Year by Year Leaders for Runs Batted In

Ever wonder who had the most runs batted in the year you were born? How about players from you favorite team — have they ever led the league in runs batted in?

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a year-by-year leaderboard in Major League runs batted in for every season since 1876. Note: A bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season.

"Somebody will hit four-hundred (.400) again. Somebody will get smart and swing naturally." - Runs Batted In Leader (1907-1909, 1911) / Hall of Famer Ty Cobb

Runs Batted In
Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2018'

1876 - - - 1876

Deacon White

60

Chicago

1877 - - - 1877

Deacon White

49

Boston

1878 - - - 1878

Paul Hines

50

Providence

1879 - - - 1879

Charley Jones

62

Boston

John O'Rourke

Boston

1880 - - - 1880

Cap Anson

74

Chicago

1881 - - - 1881

Cap Anson

82

Chicago

1882 - - - 1882

Cap Anson

83

Chicago

1883 - - - 1883

Dan Brouthers

97

Buffalo

1884 - - - 1884

Cap Anson

102

Chicago

1885 - - - 1885

Cap Anson

108

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

Cap Anson

147

Chicago

1887 - - - 1887

Sam Thompson

166

Detroit

1888 - - - 1888

Cap Anson

84

Chicago

1889 - - - 1889

Roger Connor

130

New York

1890 - - - 1890

Oyster Burns

128

Brooklyn

1891 - - - 1891

Cap Anson

120

Chicago

1892 - - - 1892

Dan Brouthers

124

Brooklyn

1893 - - - 1893

Ed Delahanty

146

Philadelphia

1894 - - - 1894

Hugh Duffy

145

Boston

1895 - - - 1895

Sam Thompson

165

Philadelphia

1896 - - - 1896

Ed Delahanty

126

Philadelphia

1897 - - - 1897

George Davis

136

New York

1898 - - - 1898

Nap Lajoie

127

Philadelphia

1899 - - - 1899

Ed Delahanty

137

Philadelphia

1900 - - - 1900

Elmer Flick

110

Philadelphia

1901 Nap Lajoie

125

Philadelphia 1901

Honus Wagner

126

Pittsburgh

1902 Buck Freeman

121

Boston 1902

Honus Wagner

91

Pittsburgh

1903 Buck Freeman

104

Boston 1903

Sam Mertes

104

New York

1904 Nap Lajoie

102

Cleveland 1904

Bill Dahlen

80

New York

1905 Harry Davis

83

Philadelphia 1905

Cy Seymour

121

Cincinnati

1906 Harry Davis

96

Philadelphia 1906

Joe Nealon

83

Pittsburgh

Harry Steinfeldt

Chicago

1907 Ty Cobb

119

Detroit 1907

Sherry Magee

85

Philadelphia

1908 Ty Cobb

108

Detroit 1908

Honus Wagner

109

Pittsburgh

1909 Ty Cobb

107

Detroit 1909

Honus Wagner

100

Pittsburgh

1910 Sam Crawford

120

Detroit 1910

Sherry Magee

123

Philadelphia

1911 Ty Cobb

127

Detroit 1911

Frank Schulte

107

Chicago

Chief Wilson

Pittsburgh

1912 Frank Baker

130

Philadelphia 1912

Honus Wagner

102

Pittsburgh

1913 Frank Baker

117

Philadelphia 1913

Gavvy Cravath

128

Philadelphia

1914 Sam Crawford

104

Detroit 1914

Sherry Magee

103

Philadelphia

1915 Sam Crawford

112

Detroit 1915

Gavvy Cravath

115

Philadelphia

Bobby Veach Detroit
1916 Del Pratt

103

St. Louis 1916

Heinie Zimmerman

83

Chicago

New York

1917 Bobby Veach

103

Detroit 1917

Heinie Zimmerman

102

New York

1918 Bobby Veach

78

Detroit 1918

Sherry Magee

76

Cincinnati

1919 Babe Ruth

114

Boston 1919

Hy Myers

73

Brooklyn

1920 Babe Ruth

137

New York 1920

Rogers Hornsby

94

St. Louis

High Pockets Kelly

New York

1921 Babe Ruth

171

New York 1921

Rogers Hornsby

126

St. Louis

1922 Ken Williams

155

St. Louis 1922

Rogers Hornsby

152

St. Louis

1923 Babe Ruth

131

New York 1923

Irish Meusel

125

New York

1924 Goose Goslin

129

Washington 1924

High Pockets Kelly

136

New York

1925 Bob Meusel

138

New York 1925

