); 99–2000 Baltimore
Rafael Palmeiro 9 1995–98 Baltimore; 99–2003 Texas
Manny Ramírez 9 1998–2000 Cleveland; 01–06 Boston (AL)
Sammy Sosa 9 1995–2003 Chicago (NL)
Chipper Jones 8 1996–2003 Atlanta Braves
Babe Ruth 8 1926–33 New York (AL)
Mel Ott[29] 8 1929–36 New York (NL)
Willie Mays 8 1959–66 New York—San Francisco
Frank Thomas 8 1991–98 Chicago (AL)
Mark Teixeira 8 2004–07 Rangers; 07–08 Atlanta Braves; 08 Angels; 09–11 New York

League leader in runs batted in, five or more seasons

Player Titles Seasons and teams[2]
Cap Anson 8 1880–82, 84–86, 88, 91 Chicago (NL)
Babe Ruth 6 1919 Boston (AL); 20–21, 23, 26, 28 New York (AL)
Honus Wagner 5 1901–02, 08–09, 12 Pittsburgh

League leader in runs batted in, three or more consecutive seasons

Player Titles Seasons and teams
Cap Anson 3 1880–82 Chicago White Stockings
Cap Anson 3 1884–86 Chicago White Stockings
Ty Cobb 3 1907–09 Detroit
Babe Ruth 3 1919 Boston (AL); 20–21 New York (AL)
Rogers Hornsby 3 1920–22 St. Louis (NL)
Joe Medwick 3 1936–38 St. Louis (NL)
George Foster 3 1976–78 Cincinnati
Cecil Fielder 3 1990–92 Detroit

League leader in runs batted in, three decades

Player Seasons and teams
Cap Anson 1880–82, 84–86, 88, 91 Chicago (NL)

League leader in runs batted in, both leagues

Player Seasons and teams
Napoleon Lajoie 1898 Philadelphia (NL); 1901 Philadelphia (AL); 1904 Cleveland

League leader in runs batted in, three different teams

Player Seasons and teams
Napoleon Lajoie 1898 Philadelphia (NL); 1901 Philadelphia (AL); 1904 Cleveland

10 or more runs batted in by an individual in one game

RBIs Player Team Date Opponent
12 Jim Bottomley[30] St. Louis Cardinals September 16, 1924 Brooklyn Robins
12 Mark Whiten[31] St. Louis Cardinals September 7, 1993 Cincinnati Reds
11 Wilbert Robinson[32] Baltimore Orioles June 10, 1882 St. Louis Browns
11 Tony Lazzeri[33] New York Yankees May 24, 1936 Philadelphia Athletics
11 Phil Weintraub[34] New York Giants April 30, 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers
10 Rudy York[35] Boston Red Sox July 27, 1946 St. Louis Browns
10 Walker Cooper[36] Cincinnati Reds July 6, 1949 Chicago Cubs
10 Norm Zauchin[37] Boston Red Sox May 27, 1955 Washington Senators
10 Reggie Jackson[38] Oakland Athletics June 14, 1969 Boston Red Sox
10 Fred Lynn (r)[39] Boston Red Sox June 18, 1975 Detroit Tigers
10 Nomar Garciaparra[40] Boston Red Sox May 10, 1999 Seattle Mariners
10 Alex Rodriguez[41] New York Yankees April 26, 2005 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10 Garret Anderson[42] Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim August 21, 2007 New York Yankees
10 Anthony Rendon Washington Nationals April 30, 2017 New York Mets
10 Scooter Gennett Cincinnati Reds June 6, 2017 St. Louis Cardinals
10 Mark Reynolds Washington Nationals July 7, 2018 Miami Marlins

950 runs batted in by a team in one season

RBI Team[43] Season
1,043 Boston Beaneaters 1894
1,007 Philadelphia Phillies 1894
997 New York Yankees 1936
990 New York Yankees 1931
986 New York Yankees 1930
974 Boston Red Sox 1950
960 Cleveland Indians 1999
954 New York Yankees 1932
954 Seattle Mariners 1996

