Hit Batsmen Records

Major League Baseball Records for Hit Batsmen

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball milestones for hit batsmen — including career hit batsmen marks, single season hit batsmen plateaus and game related hit batsmen records.

"If the hitter is timid, (a pitcher) he has to remind the hitter he's timid." - Don Drysdale (National League hit batsmen leader for seasons in a career and consecutive seasons in a career)
Hit Batsmen Records

Career Hit Batsmen Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Most Hit Batsmen
In A Career
( Top 100 )

AL

Walter Johnson

Washington

205

205

NL

Pink Hawley

St. Louis

52

201

Pittsburgh

87

Cincinnati

42

New York

20

ML

Gus Weyhing

Philadelphia [AA]

144

277

Brooklyn [PL]

17

Philadelphia [NL]

53

Louisville [NL]

10

Washington [NL]

44

St. Louis [NL]

1

Brooklyn [NL]

2

Cleveland [AL]

4

Cincinnati [NL]

2

Hit Batsmen Records

Single Season Hit Batsmen Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Most Hit Batsmen
In A Season
( Top 100 )

AA

Phil Knell

Columbus

54

1891
AL

Chick Fraser

Philadelphia

32

1901
NL

Joe McGinnity

Brooklyn

41

1900

Most Innings (IP)
Without A Hit Batsmen
During A Season

AL

Alvin Crowder

Washington

327.0

1932
NL

Sandy Koufax

Los Angeles

323.0

1966

Most Seasons
Leading The League

AL

Howard Ehmke

Detroit

6

1920

Detroit

1921

Detroit

1922

Boston

1923

Boston

1925

Philadelphia

1927
NL

Don Drysdale

Los Angeles

5

1958

Los Angeles

1959

Los Angeles

1960

Los Angeles

1961

Los Angeles

1965

Most Seasons
Leading The League
Consecutively

AL

Tommy Byrne

New York

5

1948-1952

St. Louis

NL

Don Drysdale

Los Angeles

4

1958-1961
Hit Batsmen Records

Hit Batsmen Game Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Most Hit Batsmen
In A Game

AA

Ed Knouff

Baltimore

6

04-25-1887
AL James Baldwin Chicago

4

08-17-2000
Bert Blyleven Minnesota 04-22-1988
Tommy Byrne New York 07-05-1950
Mike Fornieles Boston 06-20-1962
Byron Houck Philadelphia 10-04-1912
Charley Hall Boston 04-27-1911
Orlando Hernandez Chicago 06-03-2005
Chief Hogsett St. Louis 05-31-1936
Tommy John Chicago 06-15-1968
Frank Lary Detroit 07-21-1960
Ken McBride Los Angeles 04-23-1964
Charlie Morton Houston 06-09-2018
Omar Olivares Anaheim 06-13-1999
Scott Schoeneweis Anaheim 06-07-2001
Steve Sparks Anaheim 05-22-1999
Tom Hughes Washington 04-18-1913
Victor Zambrano Tampa Bay 07-19-2003
Earl Whitehill Detroit 04-16-1924
NL

John Grimes

St. Louis

6

07-31-1897

Most Hit Batsmen
In An Inning

AL

Raul Alcantara

Oakland

3

09-05-2016
1 st Inning
Bud Black Cleveland 07-08-1988
4 th Inning

Bert Blyleven

Minnesota

09-28-1988
2 nd Inning

Cesar Cabral

New York

04-18-2014
8 th Inning
Bert Gallia Washington 06-20-1913
1 st Inning
Harry Harper New York 08-25-1921
8 th Inning

Tom Morgan

New York

06-30-1954
3 rd Inning

Mike Pelfrey

Minnesota

05-03-2015
4 th Inning
David Price Boston 07-07-2018
5 th Inning
Steve Sparks Anaheim 05-22-1999
3 rd Inning

Javier Vazquez

New York

09-23-2010
7 th Inning
Wilbur Wood Chicago 09-10-1977
1 st Inning
Kirby Yates New York 06-27-2016
9 th Inning
NL

Ray Boggs

Boston

3

09-17-1928
9 th Inning

Matt Clement

Chicago

05-28-2004
5 th Inning

Tom Candiotti

Los Angeles

09-13-1997
1 st Inning

Dock Ellis

Pittsburgh

05-01-1974
1 st Inning

Mark Gardner

Montreal

08-15-1992
1 st Inning

Pink Hawley

St. Louis

07-04-1894
1 st Inning

Pink Hawley

Pittsburgh

05-09-1896
7 th Inning

Kazuhisa Ishii

Los Angeles

07-23-2003
4 th Inning

Joe Kennedy

Arizona

08-14-2007
4 th Inning

Brian Lawrence

San Diego

04-22-2003
4 th Inning

Pat Luby

Chicago

09-05-1890
6 th Inning

Sergio Mitre

Florida

08-31-2007
2 nd Inning

C.J. Nitkowski

Houston

08-03-1998
8 th Inning

Oliver Perez

New York

09-28-2007
3 rd Inning
Deacon Phillippe Pittsburgh 09-25-1905
1 st Inning

Raul Sanchez

Cincinnati

05-15-1960
8 th Inning

Walter Thornton

Chicago

05-18-1898
4 th Inning

Pat Venditte

San Francisco

05-06-2019
6 th Inning
Jeff Weaver Los Angeles 08-21-2004
1 st Inning
Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Hit Batsmen Records | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.



Did you know that in the hit by a pitch in an inning record (above); Dock Ellis , Pink Hawley , C.J. Nitkowski , Steve Sparks , Walter Thornton , Javier Vazquez , Jeff Weaver , and Wilbur Wood all hit the batters in consecutive order?
The record for most hit batsmen by the same pitcher during two consecutive games is held by Sam Shaw , who struck nine batters June 13th and 15th of 1893.
On May 1, 1920 , Leon Cadore of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Joe Oeschger of the Boston Braves faced off in a twenty-six inning game and neither pitcher struck a single batter setting the Major League record for longest game without a hit batsman. The same record in the American League belongs to Ted Lyons of the Chicago White Sox who pitched a twenty-one inning game on May 24, 1929 , and did not strike a single batter.
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