Year by Year Leaders for Batting Average

Major League Baseball Batting Champions

Ted Williams once commented about those that fail 'only' seven times out of ten attempts will be the greatest in the game. He was right about that and the list of batting champions below, reflects those great hitters who truly dominated during a single season of play.

Note: Three point one (3.1) plate appearances per scheduled game are needed to win a Major League batting title and a bold faced entry denotes that the player was active during the previous Major League season. In some instances the rules of the day (per the instructions set forth by Major League Baseball, Inc.) were used to determine the batting champion and Baseball Almanac is pleased to present the official list of batting title holders.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"There is always some kid who may be seeing me for the first or last time - I owe him my best." - Batting Champion (1939-1940) Joe DiMaggio in The 100 Greatest American Athletes (Martin Gitlin, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 10/15/2018, They Said It , Page 254)

Batting Average / Batting Title
Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876
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.429 (.42857)

Chicago

1877
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.387 (.38722)

Boston

1878
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.358 (.35798)

Providence

1879
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.357 (.35697)

Providence

1880
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.360 (.36025)

Chicago

1881
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.399 (.39942)

Chicago

1882
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.368 (.36752)

Buffalo

1883
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.374 (.37412)

Buffalo

1884
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.354 (.35398)

Chicago

1885
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.371 (.37143)

New York

1886
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.388 (.38803)

Chicago

1887
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.347 (.34746)

Chicago

1888
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.344 (.34369)

Chicago

1889
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.373 (.37320)

Boston

1890
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.336 (.33594)

New York

1891
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.340 (.33966)

Philadelphia

1892
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.335 (.33503)

Brooklyn

1893
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.370 (.37000)

Philadelphia

1894
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.440 (.43970)

Boston

1895
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.409 (.40909)

Cleveland

1896
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.410 (.40956)

Cleveland

1897
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.424 (.42376)

Baltimore

1898
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.385 (.38503)

Baltimore

1899
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.410 (.40964)

Philadelphia

1900
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.381 (.38140)

Pittsburgh

.421 (.42096)

Philadelphia

.376 (.37604)

St. Louis

.376 (.37632)

Washington

.357 (.35675)

Pittsburgh

.357 (.35670)

Cleveland

.355 (.35547)

Pittsburgh

.382 (.38156)

Cleveland

.349 (.34898)

Pittsburgh

.308 (.30800)

Cleveland

.377 (.37694)

Cincinnati

.358 (.35800)

St. Louis

.339 (.33915)

Pittsburgh

.350 (.35041)

Detroit

.350 (.34951)

Pittsburgh

.324 (.32358)

Detroit

.354 (.35387)

Pittsburgh

.377 (.37696)

Detroit

.339 (.33939)

Pittsburgh

.383 (.38339)

Detroit

.331 (.33141)

Philadelphia

.420 (.41963)

Detroit

.334 (.33404)

Pittsburgh

.409 (.40868)

Detroit

.372 (.37163)

Chicago

.390 (.39018)

Detroit

.350 (.35039)

Brooklyn

.368 (.36811)

Detroit

.329 (.32911)

Brooklyn

.369 (.36945)

Detroit

.320 (.31980)

New York

.386 (.38645)

Cleveland

.339 (.33948)

Cincinnati

.383 (.38265)

Detroit

.341 (.34100)

Cincinnati

.382 (.38242)

Detroit

.335 (.33496)

Brooklyn

.384 (.38431)

Detroit

.321 (.32143)

Cincinnati

.407 (.40729)

St. Louis

.370 (.37012)

St. Louis

.394 (.39369)

Detroit

.397 (.39696)

St. Louis

.420 (.41980)

St. Louis

.401 (.40128)

St. Louis

.403 (.40267)

Detroit

.384 (.38443)

St. Louis

.378 (.37807)

New York

.424 (.42351)

St. Louis

.393 (.39267)

Detroit

.403 (.40278)

St. Louis

.378 (.37751)

Detroit

.353 (.35276)

Cincinnati

.398 (.39802)

Detroit

.380 (.38042)

Pittsburgh

.379 (.37938)

Washington

.387 (.38683)

Boston

.369 (.36926)

Cleveland

.398 (.39812)

Philadelphia

.381 (.38087)

Philadelphia

.401 (.40126)

New York

.390 (.38986)

Philadelphia

.349 (.34889)

St. Louis

.367 (.36734)

Boston

.368 (.36807)

Brooklyn

Detroit

.356 (.35602)

Philadelphia

.368 (.36799)

Philadelphia

.363 (.36269)

New York

.362 (.36227)

Pittsburgh

.349 (.34903)

Washington

.385 (.38477)

Pittsburgh

.388 (.38783)

Chicago

.373 (.37265)

Pittsburgh

.371 (.37057)

Detroit

.374 (.37441)

St. Louis

.349 (.34867)

Boston

.342 (.34151)

Cincinnati

.381 (.38095)

New York

.349 (.34929)

St. Louis

.352 (.35236)

New York

.317 (.31675)

Chicago

.406 (.40570)

Boston

.343 (.34328)

Brooklyn

.356 (.35632)

Boston

.330 (.33009)

Boston

.328 (.32821)

Chicago

.357 (.35656)

St. Louis

.327 (.32705)

Cleveland

.357 (.35701)

Brooklyn

.309 (.30854)

New York

.355 (.35542)