Rogers Hornsby

143

St. Louis

1926 Babe Ruth

146

New York 1926

Jim Bottomley

120

St. Louis

1927 Lou Gehrig

175

New York 1927

Paul Waner

131

Pittsburgh

1928 Lou Gehrig

142

New York 1928

Jim Bottomley

136

St. Louis

Babe Ruth New York
1929 Al Simmons

157

Philadelphia 1929

Hack Wilson

159

Chicago

1930 Lou Gehrig

174

New York 1930

Hack Wilson

191

Chicago

1931 Lou Gehrig

184

New York 1931

Chuck Klein

121

Philadelphia

1932 Jimmie Foxx

169

Philadelphia 1932

Don Hurst

143

Philadelphia

1933 Jimmie Foxx

163

Philadelphia 1933

Chuck Klein

120

Philadelphia

1934 Lou Gehrig

165

New York 1934

Mel Ott

135

New York

1935 Hank Greenberg

170

Detroit 1935

Wally Berger

130

Boston

1936 Hal Trosky

162

Cleveland 1936

Joe Medwick

138

St. Louis

1937 Hank Greenberg

183

Detroit 1937

Joe Medwick

154

St. Louis

1938 Jimmie Foxx

175

Boston 1938

Joe Medwick

122

St. Louis

1939 Ted Williams

145

Boston 1939

Frank McCormick

128

Cincinnati

1940 Hank Greenberg

150

Detroit 1940

Johnny Mize

137

St. Louis

1941 Joe DiMaggio

125

New York 1941

Dolph Camilli

120

Brooklyn

1942 Ted Williams

137

Boston 1942

Johnny Mize

110

New York

1943 Rudy York

118

Detroit 1943

Bill Nicholson

128

Chicago

1944 Vern Stephens

109

St. Louis 1944

Bill Nicholson

122

Chicago

1945 Nick Etten

111

New York 1945

Dixie Walker

124

Brooklyn

1946 Hank Greenberg

127

Detroit 1946

Enos Slaughter

130

St. Louis

1947 Ted Williams

114

Boston 1947

Johnny Mize

138

New York

1948 Joe DiMaggio

155

New York 1948

Stan Musial

131

St. Louis

1949 Vern Stephens

159

Boston 1949

Ralph Kiner

127

Pittsburgh

Ted Williams Boston
1950 Walt Dropo

144

Boston 1950

Del Ennis

126

Philadelphia

Vern Stephens Boston
1951 Gus Zernial

129

Chicago 1951

Monte Irvin

121

New York

Philadelphia
1952 Al Rosen

105

Cleveland 1952

Hank Sauer

121

Chicago

1953 Al Rosen

145

Cleveland 1953

Roy Campanella

142

Brooklyn

1954 Larry Doby

126

Cleveland 1954

Ted Kluszewski

141

Cincinnati

1955 Ray Boone

116

Detroit 1955

Duke Snider

136

Brooklyn

Jackie Jensen Boston
1956 Mickey Mantle

130

New York 1956

Stan Musial

109

St. Louis

1957 Roy Sievers

114

Washington 1957

Hank Aaron

132

Milwaukee

1958 Jackie Jensen

122

Boston 1958

Ernie Banks

129

Chicago

1959 Jackie Jensen

112

Boston 1959

Ernie Banks

143

Chicago

1960 Roger Maris

112

New York 1960

Hank Aaron

126

Milwaukee

1961 Jim Gentile

141

Baltimore 1961

Orlando Cepeda

142

San Francisco

Roger Maris New York
1962 Harmon Killebrew

126

Minnesota 1962

Tommy Davis

153

Los Angeles

1963 Dick Stuart

118

Boston 1963

Hank Aaron

130

Milwaukee

1964 Brooks Robinson

118

Baltimore 1964

Ken Boyer

119

St. Louis

1965 Rocky Colavito

108

Cleveland 1965

Deron Johnson

130

Cincinnati

1966 Frank Robinson

122

Baltimore 1966

Hank Aaron

127

Atlanta

1967 Carl Yastrzemski

121

Boston 1967

Orlando Cepeda

111

St. Louis

1968 Ken Harrelson

109

Boston 1968

Willie McCovey

105

San Francisco

1969 Harmon Killebrew

140

Minnesota 1969

Willie McCovey

126

San Francisco

1970 Frank Howard

126

Washington 1970

Johnny Bench

148

Cincinnati

1971 Harmon Killebrew

119

Minnesota 1971

Joe Torre

137

St. Louis

1972 Dick Allen

113

Chicago 1972

Johnny Bench

125

Cincinnati

1973 Reggie Jackson

117

Oakland 1973

Willie Stargell

119

Pittsburgh

1974 Jeff Burroughs

118

Texas 1974

Johnny Bench

129

Cincinnati

1975 George Scott

109

Milwaukee 1975

Greg Luzinski

120

Philadelphia

1976 Lee May

109

