Sunday, September 6, 2009

Most Hits by Decade

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: 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


  1. Not sure if you are counting decades as 10 years ending in 0-9 or 1-0, but if the former Ichiro's accomplishment is even more amazing since he only played in MLB since 2001, ie he racked up more hits in 9 years than most other players in MLB history could manage in 10.

    1. Using Mark Grace's stats from the 90's it appears he starts from 00 and ends in 09

  2. yeah all singles!
    mostly has to do with speed.

    ichiro is a good player
    ha has never been a great one

  3. Ichiro Suzuki is not a great player?
    -.331 career average
    -averages 229 hits every year
    -averages 160 games played every year
    -averages 40 stolen bases every year
    -.993 career fielding average
    -9 Gold Gloves in 10 seasons
    What constitutes a "great" player, beacuse I am confused?

  4. Good grief! How can you say he is not a great player? No other players in MLB history has had as many consecutive 200 hit seasons as him. The guy is super fast, hits for a high average, scores 100 runs a season, steals bases and is a great outfielder.

    If you want to say that he is all "singles and doubles" with very little home runs... go ahead. But that doesn't diminish his accomplishments or his greatness.

    Everyone is in love with the long-ball. The guy is a lead-off hitter, not a clean-up hitter. I guess Tony Gwynn was not that good either, eh?

  5. His job as the leadoff hitter is get on base and score runs and that's what he does. The year he was MVP, his knock was he was a slap hitter. 242 hits his "rookie" yet. Do you know how many players don't get 242 hits in a career? Plus he has the power to hit them out if you've ever seen him in BP. Basehits are the major part of his game. I think he will eventually break Rose's record for hits even if it's unofficial.

    1. i agree, as far as getting on base ect..not sure about breaking the records. possible but never know. basehits are much part of his game...very true.

  6. Nice post! FYI, you spelled Lou Boudreau's name wrong.

  7. What would Ichiro have done if he spent his entire career in the majors ?

  8. we'll never know if ichiro would have broken more records will we?

  9. Pete Rose in my opinion is not given enough credit in baseball in he was 1) a great leadoff hitter, 2) had top ten runs created many times but is still nudged off a lot of people's list when it comes to leadoff because he was a singles hitter? He actually acknowledged this very early in his career.

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  12. I agree. Rose did say early that he was a singles hitter. 13 year run of runs created not seen since it began. #2 leadoff guy only to R.Henderson.

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