See also

References

  1. ^ Season RBI Statistics @ Baseball Almanac.com
  2. ^ a b Annual RBI leaders @ Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ Babe Ruth statistics @ mlb.com
  4. ^ Lou Gehrig statistics @ mlb.com
  5. ^ Jimmie Foxx statistics @ mlb.com
  6. ^ Hank Greenberg statistics @ mlb.com
  7. ^ Alex Rodriguez statistics @ mlb.com
  8. ^ Ryan Howard statistics @ mlb.com
  9. ^ Joe DiMaggio statistics @ mlb.com
  10. ^ Juan González statistics @ mlb.com
  11. ^ Ken Griffey, Jr. statistics @ mlb.com
  12. ^ Sammy Sosa statistics @ mlb.com
  13. ^ Manny Ramírez statistics @ mlb.com
  14. ^ Jim Bottomley statistics @ mlb.com
  15. ^ Chuck Klein statistics @ mlb.com
  16. ^ Hank Aaron statistics @ mlb.com
  17. ^ Albert Pujols statistics @ mlb.com
  18. ^ Al Simmons statistics @ mlb.com
  19. ^ Barry Bonds statistics @ mlb.com
  20. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cabremi01.shtml
  21. ^ Goose Goslin statistics @ mlb.com
  22. ^ Frank Thomas statistics @ mlb.com
  23. ^ Stan Musial statistics @ mlb.com
  24. ^ Willie Mays statistics @ mlb.com
  25. ^ Joe Carter statistics @ mlb.com
  26. ^ Rafael Palmeiro statistics @ mlb.com
  27. ^ Vladimir Guerrero statistics @ mlb.com
  28. ^ "David Ortiz Stats, Fantasy & News". Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2018-09-08.
  29. ^ Mel Ott statistics @ mlb.com
  30. ^ Jim Bottomley bio with ref. to his 12 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-10-22 at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Box score of Mark Whiten's 12 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com
  32. ^ Wilbert Robinson bio. with ref. to his 11 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  33. ^ Tony Lazzeri's Hall-of-Fame bio and plaque, both referencing his 11 RBI game @ Baseball Hall of Fame.org
  34. ^ Phil Weintraub's 11 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
  35. ^ Rudy York's 10 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  36. ^ Cincinnati Enquirer lists this as the 38th greatest moment in Reds history
  37. ^ News clip of Zauchon's 10 RBI game Archived 2006-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
  38. ^ Jackson bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  39. ^ Lynn bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine
  40. ^ Garciaparra bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  41. ^ Home New Tribune Article @ USA Today.com about A-Rod's 10 RBI game
  42. ^ MSNBC article detailing Anderson's 10 RBI game
  43. ^ Historic Team RBI statistics @ mlb.com
Albert Pujols

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara (born January 16, 1980) is a Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played 11 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom he was a three-time National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) (2005, 2008, 2009) and nine-time All-Star (2001, 2003–2010). He then was a one-time All-Star additionally with the Angels in 2015. A right-handed batter and thrower, Pujols stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 235 pounds (107 kg).

Pujols was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1996. After one season of college baseball, he was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft. As a rookie for the Cardinals in 2001, he was unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. Pujols played for the Cardinals, contributing to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. After the 2011 season, Pujols became a free agent and signed a 10-year contract with the Angels.

Pujols was, at the height of his career, a highly regarded hitter who showed a "combination of contact hitting ability, patience and raw power." He is a six-time Silver Slugger who has twice led the NL in home runs, and he has also led the NL once each in batting average, doubles and RBI. He is significantly above-average in career regular season batting average (.301), walk rate (10.9 percent) and Isolated Power (.251). He holds the MLB all-time record for most times grounded into a double play (376). With 14 seasons of 100 or more RBI produced, he is tied with Alex Rodriguez for the most in MLB history. Pujols got his 3,000th career hit in 2018, becoming the 32nd player in MLB history to do so. Pujols also became the fourth member of the 3,000-hit club to also hit 600 home runs, joining Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Rodriguez in this exclusive club. Pujols is considered a strong future candidate for the Hall of Fame.

