Year by Year Leaders for Bases on Balls

A base-on-balls is an officially recognized statistic that counts the number of times a batter reaches first base after accepting four pitches outside the strike zone. Prior to 1889, the rule regarding the walk statistic was different and used the following rules of the day: 1876-1879 nine balls, 1880-1882 eight balls, 1882-1884 seven balls, 1884-1885 six balls, 1886 seven balls, 1887-1888 five balls and from 1889 forward it has, and still remains four balls.

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a year-by-year leaderboard in Major League base on balls 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

"Geez, it's lonesome in the outfield, and it's hard to keep awake with nothing to do." - Base on Balls Leader (1921-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1928, 1930-1933) / Hall of Famer Babe Ruth

Bases on Balls
Year-by-Year Leaders

'1876 - 2020'

1876 - - - 1876

Ross Barnes

20

Chicago

1877 - - - 1877

Jim O'Rourke

20

Boston

1878 - - - 1878

Terry Larkin

17

Chicago

Jack Remsen

Chicago

1879 - - - 1879

Charley Jones

29

Boston

1880 - - - 1880

Bob Ferguson

24

Troy

1881 - - - 1881

John Clapp

35

Cleveland

1882 - - - 1882

George Gore

29

Chicago

1883 - - - 1883

Tom York

37

Cleveland

1884 - - - 1884

George Gore

61

Chicago

1885 - - - 1885

Ned Williamson

75

Chicago

1886 - - - 1886

George Gore

102

Chicago

1887 - - - 1887

Jim Fogarty

82

Philadelphia

1888 - - - 1888

Roger Connor

73

New York

1889 - - - 1889

Mike Tiernan

96

New York

1890 - - - 1890

Cap Anson

113

Chicago

1891 - - - 1891

Billy Hamilton

102

Philadelphia

1892 - - - 1892

Jack Crooks

136

St. Louis

1893 - - - 1893

Jack Crooks

121

St. Louis

1894 - - - 1894

Billy Hamilton

126

Philadelphia

1895 - - - 1895

Billy Hamilton

96

Philadelphia

Bill Joyce

Washington

1896 - - - 1896

Billy Hamilton

110

Boston

1897 - - - 1897

Billy Hamilton

105

Boston

1898 - - - 1898

John McGraw

112

Baltimore

1899 - - - 1899

John McGraw

124

Baltimore

1900 - - - 1900

Roy Thomas

115

Philadelphia

1901 Dummy Hoy

86

Chicago 1901

Roy Thomas

100

Philadelphia

1902 Topsy Hartsel

87

Philadelphia 1902

Roy Thomas

107

Philadelphia

1903 Jimmy Barrett

74

Detroit 1903

Roy Thomas

107

Philadelphia

1904 Jimmy Barrett

79

Detroit 1904

Roy Thomas

102

Philadelphia

1905 Topsy Hartsel

121

Philadelphia 1905

Miller Huggins

103

Cincinnati

1906 Topsy Hartsel

88

Philadelphia 1906

Roy Thomas

107

Philadelphia

1907 Topsy Hartsel

106

Philadelphia 1907

Miller Huggins

83

Cincinnati

Roy Thomas

Philadelphia

1908 Topsy Hartsel

93

Philadelphia 1908

Roger Bresnahan

83

New York

1909 Donie Bush

88

Detroit 1909

Fred Clarke

80

Pittsburgh

1910 Donie Bush

78

Detroit 1910

Miller Huggins

116

St. Louis

1911 Donie Bush

98

Detroit 1911

Jimmy Sheckard

147

Chicago

1912 Donie Bush

117

Detroit 1912

Jimmy Sheckard

122

Chicago

1913 Burt Shotton

99

St. Louis 1913

Bob Bescher

94

Cincinnati

1914 Donie Bush

112

Detroit 1914

Miller Huggins

105

St. Louis

1915 Eddie Collins

119

Chicago 1915

Gavvy Cravath

86

Philadelphia

1916 Burt Shotton

110

St. Louis 1916

Heinie Groh

84

Cincinnati

1917 Jack Graney

94

Cleveland 1917

George Burns

75

New York

1918 Ray Chapman

84

Cleveland 1918

Max Carey

62

Pittsburgh

1919 Jack Graney

105

Cleveland 1919

George Burns

82

New York

1920 Babe Ruth

150

New York 1920

George Burns

76

New York

1921 Babe Ruth

145

New York 1921

George Burns

80

New York

1922 Whitey Witt

89

New York 1922

Max Carey

80

Pittsburgh

1923 Babe Ruth

170

New York 1923

George Burns

101

Cincinnati

1924 Babe Ruth

142

New York 1924

Rogers Hornsby

89

