Sunday, September 6, 2009

Most Hits by Decade

1880's-1930's
1880's: Cap Anson: 1502
1890's: Ed Delahanty: 1862
1900's: Honus Wagner: 1847
1910's: Ty Cobb: 1948
1920's: Rogers Hornsby: 2085
1930's: Paul Waner: 1959

1940's-2000's
1940's: Lou Bodreau: 1578
1950's: Richie Ashburn: 1875
1960's: Roberto Clemente: 1877
1970's: Pete Rose: 2045
1980's: Robin Yount: 1731
1990's: Mark Grace: 1754
2000's: Ichiro Suzuki: 1996

The hit totals in 1940's were skewed because of WWII. Many players missed significant playing time due to the war, such as Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio, who did not play at all from 1943-1945.

Ted Williams had 1303 hits over the other 7 years that he played during the decade, which is an average of 186 hits per year. Assuming he would collected 186 hits per year from 1943-1945, he would have finished the 40's with 1861 hits, nearly 300 more than Boudreau's total.

Multiple Decade Leaders:
1900-1920: Honus Wagner: 2967
1921-1940: Al Simmons: 2894
1941-1960: Stan Musial: 3294
1961-1980: Pete Rose: 3557
1981-2009: Cal Ripken: 3184

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