Alex Rodriguez

Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975), nicknamed "A-Rod", is an American former professional baseball shortstop and third baseman who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), primarily with the New York Yankees. He also played for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Rodriguez began his professional career as one of the sport's most highly touted prospects, and is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time. Rodriguez amassed a .295 batting average, over 600 home runs (696), over 2,000 runs batted in (RBI), over 2,000 runs scored, over 3,000 hits, and over 300 stolen bases, the only player in MLB history to achieve all of those feats. He was also a 14-time All-Star, winning three American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards, ten Silver Slugger Awards, and two Gold Glove Awards. Rodríguez is also the career record holder for grand slams with 25. He signed two of the most lucrative sports contracts in baseball. In addition to his accomplishments, he also led a controversial career due to some of his behaviors, including the use of performance-enhancing drugs.The Mariners selected Rodriguez first overall in the 1993 MLB draft, and he debuted in the major leagues the following year at the age of 18. In 1996, he became the Mariners' starting shortstop, won the major league batting championship, and finished second in voting for the AL MVP Award. His combination of power, speed, and defense made him a cornerstone of the franchise, but he left the team via free agency after the 2000 season to join the Rangers. The 10-year, $252 million contract he signed was the richest in baseball history at the time. He played at a high level in his three years with Texas, highlighted by his first AL MVP Award win in 2003, but the team failed to make the playoffs during his tenure. Prior to the 2004 season, Rodriguez was traded to the Yankees, for whom he converted to a third baseman, because Derek Jeter was already the Yankees' full-time shortstop. During Rodriguez's career with the Yankees, he was named AL MVP in 2005 and 2007. After opting out of his contract following the 2007 season, Rodriguez signed a new 10-year, $275 million deal with the Yankees, extending his record for the sport's most lucrative contract. He became the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, reaching the milestone in 2007. He was part of the Yankees' 2009 World Series championship over the Philadelphia Phillies, which was the first year of the new Yankee Stadium and Rodriguez's only world title. Toward the end of his career, Rodriguez was hampered by hip and knee injuries, which caused him to become exclusively a designated hitter. He played his final game in professional baseball on August 12, 2016.

During a 2007 interview with Katie Couric on 60 Minutes, Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs. In February 2009, Rodriguez admitted to using steroids, saying he used them from 2001 to 2003 when playing for Rangers due to "an enormous amount of pressure" to perform. While recovering from a hip injury in 2013, Rodriguez made headlines by feuding with team management over his rehabilitation and for having allegedly obtained performance-enhancing drugs as part of the Biogenesis baseball scandal. In August 2013, MLB suspended him for 211 games for his involvement in the scandal, but he was allowed to play while appealing the punishment. Had the original suspension been upheld, it would have been the longest non-lifetime suspension in Major League Baseball history. After an arbitration hearing, the suspension was reduced to 162 games, which kept him off the field for the entire 2014 season.After retiring as a player, Rodriguez became a media personality, serving as a broadcaster for Fox Sports 1, a cast member of Shark Tank and a member of the ABC News network. In January 2018, ESPN announced that Rodriguez would be joining the broadcast team of Sunday Night Baseball In January 2017, CNBC announced Rodriguez would be the host of the show Back In The Game, where he would help former athletes make a comeback in their personal lives; the first episode debuted on the network in March 2018.

Babe Ruth

George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. (February 6, 1895 – August 16, 1948) was an American professional baseball player whose career in Major League Baseball (MLB) spanned 22 seasons, from 1914 through 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his MLB career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. Ruth established many MLB batting (and some pitching) records, including career home runs (714), runs batted in (RBIs) (2,213), bases on balls (2,062), slugging percentage (.690), and on-base plus slugging (OPS) (1.164); the latter still stands as of 2019. Ruth is regarded as one of the greatest sports heroes in American culture and is considered by many to be the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1936, Ruth was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame as one of its "first five" inaugural members.

At age 7, Ruth was sent to St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory where he learned life lessons and baseball skills from Brother Matthias Boutlier of the Xaverian Brothers, the school's disciplinarian and a capable baseball player. In 1914, Ruth was signed to play minor-league baseball for the Baltimore Orioles but was soon sold to the Red Sox. By 1916, he had built a reputation as an outstanding pitcher who sometimes hit long home runs, a feat unusual for any player in the pre-1920 dead-ball era. Although Ruth twice won 23 games in a season as a pitcher and was a member of three World Series championship teams with the Red Sox, he wanted to play every day and was allowed to convert to an outfielder. With regular playing time, he broke the MLB single-season home run record in 1919.

