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

PlayerRBITeam[1]Season
Hack Wilson191Chicago Cubs1930
Lou Gehrig184New York Yankees1931
Hank Greenberg183Detroit Tigers1937
Lou Gehrig175New York Yankees1927
Jimmie Foxx175Boston Red Sox1938
Lou Gehrig174New York Yankees1930
Babe Ruth171New York Yankees1921
Chuck Klein170Philadelphia Phillies1930
Hank Greenberg170Detroit Tigers1935
Jimmie Foxx169Philadelphia Athletics1932
Joe DiMaggio167New York Yankees1937
Sam Thompson166Detroit Wolverines1887
Sam Thompson165Philadelphia Phillies1895
Al Simmons165Philadelphia Athletics1930
Lou Gehrig165New York Yankees1934
Manny Ramírez165Cleveland Indians1999
Babe Ruth164New York Yankees1927
Babe Ruth163New York Yankees1931
Jimmie Foxx163Philadelphia Athletics1933
Hal Trosky162Cleveland Indians1936
Sammy Sosa160Chicago Cubs2001

Evolution of the single season record for runs batted in

RBI[2]PlayerTeamYearYears record stood
60Deacon WhiteChicago White Stockings18763
62Charley JonesBoston Red Caps18791
62John O'Rourke (r)Boston Red Caps18791
74Cap AnsonChicago White Stockings18801
82Cap AnsonChicago White Stockings18811
83Cap AnsonChicago White Stockings18821
97Dan BrouthersBuffalo Bisons18831
102Cap AnsonChicago White Stockings18841
108Cap AnsonChicago White Stockings18851
147Cap AnsonChicago White Stockings18861
166Sam ThompsonDetroit Wolverines188734
171Babe RuthNew York Yankees19216
175Lou GehrigNew York Yankees19273
191Hack WilsonChicago Cubs193087 (current)

Four or more seasons with 130 runs batted in

PlayerYearsSeasons and teams
Babe Ruth[3]101920–21, 23, 26–32 New York (AL)
Lou Gehrig[4]91927–28, 30–34, 36–37 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx[5]61930, 32–34 Philadelphia; 36, 38 Boston (AL)
Hank Greenberg[6]51934–35, 37–38, 40 Detroit
Alex Rodriguez[7]52000 Seattle; 01-02 Texas; 05, 07 New York (AL)
Ryan Howard[8]42006–09 Philadelphia (NL)
Joe DiMaggio[9]41937–38, 40, 48 New York (AL)
Juan González[10]41996–98 Texas; 2001 Cleveland
Ken Griffey, Jr.[11]41996–99 Seattle
Sammy Sosa[12]41998–2001 Chicago (NL)
Manny Ramírez[13]41998–99 Cleveland; 2004–05 Boston (AL)

Five or more consecutive seasons with 120 runs batted in

PlayerYearsSeasons and teams
Lou Gehrig81927–34 New York (AL)
Babe Ruth71926–32 New York (AL)
Joe DiMaggio61936–41 New York (AL)
Jim Bottomley[14]51925–29 St. Louis (NL)
Chuck Klein[15]51929–33 Philadelphia (NL)
Jimmie Foxx51930–34 Philadelphia (AL)
Henry Aaron[16]51959–63 Milwaukee (NL)

Ten or more seasons with 100 runs batted in

PlayerYearsSeasons and teams
Alex Rodriguez141996, 98–2000 Seattle; 01–03 Texas; 04–10 New York (AL)
Albert Pujols[17]142001–10 St. Louis (NL), 12, 14, 16, 17 Los Angeles Angels
Babe Ruth131919 Boston (AL); 20–21, 23–24, 26–33 New York (AL)
Lou Gehrig131926–38 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx131929–35 Philadelphia (AL); 36–41 Boston (AL)
Al Simmons[18]121924–32 Philadelphia (AL); 33–34 Chicago (AL); 36 Detroit
Barry Bonds[19]121990–92 Pittsburgh; 93, 95–98, 2000–02, 04 San Francisco
Manny Ramírez121995–96, 98–2000 Cleveland; 01-06 Boston (AL); 08 Boston (AL)-Los Angeles (NL)
Miguel Cabrera[20]122004–2007 Florida; 08–14, 16 Detroit
Goose Goslin[21]111924–28 Washington (AL); 30 Washington (AL)-St. Louis (AL); 31–32 St. Louis (AL); 34–36 Detroit
Frank Thomas[22]111991–98, 2000, 03 Chicago (AL); 06 Oakland
Stan Musial[23]101946, 48–51, 53–57 St. Louis (NL)
Willie Mays[24]101954–55, 59–66 New York-San Francisco
Henry Aaron111955, 1957, 59–63, 66–67, 70–71 Milwaukee-Atlanta
Joe Carter[25]101986–87, 89 Cleveland; 90 San Diego; 91–94, 96–97 Toronto
Rafael Palmeiro[26]101993, 99–2003 Texas; 95–98 Baltimore
Vladimir Guerrero[27]101998–2002 Montreal; 2004 Anaheim Texas; 2005–2007 Los Angeles Angels; 2008 Texas

