Home Runs in a Career Records

Major League Baseball All-Time Home Run Totals for Every Position

Home run in a career records by Baseball Almanac, a record book full of baseball milestones for home runs — including career home run records, positional career home run records and Opening Day home run records.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Many totals do not match-up exactly with career totals when positional records are viewed. This is because the home run MUST be hit while the player is at that position. Example: Ryne Sandberg finished his Major League career with two-hundred eighty-two home runs. However, five of his home runs were hit while he was playing shortstop so his record for career home runs by a second baseman is two-hundred seventy-seven.

"Growing up as a kid, I always sat down in front of the TV to watch him ( Barry Bonds ) hit a home run. That was it. I didn’t care about a single or walk or double or triple. I wanted to see a homer. I wasn’t the only kid or even adult who felt like that. He might’ve been the only person of that era who made a base hit seem pretty boring. ." - Andrew McCutchen on SFGate (John Shea, 08/10/2018, Giants' Andrew McCutchen recalls Barry Bonds' home run pursuits , Source )
Home Run Records

Career Home Run Records

Record Lg Name(s) Team(s) Data

Most Career Home Runs
In A Career
( Top 1,000 )

AL

Babe Ruth

Boston

49

708

New York

659

NL

Barry Bonds

Pittsburgh

176

762

San Francisco

586

Most Career Home Runs
By A Catcher

AL

Carlton Fisk

Boston

157

351

Chicago

194

NL

Mike Piazza

Los Angeles

176

396

Florida

0

New York

200

San Diego

20

Most Career Home Runs
By A Designated Hitter

Bold = League Record

AL

David Ortiz

Minnesota

41

485

Boston

444

Frank Thomas

Chicago

196

269

Oakland

44

Toronto

29

Edgar Martinez

Seattle

243

243

NL

Barry Bonds

San Francisco 10

10

Mike Piazza New York 9 10
San Diego 1
Matt Holliday St. Louis 9 9
Kyle Schwarber Chicago 9 9
Jim Thome Philadelphia 9 9

Most Career Home Runs
By A First Baseman

AL

Lou Gehrig

New York

493

NL

Willie McCovey

San Francisco

439

San Diego

ML

Mark McGwire

Oakland [AL]

566

St. Louis [NL]

Most Career Home Runs
By A Leadoff Hitter
(At Start Of Game)

Bold = League Records

AL

Rickey Henderson

Oakland

43

73

New York

24

Toronto

1

Anaheim

1

Seattle

3

Boston

1

NL

Craig Biggio

Houston

53

53

ML

Rickey Henderson

Oakland [AL]

43

81

New York [AL]

24

Toronto [AL]

1

Anaheim [AL]

1

Seattle [AL]

3

Boston [AL]

1

New York [NL]

2

San Diego [NL]

5

Los Angeles [NL]

1

Most Career Home Runs
By A Lefthander

AL

Babe Ruth

Boston

49

708

New York

659

NL

Barry Bonds

Pittsburgh

176

762

San Francisco

586

Most Career Home Runs
By A Pinch Hitt er

(Bold=League Leaders)

AL

Gates Brown

Detroit

16

16
NL

Jerry Lynch

Cincinnati

11

18

Pittsburgh

7
ML

Matt Stairs

Oakland [AL] 4

23

Milwaukee [NL] 1
Pittsburgh [NL] 2
Kansas City [AL] 2
Detroit [AL] 1
Toronto [AL] 2
Philadelphia [NL] 7
San Diego [NL] 4
Cliff Johnson New York [AL] 5 20
Cleveland [AL] 1
Oakland [AL] 1
Toronto [AL] 3
Houston [NL] 7
Chicago [NL] 3

Most Career Home Runs
By A Pitcher

AL

Wes Ferrell

Cleveland

36

Boston

Washington

New York

NL

Warren Spahn

Boston

35

Milwaukee

New York

San Francisco

ML

Wes Ferrell

Cleveland [AL]

36

37

Boston [AL]

Washington [AL]

New York [AL]

Boston [NL]