After that season, Red Sox owner Harry Frazee sold Ruth to the Yankees amid controversy. The trade fueled Boston's subsequent 86 year championship drought and popularized the "Curse of the Bambino" superstition. In his 15 years with the Yankees, Ruth helped the team win seven American League (AL) pennants and four World Series championships. His big swing led to escalating home run totals that not only drew fans to the ballpark and boosted the sport's popularity but also helped usher in baseball's live-ball era, which evolved from a low-scoring game of strategy to a sport where the home run was a major factor. As part of the Yankees' vaunted "Murderers' Row" lineup of 1927, Ruth hit 60 home runs, which extended his MLB single-season record by a single home run. Ruth's last season with the Yankees was 1934; he retired from the game the following year, after a short stint with the Boston Braves. During his career, Ruth led the AL in home runs during a season 12 times.

Ruth's legendary power and charismatic personality made him a larger-than-life figure during the Roaring Twenties. During his career, he was the target of intense press and public attention for his baseball exploits and off-field penchants for drinking and womanizing. His often reckless lifestyle was tempered by his willingness to do good by visiting children at hospitals and orphanages. After his retirement as a player, he was denied the opportunity to manage a major league club, most likely due to poor behavior during parts of his playing career. In his final years, Ruth made many public appearances, especially in support of American efforts in World War II. In 1946, he became ill with nasopharyngeal cancer and died from the disease two years later. Ruth remains a part of American culture and in 2018, President Donald Trump posthumously awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Barry Bonds

Barry Lamar Bonds (born July 24, 1964) is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. He received a record seven NL MVP awards, eight Gold Glove awards, a record 12 Silver Slugger awards, and 14 All-Star selections. He is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.Bonds was regarded as an exceptional hitter: he led MLB in on-base plus slugging six times, and placed within the top five hitters in 12 of his 17 qualifying seasons. He holds many MLB hitting records, including most career home runs (762), most home runs in a single season (73, set in 2001) and most career walks.Bonds was also known as a talented all-around baseball player. He won eight Gold Glove awards for his defensive play in the outfield. He stole 514 bases with his baserunning speed, becoming the first and only MLB player to date with at least 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases (no other player has even 400 of each). He is ranked second in career Wins Above Replacement among all major league position players by both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference.com, behind only Babe Ruth.However, Bonds led a controversial career, notably as a central figure in baseball's steroids scandal. In 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to the grand jury during the federal government's investigation of BALCO. The perjury charges against Bonds were dropped and an initial obstruction of justice conviction was overturned in 2015.Bonds became eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2013; he has not been elected, with his highest share of the vote coming in 2019, his seventh of ten years of eligibility, when he received 59.1%.

Frank Thomas (designated hitter)

Frank Edward Thomas Jr. (born May 27, 1968), nicknamed "The Big Hurt", is an American former first baseman and designated hitter in Major League Baseball who played for three American League (AL) teams from 1990 to 2008, all but the last three years with the Chicago White Sox. A five-time All-Star, he is the only player in major league history to have seven consecutive seasons (1991–97) with at least a .300 batting average, 100 runs batted in (RBI), 100 runs scored, 100 walks, and 20 home runs. Thomas also won the AL batting title in 1997 with a .347 mark.

Thomas was named the AL's Most Valuable Player by unanimous vote in 1993. That year, he became the first White Sox player to hit 40 home runs and led the team to a division title. He repeated as MVP in the strike-shortened 1994 season, batting .353 and leading the league in slugging average and runs. Following two sub-par seasons, Thomas lost a close MVP vote in 2000 despite posting career highs of 43 home runs and 143 RBI. Still, he was named AL Comeback Player of the Year, and Chicago finished with the AL's best record. Later in Thomas's career, a variety of foot injuries and minor ailments reduced his productivity and often limited him to a designated hitter role. In 2005, his final season in Chicago, he was limited to only 34 games after starting the year on the disabled list and then fracturing a bone in his foot close to where it was surgically repaired the previous off-season. He was unable to play in the post season while the White Sox won the World Series that year.