Chicago

.353 (.35264)

Washington

.365 (.36538)

St. Louis

.343 (.34280)

Boston

.371 (.37090)

Philadelphia

St. Louis

.369 (.36935)

Boston

.376 (.37643)

St. Louis

.343 (.34291)

Detroit

.342 (.34233)

Brooklyn

.354 (.35377)

Boston

.346 (.34595)

St. Louis

.344 (.34352)

Philadelphia

.355 (.35467)

St. Louis

.327 (.32714)

Philadelphia

.336 (.33564)

St. Louis

.337 (.33717)

Washington

.344 (.34447)

Brooklyn

.341 (.34054)

Cleveland

.345 (.34513)

New York

.340 (.34014)

Detroit

.338 (.33771)

Philadelphia

.353 (.35272)

New York

.328 (.32840)

Milwaukee

.388 (.38809)

Boston

.351 (.35060)

St. Louis

.328 (.32846)

Boston

.350 (.34959)

Philadelphia

.353 (.35294)

Detroit

.355 (.35453)

Milwaukee

.320 (.32008)

Boston

.325 (.32461)

Pittsburgh

.361 (.36075)

Detroit

.351 (.35140)

Pittsburgh

.326 (.32562)

Boston

.346 (.34586)

Los Angeles

.321 (.32105)

Boston

.326 (.32554)

Los Angeles

.323 (.32292)

Minnesota

.339 (.33923)

Pittsburgh

.321 (.32118)

Minnesota

.329 (.32937)

Pittsburgh

.316 (.31597)

Baltimore

.342 (.34206)

Pittsburgh

.326 (.32642)

Boston

.357 (.35726)

Pittsburgh

.301 (.30056)

Boston

.335 (.33546)

Cincinnati

.332 (.33187)

Minnesota

.348 (.34769)

Cincinnati

.329 (.32899)

California

.366 (.36610)

Atlanta

.337 (.33675)

Minnesota

.363 (.36278)

St. Louis

.318 (.31776)

Minnesota

.333 (.33275)

Chicago

.350 (.35000)

Minnesota

.338 (.33824)

Cincinnati

.364 (.36394)

Minnesota

.353 (.35314)

Atlanta

.359 (.35888)

Minnesota

.354 (.35409)

Chicago

.333 (.33333)

Kansas City

.339 (.33852)

Chicago

.388 (.38799)

Minnesota

.338 (.33752)

Pittsburgh

.333 (.33333)

Minnesota

.334 (.33391)

Pittsburgh

.333 (.33333)

Boston

.344 (.34426)

St. Louis

.390 (.38975)

Kansas City

.324 (.32353)

Chicago

.336 (.33584)

Boston

.341 (.34050)

Pittsburgh

.332 (.33162)

Kansas City

.331 (.33063)

Montreal

.361 (.36082)

Boston

.323 (.32346)

Pittsburgh

.343 (.34328)

New York

.351 (.35149)

San Diego

.368 (.36753)

Boston

.353 (.35294)

St. Louis

.357 (.35690)

Boston

.334 (.33448)

Montreal

.363 (.36298)

Boston

.370 (.37012)

San Diego

.366 (.36644)

Boston

.313 (.31286)

San Diego

.339 (.33858)

Minnesota

.336 (.33609)

San Diego

.329 (.32904)

Kansas City

.335 (.33533)

St. Louis

.341 (.34126)

Texas

.319 (.31911)

Atlanta

.343 (.34280)

Seattle

.330 (.33034)

San Diego

.363 (.36298)

Toronto

.370 (.37021)

Colorado

.359 (.35870)

New York

.394 (.39379)

San Diego

.356 (.35616)

Seattle

.368 (.36822)

San Diego

.358 (.35774)

Seattle

.353 (.35254)

San Diego

.347 (.34717)

Chicago

.372 (.37162)

San Diego

.339 (.33868)

New York

.363 (.36343)

Colorado

.357 (.35714)

Boston

.379 (.37899)

Colorado

.372 (.37240)

Boston

.372 (.37241)

Colorado

.350 (.34971)

Seattle

.350 (.35010)

Colorado

.349 (.34862)

Boston

.370 (.36972)

San Francisco

.326 (.32634)

Boston

.359 (.35871)

St. Louis

.372 (.37216)

Seattle

.362 (.36193)

San Francisco

.331 (.33084)

Texas

.335 (.33502)

Chicago

.347 (.34741)

Minnesota

.344 (.34364)

Pittsburgh

.363 (.36303)

Detroit

.340 (.33962)

Colorado

.328 (.32836)

Minnesota

.364 (.36446)

Atlanta

.365 (.36520)

Minnesota

.342 (.34201)

Florida

.359 (.35907)

Texas

.336 (.33560)

Colorado

.344 (.34441)

Detroit

.337 (.33706)

New York

.330 (.32958)

Detroit

.336 (.33585)

San Francisco

.348 (.34775)

Detroit

.331 (.33129)

Colorado

.341 (.34091)

Houston

.319 (.31873)

Colorado

.338 (.33799)

Detroit

.333 (.33333)

Miami

.338 (.33750)

Houston

.348 (.34783)

Colorado

.346 (.34576)

Houston

.331 (.33075)

Colorado

.346 (.34615)

Boston

.326 (.32578)

Milwaukee

.335 (.33534)

Chicago

.329 (.32924)

Milwaukee

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