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Most Hits in a MLB Season

Explore record-breaking achievements in baseball. Find out which players made history with the most hits in a season.

June 11, 2024

Let’s hear it for the good old-fashioned base hit. In the modern era of OPS, OPS+, WAR, WHIP, WRC+, and any other acronym you can think of — still, at the very essence of baseball is the hit. A player finding a spot to put the ball where no one can get to it.

Hits launch rallies, extend rallies, create momentum and drive pitchers crazy. They’re the stuff of legend — Pete Rose chasing Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak for several summer weeks in 1978 or the Pirates’ Rennie Stennett going 7-for-7 in a game in 1975.

Here is a list of the players with the most hits in a MLB season and how these players impacted their teams’ seasons.

Most Hits in a Season

The Top 10:

262 — Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners, 2004

The former Japanese league star broke George Sisler’s 84-year-old record in the last series of the 2004 season, on Oct. 1. Suzuki had four 50-hit months to tie Pete Rose’s record.

257 — George Sisler, St. Louis Browns, 1920

The first baseman batted .407 — including a stunning .442 in August and .448 in September — and played in every inning of every game.

254 — Lefty O’Doul, Philadelphia Phillies, 1929

After a sore arm forced him to stop pitching, O’Doul converted to becoming a power hitter, with great success. After being traded to the Phillies in 1929 — his fourth major league team — O’Doul had 254 hits, a .398 batting average, 32 home runs, 122 RBI and a 1.087 OPS.

254 — Bill Terry, New York Giants, 1930

The first baseman batted .401 in 1930, the last time anyone has topped .400 in the National League. Terry also was fifth in on-base percentage (.452) and seventh in slugging percentage (.619).

253 — Al Simmons, Philadelphia Athletics, 1925

In his second season with the A’s, Simmons had 85 multi-hit games, which remains a single-season record. In addition to his 253 hits, Simmons batted .387 with 24 home runs and 129 runs batted in.

250 — Chuck Klein, Philadelphia Phillies, 1930

The son of immigrant farmers set still-standing team records for doubles (59), total bases (445), batting average (.386), RBIs (170) and slugging percentage (.687).

250 — Rogers Hornsby, St. Louis Cardinals, 1922

Hornsby recorded the first of his two Triple Crowns, with a .401 batting average, 42 home runs and 152 RBIs. He also had a .722 slugging percentage, which remains the highest ever for players with 600 or more at-bats.

248 — Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers, 1911

“The Georgia Peach,” one of the fiercest and some say meanest players ever, edged “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in the final days of the season to win the batting championship, .420 to .408. Cobb also led the American League in RBIs (127), stolen bases (83), triples (24), slugging percentage (.621) and runs scored (147).

246 — George Sisler, St. Louis Browns, 1922

Sisler batted .420, the third-highest average by any player after 1900, and won the AL MVP award.

242 — Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners, 2001

Suzuki played in his first MLB season in 2001 after winning seven straight batting titles in the NPB Pacific League. In his debut season in the U.S., Ichiro helped lead the Mariners to an American League-record 116 victories and batted .350. He won both AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP.

The Legacy and Impact of Hit Records

With players getting less at-bats than they used to, it’s unlikely that many players will crack the upper echelon of high hit totals. Since Darin Erstad collected 240 in 2000, no player except Ichiro Suzuki has gotten into the top 25.

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Alex Valdes
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