By the end of his career, Thomas was tied for eighth in AL history for home runs (521), ninth for RBI (1,704), and sixth for walks (1,667). Among players with at least 7,000 at bats in the AL, he ranked eighth in slugging average (.555) and ninth in on-base percentage (.419). With a .301 lifetime batting average, he became the seventh player in history to retire with at least a .300 average and 500 home runs. He holds White Sox franchise records for career home runs (448), RBI (1,465), runs (1,327), doubles (447), extra base hits, walks (1,466), slugging average, (.568) and on-base percentage (.427). The White Sox retired Thomas's uniform number 35 in 2010 and unveiled a statue of him at U.S. Cellular Field in 2011. Thomas was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 in his first year of eligibility—the first White Sox star to achieve that distinction.Thomas was one of the few major league stars who never fell under suspicion during the performance-enhancing drugs controversies of the late 1990s. An advocate for drug testing as early as 1995, he was the only active player who agreed to be interviewed for the Mitchell Report in 2007.

Hank Aaron

Henry Louis Aaron (born February 5, 1934), nicknamed "Hammer" or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder who serves as the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and two seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL), from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list.

Aaron was born and raised in and around Mobile, Alabama. Aaron had seven siblings, including Tommie Aaron, who later played in MLB with him. He appeared briefly in the Negro American League and in minor league baseball before starting his major league career. By his final MLB season, Aaron was the last Negro league baseball player on a major league roster.

Aaron played the vast majority of his MLB games in right field, though he appeared at several other infield and outfield positions. In his last two seasons, he was primarily a designated hitter. Aaron was an NL All-Star for 20 seasons and an AL All-Star for 1 season, from 1955 through 1975. Aaron holds the record for the most seasons as an All-Star and the most All-Star Game selections (25), and is tied with Willie Mays and Stan Musial for the most All-Star Games played (24). He was a Gold Glove winner for three seasons. In 1957, he was the NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) when the Milwaukee Braves won the World Series. He won the NL Player of the Month award in May 1958 and June 1967. Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in (RBI) (2,297), extra base hits (1,477), and total bases (6,856). Aaron is also in the top five for career hits (3,771) and runs (2,174). He is one of only four players to have at least seventeen seasons with 150 or more hits. Aaron is in second place in home runs (755) and at-bats (12,364), and in third place in games played (3,298). At the time of his retirement, Aaron held most of the game's key career power hitting records.

Since his retirement, Aaron has held front office roles with the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. In 1999, MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award to recognize the top offensive players in each league. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. He was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society in recognition of accomplishments that reflect the ideals of Georgia's founders. Aaron resides near Atlanta.

Jim Bottomley

James Leroy Bottomley (April 23, 1900 – December 11, 1959) was an American professional baseball player. A first baseman, Bottomley played in Major League Baseball from 1922 through 1937 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Browns. He also served as player-manager for the Browns in 1937. Playing for the Cardinals against Brooklyn at Ebbets Field on September 16, 1924, Bottomley set the all-time single game RBI record with 12.Born in Oglesby, Illinois, Bottomley grew up in Nokomis, Illinois. He dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to raise money for his family. While he was playing semi-professional baseball, the Cardinals scouted and signed Bottomley. He won the League Award, given to the most valuable player, in 1928, and was a part of World Series championship teams in 1926 and 1931. Bottomley played for the Cardinals through the 1932 season, after which he was traded to the Reds. After playing for Cincinnati for three years, he played two more seasons with the Browns.

After finishing his playing career with the Browns, Bottomley joined the Chicago Cubs organization as a scout and minor league baseball manager. After suffering a heart attack, Bottomley and his wife retired to raise cattle in Missouri. Bottomley was nicknamed "Sunny Jim" because of his cheerful disposition. Bottomley was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974 by the Veterans Committee and to the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2014.

Jimmie Foxx

James Emory Foxx (October 22, 1907 – July 21, 1967), nicknamed "Double X" and "The Beast", was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies. His most productive years were with the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox, where he hit 30 or more home runs in 12 consecutive seasons and drove in more than 100 runs in 13 consecutive years.

Foxx became the second player in MLB history to hit 500 career home runs, after Babe Ruth. Attaining that plateau at age 32 years 336 days, he held the record for youngest to reach 500 for sixty-eight years, until superseded by Alex Rodriguez in 2007. His three career Most Valuable Player awards are tied for second all-time. Foxx was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951.