Eight or more consecutive seasons with 100 runs batted in

PlayerYearsSeasons and teams
Lou Gehrig131926–38 New York (AL)
Jimmie Foxx131929–35 Philadelphia (AL); 36–41 Boston (AL)
Alex Rodriguez131998–2000 Seattle; 01–03 Texas; 04–10 New York (AL)
Al Simmons111924–32 Philadelphia (AL); 33–34 Chicago (AL)
Miguel Cabrera112004–2007 Florida; 08–14 Detroit
Albert Pujols102001–10 St. Louis (NL)
Albert Belle91992–96 Cleveland; 97–98 Chicago (AL); 99–2000 Baltimore
Rafael Palmeiro91995–98 Baltimore; 99–2003 Texas
Manny Ramírez91998–2000 Cleveland; 01–06 Boston (AL)
Sammy Sosa91995–2003 Chicago (NL)
Chipper Jones81996–2003 Atlanta Braves
Babe Ruth81926–33 New York (AL)
Mel Ott[28]81929–36 New York (NL)
Willie Mays81959–66 New York—San Francisco
Frank Thomas81991–98 Chicago (AL)
Mark Teixeira82004–07 Rangers; 07–08 Atlanta Braves; 08 Angels; 09–11 New York

League leader in runs batted in, five or more seasons

PlayerTitlesSeasons and teams[2]
Cap Anson81880–82, 84–86, 88, 91 Chicago (NL)
Babe Ruth61919 Boston (AL); 20–21, 23, 26, 28 New York (AL)
Honus Wagner51901–02, 08–09, 12 Pittsburgh

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

PlayerTitlesSeasons and teams
Cap Anson31880–82 Chicago White Stockings
Cap Anson31884–86 Chicago White Stockings
Ty Cobb31907–09 Detroit
Babe Ruth31919 Boston (AL); 20–21 New York (AL)
Rogers Hornsby31920–22 St. Louis (NL)
Joe Medwick31936–38 St. Louis (NL)
George Foster31976–78 Cincinnati
Cecil Fielder31990–92 Detroit

League leader in runs batted in, three decades

PlayerSeasons and teams
Cap Anson1880–82, 84–86, 88, 91 Chicago (NL)

League leader in runs batted in, both leagues

PlayerSeasons and teams
Napoleon Lajoie1898 Philadelphia (NL); 1901 Philadelphia (AL); 1904 Cleveland

League leader in runs batted in, three different teams

PlayerSeasons and teams
Napoleon Lajoie1898 Philadelphia (NL); 1901 Philadelphia (AL); 1904 Cleveland

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

RBIsPlayerTeamDateOpponent
12Jim Bottomley[29]St. Louis CardinalsSeptember 16, 1924Brooklyn Robins
12Mark Whiten[30]St. Louis CardinalsSeptember 7, 1993Cincinnati Reds
11Wilbert Robinson[31]Baltimore OriolesJune 10, 1882St. Louis Browns
11Tony Lazzeri[32]New York YankeesMay 24, 1936Philadelphia Athletics
11Phil Weintraub[33]New York GiantsApril 30, 1944Brooklyn Dodgers
10Rudy York[34]Boston Red SoxJuly 27, 1946St. Louis Browns
10Walker Cooper[35]Cincinnati RedsJuly 6, 1949Chicago Cubs
10Norm Zauchin[36]Boston Red SoxMay 27, 1955Washington Senators
10Reggie Jackson[37]Oakland AthleticsJune 14, 1969Boston Red Sox
10Fred Lynn (r)[38]Boston Red SoxJune 18, 1975Detroit Tigers
10Nomar Garciaparra[39]Boston Red SoxMay 10, 1999Seattle Mariners
10Alex Rodriguez[40]New York YankeesApril 26, 2005Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
10Garret Anderson[41]Los Angeles Angels of AnaheimAugust 21, 2007New York Yankees
10Anthony RendonWashington NationalsApril 30, 2017New York Mets
10Scooter GennettCincinnati RedsJune 6, 2017St. Louis Cardinals
10Mark ReynoldsWashington NationalsJuly 7, 2018Miami Marlins

950 runs batted in by a team in one season

RBITeam[42]Season
1,043Boston Beaneaters1894
1,007Philadelphia Phillies1894
997New York Yankees1936
990New York Yankees1931
986New York Yankees1930
974Boston Red Sox1950
960Cleveland Indians1999
954New York Yankees1932
954Seattle Mariners1996

See also

References

  1. Season RBI Statistics @ Baseball Almanac.com
  2. 1 2 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. Mel Ott statistics @ mlb.com
  29. Jim Bottomley bio with ref. to his 12 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-10-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  30. Box score of Mark Whiten's 12 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com
  31. Wilbert Robinson bio. with ref. to his 11 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  32. Tony Lazzeri's Hall-of-Fame bio and plaque, both referencing his 11 RBI game @ Baseball Hall of Fame.org
  33. Phil Weintraub's 11 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-09-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  34. Rudy York's 10 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-10-18 at the Wayback Machine.
  35. Cincinnati Enquirer lists this as the 38th greatest moment in Reds history
  36. News clip of Zauchon's 10 RBI game Archived 2006-11-04 at the Wayback Machine.
  37. Jackson bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  38. Lynn bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ Baseball Library.com Archived 2007-10-12 at the Wayback Machine.
  39. Garciaparra bio with reference to his 10 RBI game @ The Baseball Page.com
  40. Home New Tribune Article @ USA Today.com about A-Rod's 10 RBI game
  41. MSNBC article detailing Anderson's 10 RBI game
  42. Historic Team RBI statistics @ mlb.com
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