St. Louis

1925 Willie Kamm

90

Chicago 1925

Jack Fournier

86

Brooklyn

Johnny Mostil Chicago
1926 Babe Ruth

144

New York 1926

Hack Wilson

69

Chicago

1927 Babe Ruth

137

New York 1927

Rogers Hornsby

86

New York

1928 Babe Ruth

137

New York 1928

Rogers Hornsby

107

Boston

1929 Max Bishop

128

Philadelphia 1929

Mel Ott

113

New York

1930 Babe Ruth

136

New York 1930

Hack Wilson

105

Chicago

1931 Babe Ruth

128

New York 1931

Mel Ott

80

New York

1932 Babe Ruth

130

New York 1932

Mel Ott

100

New York

1933 Babe Ruth

114

New York 1933

Mel Ott

75

New York

1934 Jimmie Foxx

111

Philadelphia 1934

Arky Vaughan

94

Pittsburgh

1935 Lou Gehrig

132

New York 1935

Arky Vaughan

97

Pittsburgh

1936 Lou Gehrig

130

New York 1936

Arky Vaughan

118

Pittsburgh

1937 Lou Gehrig

127

New York 1937

Mel Ott

102

New York

1938 Jimmie Foxx

119

Boston 1938

Dolph Camilli

119

Brooklyn

Hank Greenberg Detroit
1939 Harlond Clift

111

St. Louis 1939

Dolph Camilli

110

Brooklyn

1940 Charlie Keller

106

New York 1940

Elbie Fletcher

119

Pittsburgh

1941 Ted Williams

147

Boston 1941

Elbie Fletcher

118

Pittsburgh

1942 Ted Williams

145

Boston 1942

Mel Ott

109

New York

1943 Charlie Keller

106

New York 1943

Augie Galan

103

Brooklyn

1944 Nick Etten

97

New York 1944

Augie Galan

101

Brooklyn

1945 Roy Cullenbine

113

Cleveland 1945

Eddie Stanky

148

Brooklyn

Detroit
1946 Ted Williams

156

Boston 1946

Eddie Stanky

137

Brooklyn

1947 Ted Williams

162

Boston 1947

Hank Greenberg

104

Pittsburgh

Pee Wee Reese

Brooklyn

1948 Ted Williams

126

Boston 1948

Bob Elliott

131

Boston

1949 Ted Williams

162

Boston 1949

Ralph Kiner

117

Pittsburgh

1950 Eddie Yost

141

Washington 1950

Eddie Stanky

144

New York

1951 Ted Williams

144

Boston 1951

Ralph Kiner

137

Pittsburgh

1952 Eddie Yost

129

Washington 1952

Ralph Kiner

110

Pittsburgh

1953 Eddie Yost

123

Washington 1953

Stan Musial

105

St. Louis

1954 Ted Williams

136

Boston 1954

Richie Ashburn

125

Philadelphia

1955 Mickey Mantle

113

New York 1955

Eddie Mathews

109

Milwaukee

1956 Eddie Yost

151

Washington 1956

Duke Snider

99

Brooklyn

1957 Mickey Mantle

146

New York 1957

Richie Ashburn

94

Philadelphia

Johnny Temple

Cincinnati

1958 Mickey Mantle

129

New York 1958

Richie Ashburn

97

Philadelphia

1959 Eddie Yost

135

Detroit 1959

Jim Gilliam

96

Los Angeles

1960 Eddie Yost

125

Detroit 1960

Richie Ashburn

116

Chicago

1961 Mickey Mantle

126

New York 1961

Eddie Mathews

93

Milwaukee

1962 Mickey Mantle

122

New York 1962

Eddie Mathews

101

Milwaukee

1963 Carl Yastrzemski

95

Boston 1963

Eddie Mathews

124

Milwaukee

1964 Norm Siebern

106

Baltimore 1964

Ron Santo

86

Chicago

1965 Rocky Colavito

93

Cleveland 1965

Joe Morgan

97

Houston

1966 Harmon Killebrew

103

Minnesota 1966

Ron Santo

95

Chicago

1967 Harmon Killebrew

131

Minnesota 1967

Ron Santo

96

Chicago

1968 Carl Yastrzemski

119

Boston 1968

Ron Santo

96

Chicago

1969 Harmon Killebrew

145

Minnesota 1969

Jimmy Wynn

148

Houston

1970 Frank Howard

132

Washington 1970

Willie McCovey

137

San Francisco

1971 Harmon Killebrew

114

Minnesota 1971

Willie Mays

112

San Francisco

1972 Dick Allen

99

Chicago 1972

Joe Morgan

115

Cincinnati

Roy White New York
1973 John Mayberry

122

Kansas City 1973

Darrell Evans

124

Atlanta

1974 Gene Tenace

110

Oakland 1974

Darrell Evans

126

Atlanta

1975 John Mayberry

119

Kansas City 1975

Joe Morgan

132

Cincinnati

1976 Mike Hargrove

97

Texas 1976

Jimmy Wynn

127

Atlanta

1977 Toby Harrah

109

Texas 1977

Gene Tenace

125

San Diego

1978 Mike Hargrove

107

Texas 1978

Jeff Burroughs

117

Atlanta