Manny Ramirez

Manuel Arístides Ramírez Onelcida (born May 30, 1972) is a Dominican-American former professional baseball outfielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for parts of 19 seasons. He played with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Tampa Bay Rays before playing one season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. Ramirez is recognized for having had great batting skill and power. He was a nine-time Silver Slugger and was one of 27 players to hit 500 career home runs. His 21 grand slams are third all-time, and his 29 postseason home runs are the most in MLB history. He appeared in 12 All-Star Games, with a streak of eleven consecutive games beginning in 1998 that included every season that he played with the Red Sox.Ramirez was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. When he was 13 years old, he moved to New York City with his parents, Onelcida and Aristides. He attended George Washington High School and became a baseball standout. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 1991 MLB draft, 13th overall. He made his MLB debut on September 2, 1993.

In 1994, Ramirez became a major league regular, and finished second in voting for the Rookie of the Year Award. By 1995, he had become an All-Star. He was with the Indians in playoff appearances in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999; this included an appearance in the 1995 and 1997 World Series. In 1999, Ramirez set the Indians' single-season RBIs record with 165 RBIs. After the 2000 season, Ramirez signed with the Boston Red Sox. During his time in Boston, Ramirez and teammate David Ortiz became one of the best offensive tandems in baseball history. Ramirez led the Red Sox to World Series Championships in 2004 and 2007 before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 as part of a three team deal that also involved the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In 2009 Ramirez was suspended 50 games for violating baseball's drug policy by taking human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a women's fertility drug that is often taken after steroids. In the spring of 2011, Ramirez was informed by MLB of another violation of its drug policy, and a 100-game suspension. He chose to retire on April 8 rather than be suspended. However, in September 2011, Ramirez wished to be reinstated and agreed in December with the league to a reduced 50-game suspension. Though he played at various points in the Oakland Athletics, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs systems, as well as internationally, Ramirez did not appear in another Major League game.

Known as a complete hitter who could hit for both power and average, and widely regarded as one of the best right handed hitters of his generation, Ramirez finished his career with a lifetime .312 batting average, 555 home runs (15th all time), and 1,831 RBI (18th all time).

Nap Lajoie

Napoleon Lajoie (; September 5, 1874 – February 7, 1959), also known as Larry Lajoie and nicknamed "The Frenchman", was an American professional baseball second baseman and player-manager. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics (twice), and Cleveland Naps between 1896 and 1916. He managed the Naps from 1905 through 1909.

Lajoie was signed to the National Leagues's (NL) Phillies in 1896. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the upstart American League (AL) was looking to rival the supremacy of the NL and in 1901, Lajoie and dozens of former National League players joined the American League. National League clubs contested the legality of contracts signed by players who jumped to the other league but eventually, Lajoie was allowed to play for Connie Mack's Athletics. During the season, Lajoie set the all-time American League single-season mark for the highest batting average (.426). One year later, Lajoie went to the Cleveland Bronchos where he would play until the 1915 season when he returned to play for Mack and the Athletics. While with Cleveland, Lajoie's popularity led to locals electing to change the club's team name from Bronchos to Napoleons ("Naps" for short), which remained until after Lajoie departed Cleveland and the name was changed to Indians (the team's present-day name).

Lajoie led the AL in batting average five times in his career and four times recorded the highest number of hits. During several of those years with the Naps he and Ty Cobb dominated AL hitting categories and traded batting titles with each other, most notably coming in 1910, when the league's batting champion was not decided until well after the last game of the season and after an investigation by American League President Ban Johnson. Lajoie in 1914 joined Cap Anson and Honus Wagner as the only major league players to record 3,000 career hits. He led the NL or AL in putouts five times in his career and assists three times. He has been called "the best second baseman in the history of baseball" and "the most outstanding player to wear a Cleveland uniform." Cy Young said, "Lajoie was one of the most rugged players I ever faced. He'd take your leg off with a line drive, turn the third baseman around like a swinging door and powder the hand of the left fielder." He was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

Run batted in

A run batted in (RBI), plural runs batted in (RBI or RBIs), is a statistic in baseball and softball that credits a batter for making a play that allows a run to be scored (except in certain situations such as when an error is made on the play). For example, if the batter bats a base hit, then another player on a higher base can head home to score a run, and the batter gets credited with batting in that run.

Before the 1920 Major League Baseball season, runs batted in were not an official baseball statistic. Nevertheless, the RBI statistic was tabulated—unofficially—from 1907 through 1919 by baseball writer Ernie Lanigan, according to the Society for American Baseball Research.Common nicknames for an RBI include "ribby" (or "ribbie"), "rib", and "ribeye". The plural of RBI is generally "RBIs", although some commentators use "RBI" as both singular and plural, as it can also stand for "runs batted in".

