Year by Year Leaders for Hits

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

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

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"There is no one correct way to bat, and so of course there is no one correct stance for it." - Hits Leader (1943-1944, 1946, 1948-1949, 1952) / Hall of Famer Stan Musial

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Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Ross Barnes

138

Chicago

1877 - - - 1877

Deacon White

103

Boston

1878 - - - 1878

Joe Start

100

Chicago

1879 - - - 1879

Paul Hines

146

Providence

1880 - - - 1880

Abner Dalrymple

126

Chicago

1881 - - - 1881

Cap Anson

137

Chicago

1882 - - - 1882

Dan Brouthers

129

Buffalo

1883 - - - 1883

Dan Brouthers

159

Buffalo

1884 - - - 1884

Jim O'Rourke

162

Buffalo

Ezra Sutton

Boston

1885 - - - 1885

Roger Connor

169

New York

1886 - - - 1886

Hardy Richardson

189

Detroit

1887 - - - 1887

Sam Thompson

171

Detroit

1888 - - - 1888

Jimmy Ryan

182

Chicago

1889 - - - 1889

Jack Glasscock

205

Indianapolis

1890 - - - 1890

Jack Glasscock

172

New York

Sam Thompson

Philadelphia

1891 - - - 1891

Billy Hamilton

179

Philadelphia

1892 - - - 1892

Dan Brouthers

197

Brooklyn

1893 - - - 1893

Sam Thompson

222

Philadelphia

1894 - - - 1894

Hugh Duffy

237

Boston

1895 - - - 1895

Jesse Burkett

225

Cleveland

1896 - - - 1896

Jesse Burkett

240

Cleveland

1897 - - - 1897

Willie Keeler

239

Baltimore

1898 - - - 1898

Willie Keeler

216

Baltimore

1899 - - - 1899

Ed Delahanty

238

Philadelphia

1900 - - - 1900

Willie Keeler

204

Brooklyn

1901 Nap Lajoie

229

Philadelphia 1901

Jesse Burkett

226

St. Louis

1902 Charlie Hickman

193

Boston 1902

Ginger Beaumont

193

Pittsburgh

Cleveland
1903 Patsy Dougherty

195

Boston 1903

Ginger Beaumont

209

Pittsburgh

1904 Nap Lajoie

211

Cleveland 1904

Ginger Beaumont

185

Pittsburgh

1905 George Stone

187

St. Louis 1905

Cy Seymour

219

Cincinnati

1906 Nap Lajoie

214

Cleveland 1906

Harry Steinfeldt

176

Chicago

1907 Ty Cobb

212

Detroit 1907

Ginger Beaumont

187

Boston

1908 Ty Cobb

188

Detroit 1908

Honus Wagner

201

Pittsburgh

1909 Ty Cobb

216

Detroit 1909

Larry Doyle

172

New York

1910 Nap Lajoie

227

Cleveland 1910

Bobby Byrne

178

Pittsburgh

Honus Wagner

Pittsburgh

1911 Ty Cobb

248

Detroit 1911

Doc Miller

192

Boston

1912 Ty Cobb

226

Detroit 1912

Heinie Zimmerman

207

Chicago

Joe Jackson Cleveland
1913 Joe Jackson

197

Cleveland 1913

Gavvy Cravath

179

Philadelphia

1914 Tris Speaker

193

Boston 1914

Sherry Magee

171

Philadelphia

1915 Ty Cobb

208

Detroit 1915

Larry Doyle

189

New York

1916 Tris Speaker

211

Cleveland 1916

Hal Chase

184

Cincinnati

1917 Ty Cobb

225

Detroit 1917

Heinie Groh

182

Cincinnati

1918 George Burns

178

Philadelphia 1918

Charlie Hollocher

161

Chicago

1919 Ty Cobb

191

Detroit 1919

Ivy Olson

164

Brooklyn

Bobby Veach Detroit
1920 George Sisler

257

St. Louis 1920

Rogers Hornsby

218

St. Louis

1921 Harry Heilmann

237

Detroit 1921

Rogers Hornsby

235

St. Louis

1922 George Sisler

246

St. Louis 1922

Rogers Hornsby

250

St. Louis

1923 Charlie Jamieson

222

Cleveland 1923

Frankie Frisch

223

New York

1924 Sam Rice

216

Washington 1924

Rogers Hornsby

227

St. Louis

1925 Al Simmons

253

Philadelphia 1925

Jim Bottomley

227

St. Louis

1926 George Burns

216

Cleveland 1926

Eddie Brown

201

Boston

Sam Rice Washington
1927 Earle Combs

231

New York 1927

Paul Waner

237

