List of Major League Baseball career fielding errors as an outfielder leaders

In baseball statistics, an error is an act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or baserunner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out.

An outfielder is a person playing in one of the three defensive positions in baseball, farthest from the batter. These defenders are the left fielder, the center fielder, and the right fielder. An outfielder's duty is to try to catch long fly balls before they hit the ground or to quickly catch or retrieve and return to the infield any other balls entering the outfield. Outfielders normally play behind the six other members of the defense who play in or near the infield. By convention, each of the nine defensive positions in baseball is numbered. The outfield positions are 7 (left field), 8 (center field) and 9 (right field). These numbers are shorthand designations useful in baseball scorekeeping and are not necessarily the same as the squad numbers worn on player uniforms.

Tom Brown is the all-time leader in errors committed by an outfielder with 492 career. Brown is the only outfielder to commit more than 400 career errors. Dummy Hoy (394), Paul Hines (385), Jesse Burkett (383), George Gore (368), Jimmy Ryan (366), George Van Haltren (358), and Ned Hanlon (350) are the only other outfielders to commit more than 300 career errors.

Key

RankRank amongst leaders in career errors committed. A blank field indicates a tie.
PlayerName of player.
E as OFTotal career errors committed as an outfielder.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.

List

Rank Player E as OF
1 Tom Brown 492
2 Dummy Hoy 394
3 Paul Hines 385
4 Jesse Burkett * 383
5 George Gore 368
6 Jimmy Ryan 366
7 George Van Haltren 358
8 Ned Hanlon * 350
9 Jim O'Rourke * 297
10 Tom York 291
11 Billy Hamilton * 289
12 Abner Dalrymple 285
13 George Wood 276
14 Ty Cobb * 271
15 Pete Browning 269
16 Tommy McCarthy * 262
17 King Kelly * 259
Orator Shafer 259
19 Fred Clarke * 256
20 Charley Jones 252
21 Pete Hotaling 246
22 Blondie Purcell 241
23 Max Carey * 235
24 Harry Stovey 230
25 Walt Wilmot 228
26 Tris Speaker * 222
27 Hugh Duffy * 220
28 Clyde Milan 216
29 Kip Selbach 214
30 Goose Goslin * 209
31 Emmett Seery 203
32 Patsy Donovan 201
33 Mike Smith 200
34 Jimmy Sheckard 197
35 Lou Brock * 196
Jack Manning 196
37 Cliff Carroll 194
38 Dick Johnston 193
39 Ed Swartwood 187
Mike Tiernan 187
41 Curt Welch 185
42 Sam Rice * 184
Burt Shotton 184
44 Zack Wheat * 183
45 Paul Radford 179
46 Joe Hornung 178
Jack Remsen 178
48 Cy Seymour 177
49 Mike Griffin 174
50 Sam Thompson * 172
Rank Player E as OF
51 Tip O'Neill 169
52 John Cassidy 168
53 Tilly Walker 167
Jimmy Wolf 167
55 Ed Delahanty * 166
56 Chief Roseman 162
57 Jim McTamany 161
58 Ned Cuthbert 160
59 Joe Sommer 157
60 Roy Johnson 156
61 Mike Dorgan 155
Babe Ruth * 155
63 Jimmy McAleer 154
Gee Walker 154
65 Eddie Burke 153
66 Harry Hooper * 151
67 Bill Crowley 150
Jimmy Slagle 150
Bobby Veach 150
70 Duff Cooley 146
Dave Eggler 146
Andy Leonard 146
Hugh Nicol 146
74 Ed Daily 145
Elmer Flick 145
Fred Treacey 145
77 Fielder Jones 144
Joe Kelley * 144
79 Sam Crawford * 143
Ducky Holmes 143
Mike Mansell 143
82 Steve Brodie 142
Patrick Gillespie 142
Reggie Jackson * 142
Dave Parker 142
86 Dick Harley 141
Rickey Henderson * 141
Bob Johnson 141
Willie Mays * 141
90 Roberto Clemente * 140
91 Ginger Beaumont 139
92 Willie Keeler * 138
93 George Browne 137
John Coleman 137
Tommy Dowd 137
Edd Roush * 137
Ken Williams 137
98 Billy Sunday 136
99 Mike Donlin 135
Chuck Klein * 135

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