1

Most Career Home Runs
By A Righthander

AL

Alex Rodriguez

Seattle

189

696

Texas

156

New York

351

NL

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee

398

733

Atlanta

335

ML

Hank Aaron

Milwaukee [NL]

398

755

Atlanta [NL]

335

Milwaukee [AL]

22

Most Career Home Runs
By A Second Baseman

AL

Robinson Cano

New York

196

296

Seattle

100
NL

Jeff Kent

New York 56 349
San Francisco 171
Houston 49
Los Angeles 73
ML Jeff Kent Toronto [AL] 1 351
New York [NL] 56
Cleveland [AL] 1

San Francisco [NL]

171

Houston [NL]

49

Los Angeles [NL]

73

Most Career Home Runs
By A Shortstop

AL

Cal Ripken, Jr.

Baltimore

345

345
NL

Ernie Banks

Chicago

277

277

Most Career Home Runs
By A Switch Hitter

AL

Mickey Mantle

New York

536

536
NL

Chipper Jones

Atlanta

468

468

Most Career Home Runs
By A Third Baseman

AL

Graig Nettles

Minnesota

319

Cleveland

New York

NL

Mike Schmidt

Philadelphia

509

Most Career Home Runs
By An Outfielder

AL

Babe Ruth

Boston

686

New York

NL

Barry Bonds

Pittsburgh

748

San Francisco

Most Career Home Runs
In The Extra Innings

AL

Babe Ruth

Boston

16

New York

NL

Willie Mays

New York

22

San Francisco

New York

Most Career Home Runs
On Opening Day

AL

Ken Griffey, Jr.

Seattle

8

8
NL

Eddie Mathews

Milwaukee

7

7

Willie Mays

New York

5 7

San Francisco

2
ML

Adam Dunn

Cincinnati [NL]

6

8

Chicago [AL] 2
Frank Robinson

Baltimore [AL]

5

California [AL]

Cleveland [AL]

Cincinnati [NL]

3

Most Career Home Runs
On Player's Birthday

( Bold = League Leaders)

AL

Alex Rodriguez

Seattle

6

07-27-1996
Texas 07-27-2001
Texas 07-27-2002
Texas 07-27-2002
New York 07-27-2004
New York 07-27-2015
Al Simmons Philadelphia 5 05-22-1926
Philadelphia 05-22-1929
Philadelphia 05-22-1930
Philadelphia 05-22-1932
Chicago 05-22-1935
NL Mark Reynolds Arizona 6 08-03-2009
Arizona 08-03-2009
Arizona 08-03-2010
Milwaukee 08-03-2014
Colorado 08-03-2016
Colorado 08-03-2017
Todd Helton Colorado 5 08-20-1998
Colorado 08-20-2000
Colorado 08-20-2002
Colorado 08-20-2004
Colorado 08-20-2011
Chipper Jones Atlanta 5 04-24-1996
Atlanta 04-24-2001
Atlanta 04-24-2001
Atlanta 04-24-2008
Atlanta 04-24-2012
Derrek Lee Florida 5 09-06-2001
Florida 09-06-2003
Chicago 09-06-2004
Chicago 09-06-2005
Chicago 09-06-2006
Most Different Ballparks
With A Home Run Hit
AL Alex Rodriguez Seattle 32
Texas
New York
NL

Mike Piazza

Los Angeles

39

Florida

New York

ML

Sammy Sosa

Texas [AL]

45

Chicago [AL]

Chicago [NL]

Baltimore [AL]

Texas [AL]

Record Lg Name(s) Team Data

Career Home Run Records | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.



Babe Ruth hit the most career home runs for the same American League team by belting six-hundred fifty-nine home runs with the New York Yankees during his time in pinstripes (1920 through 1934).
Hank Aaron hit the most career home runs for the same National League team by hammering seven-hundred thirty-three home runs with the Braves organization during his career (1954 through 1974).
Did you know that the most home runs hit during a career by a designated hitter was held by Harold Baines with two-hundred twenty-five until Edgar Martinez passed him in 2004 and finished his career with two-hundred forty-three — the same number reached by Frank Thomas in 2007. The designated hitter with the most home runs the National League during their career is held by Mike Piazza who has ten in the senior circuit during interleague contests.
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