Pittsburgh

1928 Heinie Manush

241

St. Louis 1928

Freddie Lindstrom

231

New York

1929 Dale Alexander

215

Detroit 1929

Lefty O'Doul

254

Philadelphia

Charlie Gehringer Detroit
1930 Johnny Hodapp

225

Cleveland 1930

Bill Terry

254

New York

1931 Lou Gehrig

211

New York 1931

Lloyd Waner

214

Pittsburgh

1932 Al Simmons

216

Philadelphia 1932

Chuck Klein

226

Philadelphia

1933 Heinie Manush

221

Washington 1933

Chuck Klein

223

Philadelphia

1934 Charlie Gehringer

214

Detroit 1934

Paul Waner

217

Pittsburgh

1935 Joe Vosmik

216

Cleveland 1935

Billy Herman

227

Chicago

1936 Earl Averill

232

Cleveland 1936

Joe Medwick

223

St. Louis

1937 Beau Bell

218

St. Louis 1937

Joe Medwick

237

St. Louis

1938 Joe Vosmik

201

Boston 1938

Frank McCormick

209

Cincinnati

1939 Red Rolfe

213

New York 1939

Frank McCormick

209

Cincinnati

1940 Doc Cramer

200

Boston 1940

Stan Hack

191

Chicago

Barney McCosky Detroit

Frank McCormick

Cincinnati

Rip Radcliff St. Louis
1941 Cecil Travis

218

Washington 1941

Stan Hack

186

Chicago

1942 Johnny Pesky

205

Boston 1942

Enos Slaughter

188

St. Louis

1943 Dick Wakefield

200

Detroit 1943

Stan Musial

220

St. Louis

1944 Snuffy Stirnweiss

205

New York 1944

Phil Cavarretta

197

Chicago

Stan Musial

St. Louis

1945 Snuffy Stirnweiss

195

New York 1945

Tommy Holmes

224

Boston

1946 Johnny Pesky

208

Boston 1946

Stan Musial

228

St. Louis

1947 Johnny Pesky

207

Boston 1947

Tommy Holmes

191

Boston

1948 Bob Dillinger

207

St. Louis 1948

Stan Musial

230

St. Louis

1949 Dale Mitchell

203

Cleveland 1949

Stan Musial

207

St. Louis

1950 George Kell

218

Detroit 1950

Duke Snider

199

Brooklyn

1951 George Kell

191

Detroit 1951

Richie Ashburn

221

Philadelphia

1952 Nellie Fox

192

Chicago 1952

Stan Musial

194

St. Louis

1953 Harvey Kuenn

209

Detroit 1953

Richie Ashburn

205

Philadelphia

1954 Nellie Fox

201

Chicago 1954

Don Mueller

212

New York

Harvey Kuenn Detroit
1955 Al Kaline

200

Detroit 1955

Ted Kluszewski

192

Cincinnati

1956 Harvey Kuenn

196

Detroit 1956

Hank Aaron

200

Milwaukee

1957 Nellie Fox

196

Chicago 1957

Red Schoendienst

200

Milwaukee

New York

1958 Nellie Fox

187

Chicago 1958

Richie Ashburn

215

Philadelphia

1959 Harvey Kuenn

198

Detroit 1959

Hank Aaron

223

Milwaukee

1960 Minnie Minoso

184

Chicago 1960

Willie Mays

190

San Francisco

1961 Norm Cash

193

Detroit 1961

Vada Pinson

208

Cincinnati

1962 Bobby Richardson

209

New York 1962

Tommy Davis

230

Los Angeles

1963 Carl Yastrzemski

183

Boston 1963

Vada Pinson

204

Cincinnati

1964 Tony Oliva

217

Minnesota 1964

Roberto Clemente

211

Pittsburgh

Curt Flood

St. Louis

1965 Tony Oliva

185

Minnesota 1965

Pete Rose

209

Cincinnati

1966 Tony Oliva

191

Minnesota 1966

Felipe Alou

218

Atlanta

1967 Carl Yastrzemski

189

Boston 1967

Roberto Clemente

209

Pittsburgh

1968 Bert Campaneris

177

Oakland 1968

Felipe Alou

210

Atlanta

Pete Rose

Cincinnati

1969 Tony Oliva

197

Minnesota 1969

Matty Alou

231

Pittsburgh

1970 Tony Oliva

204

Minnesota 1970

Pete Rose

205

Cincinnati

Billy Williams

Chicago

1971 Cesar Tovar

204

Minnesota 1971

Joe Torre

230

St. Louis

1972 Joe Rudi

181

Oakland 1972

Pete Rose

198

Cincinnati

1973 Rod Carew

203

Minnesota 1973

Pete Rose

230

Cincinnati

1974 Rod Carew

218

Minnesota 1974

Ralph Garr

214

Atlanta

1975 George Brett

195

Kansas City 1975

Dave Cash

213

Philadelphia

1976 George Brett

215

Kansas City 1976

Pete Rose

215

Cincinnati