Stan Musial

Stanley Frank Musial (; born Stanisław Franciszek Musiał; November 21, 1920 – January 19, 2013), nicknamed Stan the Man, was an American baseball outfielder and first baseman. He spent 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1941 to 1944 and 1946 to 1963. Widely considered to be one of the greatest and most consistent hitters in baseball history, Musial was a first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969, and was also selected to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014.

Musial batted .331 over the course of his career and set National League (NL) records for career hits (3,630), runs batted in (1,951), games played (3,026), at bats (10,972), runs scored (1,949) and doubles (725). His 475 career home runs then ranked second in NL history behind Mel Ott's total of 511. His 6,134 total bases remained a major league record until surpassed by Hank Aaron, and his hit total still ranks fourth all-time, and is the highest by any player who spent his career with only one team. A seven-time batting champion with identical totals of 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 hits on the road, he was named the National League's (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) three times and led St. Louis to three World Series championships. He also shares the major league record for the most All-Star Games played (24) with Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. Musial was born in Donora, Pennsylvania, where he frequently played baseball informally or in organized settings, and eventually played on the baseball team at Donora High School.

Signed to a professional contract by the St. Louis Cardinals as a pitcher in 1938, Musial had arm problems and performed erratically on the mound for two seasons. On the recommendation of minor league manager Dickie Kerr, Musial was converted into an outfielder and made his major league debut in 1941.

Noted for his unique batting stance, he quickly established himself as a consistent and productive hitter. In his first full season, 1942, the Cardinals won the World Series. The following year, he led the NL in six different offensive categories and earned his first MVP award. He was also named to the NL All-Star squad for the first time; he appeared in every All-Star game in every subsequent season he played. Musial won his second World Series championship in 1944, then missed the entire 1945 season while serving in the Navy.

After completing his military service during the war, Musial returned to baseball in 1946 and resumed his consistent hitting. That year he earned his second MVP award and third World Series title. His third MVP award came in 1948, when he finished one home run short of winning baseball's Triple Crown. After struggling offensively in 1959, Musial used a personal trainer to help maintain his productivity until he decided to retire in 1963. At the time of his retirement, he held or shared 17 major league records, 29 National League records, and nine All-Star Game records. Ironically, in 1964, the season following his retirement, the Cardinals went on to defeat the New York Yankees in an epic 7-game clash, for St. Louis' first World Series championship in nearly two decades (a team which included future Hall of Famer Lou Brock performing what would have likely been Musial's left field duties). In addition to overseeing businesses, such as a restaurant both before and after his playing career, Musial served as the Cardinals' general manager in 1967, winning the pennant and World Series, then quitting that position. He also became noted for his harmonica playing, a skill he acquired during his playing career. Known for his modesty and sportsmanship, Musial was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. In February 2011, President Barack Obama presented Musial with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian awards that can be bestowed on a person by the United States government.

Tony Lazzeri

Anthony Michael Lazzeri (December 6, 1903 – August 6, 1946) was an Italian-American professional baseball second baseman during the 1920s and 1930s, predominantly with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He was part of the famed "Murderers' Row" Yankee batting lineup of the late 1920s (most notably the legendary 1927 team), along with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Bob Meusel.

Lazzeri was born and raised in San Francisco, California. He dropped out of school to work with his father as a boilermaker, but at the age of 18, began to play baseball professionally. After playing in minor league baseball from 1922 through 1925, Lazzeri joined the Yankees in 1926. He was a member of the original American League All-Star team in 1933. He was nicknamed "Poosh 'Em Up" by Italian-speaking fans, from a mistranslation of an Italian phrase meaning to "hit it out" (hit a home run).

Lazzeri is one of only 14 major league baseball players to hit for the natural cycle (hitting a single, double, triple and home run in sequence) and the only player to complete a natural cycle with a grand slam. He also holds the American League record for the most RBI in a single game, with 11 on May 24, 1936. In that same 1936 game, he became the first major league player to hit two grand slams in one game. Lazzeri was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1991.

Wilbert Robinson

Wilbert Robinson (June 29, 1863 – August 8, 1934), nicknamed "Uncle Robbie", was an American catcher, coach and manager in Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945.

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