1979 Darrell Porter

121

Kansas City 1979

Mike Schmidt

120

Philadelphia

1980 Willie Randolph

119

New York 1980

Dan Driessen

93

Cincinnati

Joe Morgan

Houston

1981 Dwight Evans

85

Boston 1981

Mike Schmidt

73

Philadelphia

1982 Rickey Henderson

116

Oakland 1982

Mike Schmidt

107

Philadelphia

1983 Rickey Henderson

103

Oakland 1983

Mike Schmidt

128

Philadelphia

1984 Eddie Murray

107

Baltimore 1984

Gary Matthews

103

Chicago

1985 Dwight Evans

114

Boston 1985

Dale Murphy

90

Atlanta

1986 Wade Boggs

105

Boston 1986

Keith Hernandez

94

New York

1987 Brian Downing

106

California 1987

Jack Clark

136

St. Louis

Dwight Evans Boston
1988 Wade Boggs

125

Boston 1988

Will Clark

100

San Francisco

1989 Rickey Henderson

126

New York 1989

Jack Clark

132

San Diego

Oakland
1990 Mark McGwire

110

Oakland 1990

Jack Clark

104

San Diego

1991 Frank Thomas

138

Chicago 1991

Brett Butler

108

Los Angeles

1992 Mickey Tettleton

122

Detroit 1992

Barry Bonds

127

Pittsburgh

Frank Thomas Chicago
1993 Tony Phillips

132

Detroit 1993

Lenny Dykstra

129

Philadelphia

1994 Frank Thomas

109

Chicago 1994

Barry Bonds

74

San Francisco

1995 Frank Thomas

136

Chicago 1995

Barry Bonds

120

San Francisco

1996 Tony Phillips

125

Chicago 1996

Barry Bonds

151

San Francisco

1997 Jim Thome

120

Cleveland 1997

Barry Bonds

145

San Francisco

1998 Rickey Henderson

118

Oakland 1998

Mark McGwire

162

St. Louis

1999 Jim Thome

127

Cleveland 1999

Jeff Bagwell

149

Houston

2000 Jason Giambi

137

Oakland 2000

Barry Bonds

117

San Francisco

2001 Jason Giambi

129

Oakland 2001

Barry Bonds

177

San Francisco

2002 Jim Thome

122

Cleveland 2002

Barry Bonds

198

San Francisco

2003 Jason Giambi

129

New York 2003

Barry Bonds

148

San Francisco

2004 Eric Chavez

95

Oakland 2004

Barry Bonds

232

San Francisco

2005 Jason Giambi

108

New York 2005

Brian Giles

119

San Diego

2006 David Ortiz

119

Boston 2006

Barry Bonds

115

San Francisco

2007 David Ortiz

111

Boston 2007

Barry Bonds

132

San Francisco

2008 Jack Cust

111

Oakland 2008

Adam Dunn

122

Arizona

Cincinnati

2009 Chone Figgins

101

Los Angeles 2009

Adrian Gonzalez

119

San Diego

2010 Daric Barton

110

Oakland 2010

Prince Fielder

114

Milwaukee

2011 Jose Bautista

132

Toronto 2011

Joey Votto

110

Cincinnati

2012 Adam Dunn

105

Chicago 2012

Dan Uggla

94

Atlanta

Joey Votto

Cincinnati

2013 Mike Trout

110

Los Angeles 2013

Joey Votto

135

Cincinnati

2014 Carlos Santana

113

Cleveland 2014

Matt Carpenter

95

St. Louis

2015 Jose Bautista

110

Toronto 2015

Joey Votto

143

Cincinnati

2016 Mike Trout

116

Los Angeles 2016

Paul Goldschmidt

110

Arizona

2017 Aaron Judge

127

New York 2017

Joey Votto

134

Cincinnati

2018 Mike Trout

122

Los Angeles 2018

Bryce Harper

130

Washington

2019 Alex Bregman

119

Houston 2019

Rhys Hoskins

116

Philadelphia

2020 Carlos Santana

47

Cleveland 2020

Bryce Harper

49

Philadelphia

Current Through 2020 Season
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Congratulations to Barry Bonds (one-hundred seventy-seven base on balls in 2001) for breaking the unbreakable single season Major League record set by Babe Ruth in 1923 and then SHATTERING his own record during the 2002 season — not to mention 2004.

Did you know that Baseball Almanac has an entire record book dedicated to base on balls records ? Check it to see rookie records, career records, single season records and much more.

Babe Ruth once received one-hundred seventy base on balls during a single season setting the American League record in 1923 — a record that still stands to this day.

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