1977 Rod Carew

239

Minnesota 1977

Dave Parker

215

Pittsburgh

1978 Jim Rice

213

Boston 1978

Steve Garvey

202

Los Angeles

1979 George Brett

212

Kansas City 1979

Garry Templeton

211

St. Louis

1980 Willie Wilson

230

Kansas City 1980

Steve Garvey

200

Los Angeles

1981 Rickey Henderson

135

Oakland 1981

Pete Rose

140

Philadelphia

1982 Robin Yount

210

Milwaukee 1982

Al Oliver

204

Montreal

1983 Cal Ripken, Jr.

211

Baltimore 1983

Jose Cruz

189

Houston

Andre Dawson

Montreal

1984 Don Mattingly

207

New York 1984

Tony Gwynn

213

San Diego

1985 Wade Boggs

240

Boston 1985

Willie McGee

216

St. Louis

1986 Don Mattingly

238

New York 1986

Tony Gwynn

211

San Diego

1987 Kirby Puckett

207

Minnesota 1987

Tony Gwynn

218

San Diego

Kevin Seitzer Kansas City
1988 Kirby Puckett

234

Minnesota 1988

Andres Galarraga

184

Montreal

1989 Kirby Puckett

215

Minnesota 1989

Tony Gwynn

203

San Diego

1990 Rafael Palmeiro

191

Texas 1990

Brett Butler

192

San Francisco

Lenny Dykstra

Philadelphia

1991 Paul Molitor

216

Milwaukee 1991

Terry Pendleton

187

Atlanta

1992 Kirby Puckett

210

Minnesota 1992

Terry Pendleton

199

Atlanta

Andy Van Slyke

Pittsburgh

1993 Paul Molitor

211

Toronto 1993

Lenny Dykstra

194

Philadelphia

1994 Kenny Lofton

160

Cleveland 1994

Tony Gwynn

165

San Diego

1995 Lance Johnson

186

Chicago 1995

Dante Bichette

197

Colorado

Tony Gwynn

San Diego

1996 Paul Molitor

225

Minnesota 1996

Lance Johnson

227

New York

1997 Nomar Garciaparra

209

Boston 1997

Tony Gwynn

220

San Diego

1998 Alex Rodriguez

213

Seattle 1998

Dante Bichette

219

Colorado

1999 Derek Jeter

219

New York 1999

Luis Gonzalez

206

Arizona

2000 Darin Erstad

240

Anaheim 2000

Todd Helton

216

Colorado

2001 Ichiro Suzuki

242

Seattle 2001

Rich Aurilia

206

San Francisco

2002 Alfonso Soriano

209

New York 2002

Vladimir Guerrero

206

Montreal

2003 Vernon Wells

215

Toronto 2003

Albert Pujols

212

St. Louis

2004 Ichiro Suzuki

262

Seattle 2004

Juan Pierre

221

Florida

2005 Michael Young

221

Texas 2005

Derrek Lee

199

Chicago

2006 Ichiro Suzuki

224

Seattle 2006

Juan Pierre

204

Chicago

2007 Ichiro Suzuki

238

Seattle 2007

Matt Holliday

216

Colorado

2008 Dustin Pedroia

213

Boston 2008

Jose Reyes

204

New York

Ichiro Suzuki Seattle
2009 Ichiro Suzuki

225

Seattle 2009

Ryan Braun

203

Milwaukee

2010 Ichiro Suzuki

214

Seattle 2010

Carlos Gonzalez

197

Colorado

2011 Adrian Gonzalez

213

Boston 2011

Starlin Castro

207

Chicago

Michael Young Texas
2012 Derek Jeter

216

New York 2012

Andrew McCutchen

194

Pittsburgh

2013 Adrian Beltre

199

Texas 2013

Matt Carpenter

199

St. Louis

2014 Jose Altuve

225

Houston 2014

Ben Revere

184

Philadelphia

Denard Span

Washington

2015 Jose Altuve

200

Houston 2015

Dee Gordon

205

Miami

2016 Jose Altuve

216

Houston 2016

Jean Segura

203

Arizona

2017 Jose Altuve

204

Houston 2017

Charlie Blackmon

213

Colorado

2018 Whit Merrifield

192

Kansas City 2018

Freddie Freeman

191

Atlanta

2019 Whit Merrifield

206

Kansas City 2019

Ozzie Albies

189

Atlanta

2020 Jose Abreu

76

Chicago 2020

Trea Turner

78

Washington

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In 1973 , Pete Rose led the National League with two-hundred thirty hits. In 1980 , Willie Wilson led the American League with two-hundred thirty hits hits. Both are tied for the Major Meague record of most hits during a single season by a switch-hitter.

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