Baltimore 1976

George Foster

121

Cincinnati

1977 Larry Hisle

119

Minnesota 1977

George Foster

149

Cincinnati

1978 Jim Rice

139

Boston 1978

George Foster

120

Cincinnati

1979 Don Baylor

139

California 1979

Dave Winfield

118

San Diego

1980 Cecil Cooper

122

Milwaukee 1980

Mike Schmidt

121

Philadelphia

1981 Eddie Murray

78

Baltimore 1981

Mike Schmidt

91

Philadelphia

1982 Hal McRae

133

Kansas City 1982

Dale Murphy

109

Atlanta

Al Oliver

Montreal

1983 Cecil Cooper

126

Milwaukee 1983

Dale Murphy

121

Atlanta

Jim Rice Boston
1984 Tony Armas

123

Boston 1984

Gary Carter

106

Montreal

Mike Schmidt

Philadelphia

1985 Don Mattingly

145

New York 1985

Dave Parker

125

Cincinnati

1986 Joe Carter

121

Cleveland 1986

Mike Schmidt

119

Philadelphia

1987 George Bell

134

Toronto 1987

Andre Dawson

137

Chicago

1988 Jose Canseco

124

Oakland 1988

Will Clark

109

San Francisco

1989 Ruben Sierra

119

Texas 1989

Kevin Mitchell

125

San Francisco

1990 Cecil Fielder

132

Detroit 1990

Matt Williams

122

San Francisco

1991 Cecil Fielder

133

Detroit 1991

Howard Johnson

117

New York

1992 Cecil Fielder

124

Detroit 1992

Darren Daulton

109

Philadelphia

1993 Albert Belle

129

Cleveland 1993

Barry Bonds

123

San Francisco

1994 Kirby Puckett

112

Minnesota 1994

Jeff Bagwell

116

Houston

1995 Albert Belle

126

Cleveland 1995

Dante Bichette

128

Colorado

Mo Vaughn Boston
1996 Albert Belle

148

Cleveland 1996

Andres Galarraga

150

Colorado

1997 Ken Griffey, Jr.

147

Seattle 1997

Andres Galarraga

140

Colorado

1998 Juan Gonzalez

157

Texas 1998

Sammy Sosa

158

Chicago

1999 Manny Ramirez

165

Cleveland 1999

Mark McGwire

147

St. Louis

2000 Edgar Martinez

145

Seattle 2000

Todd Helton

147

Colorado

2001 Bret Boone

141

Seattle 2001

Sammy Sosa

160

Chicago

2002 Alex Rodriguez

142

Texas 2002

Lance Berkman

128

Houston

2003 Carlos Delgado

145

Toronto 2003

Preston Wilson

141

Colorado

2004 Miguel Tejada

150

Baltimore 2004

Vinny Castilla

131

Colorado

2005 David Ortiz

148

Boston 2005

Andruw Jones

128

Atlanta

2006 David Ortiz

137

Boston 2006

Ryan Howard

149

Philadelphia

2007 Alex Rodriguez

156

New York 2007

Matt Holliday

137

Colorado

2008 Josh Hamilton

130

Texas 2008

Ryan Howard

146

Philadelphia

2009 Mark Teixeira

122

New York 2009

Prince Fielder

141

Milwaukee

Ryan Howard

Philadelphia

2010 Miguel Cabrera

126

Detroit 2010

Albert Pujols

118

St. Louis

2011 Curtis Granderson

119

New York 2011

Matt Kemp

126

Los Angeles

2012 Miguel Cabrera

139

Detroit 2012

Chase Headley

115

San Diego

2013 Chris Davis

138

Baltimore 2013

Paul Goldschmidt

125

Arizona

2014 Mike Trout

111

Los Angeles 2014

Adrian Gonzalez

116

Los Angeles

2015 Josh Donaldson

123

Toronto 2015

Nolan Arenado

130

Colorado

2016 Edwin Encarnacion

127

Toronto 2016

Nolan Arenado

133

Colorado

David Ortiz Boston
2017 Nelson Cruz

119

Seattle 2017

Giancarlo Stanton

132

Miami

2018 J.D. Martinez

130

Boston 2018

Javier Baez

111

Chicago

Current Through 2018 Season


During the 1896 season Hughie Jennings drove in one-hundred twenty-one runs, yet he did not hit a single home run all season long.

Did you know that Baseball Almanac has more than thirty runs batted in records in our record book section (click the link to see them)?

You can easily use this chart to determine first leaders from your favorite team, multiple leaders, consecutive leaders and other trivia answers.

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