Home Run Records in a Single Season

Major League Baseball Single Season Home Run Records

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball milestones for home runs hit during a single season — including most, most by positions, most at home and most on the road.

IMPORTANT NOTE : Many totals do not match-up exactly with single season totals when positional records are viewed. This is because the home run MUST be hit while the player is at that position. Example: Mark McGwire finished the 1998 season with seventy home runs. However, one of his home runs was hit while he was pinch-hitting so his single season record for home runs by a first baseman is sixty-nine.

"You guys got to see this kid (Mickey Mantle) we have in camp. Out of class C ball, hits 'em both ways - five-hundred feet both ways!" - Bill Dickey
Home Runs in a Single Season Records

Single Season Home Run Records

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Mos t
( Top 100 )

AL

New York

61

1961
NL

San Francisco

73

2001

Most
By A Catcher
(More Than 30 in a Season)
( Bold = Record Holders)

AL

Texas

35

1999
Oakland
34
1996
Chicago
33
1985
Detroit
32
1982
Baltimore/Chicago
31
2000
NL
Atlanta
42
2003
New York
41
1996
Brooklyn
40
1953
Los Angeles
40
1997
New York
40
1999
Cincinnati
38
1970
Chicago
36
1930
Los Angeles
36
1996
New York
35
1947
Los Angeles
35
1993
New York
35
2000
Cincinnati
35
1972
Atlanta
34
1998
New York
34
2001
Brooklyn
32
1951
Brooklyn
32
1955
Brooklyn
31
1950
Montreal
31
1977
Los Angeles
31
1995
Philadelphia
31
1999

Most
By A Designated Hitter

AL

Boston

47

2006
NL
Philadelphia
4
2004
Chicago

4

2017

Most
By A First Baseman

AL

Detroit

58

1938
NL

St. Louis

69

1998

Most
By A Leadoff Hitter
Leading off a Game
(10 or More in a Season)
( Bold = Record Holders)

AL

New York

13

2003
NL
Chicago
12
2007
AL
Baltimore
12
1996
AL
Houston
12
2019
NL
San Francisco
11
1973
AL
Minnesota
11
2002
NL

Colorado

10

2016

Most
By A Lefthander

AL

New York

61

1961
NL

San Francisco

73

2001

Most
By A Pinch Hitter

AL

Boston

5

1943
NL

Los Angeles

7

2000

Pittsburgh

2001

Most
By A Pitcher

AL

Cleveland

9

1931
NL

Los Angeles

7

1958

Los Angeles

1965

Colorado

2001

Brooklyn

1955

Most
By A Right-hander

AL

Philadelphia

58

1932

Detroit

1938
NL

St. Louis

70

1998

Most
By A Rookie
( Bold = Record Holders)

AL
New York
52
2017

Oakland

49

1987
NL
New York
53
2019
Los Angeles

39

2017

Boston

38
1930

Cincinnati

38
1956

Most
By A Second Baseman
( Bold - League Leader)

AL
Minnesota
40
2016

New York

39

2002
NL

St. Louis

42

1922

Atlanta

1973

Most
By A Shortstop

AL

Texas

57

2002
NL

Chicago

47

1958

Most
By A Switch Hitter

AL

New York

54

1961
NL

Atlanta

45

1999

Most
By A Third Baseman
( Bold - League Leader)

AL

New York

52

2007

NL

Cincinnati

49

2019

Los Angeles

48
2004
Philadelphia
1980

Most
By An Outfielder

AL

New York

61

1961
NL

San Francisco

71

2001
Home Runs in a Single Season Records

Single Season At-Home Home Run Records

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Most At Home

AL

Detroit

39
1938
NL

St. Louis

38
1998

Most At Home
By A Lefthander

AL

New York

32
1921

St. Louis

1922
NL

San Francisco

37
2001

Most At Home
By A Right-hander

AL

Detroit

39
1938
NL

St. Louis

38
1998

Most At Home
By A Switch Hitter

AL

New York

27
1956
NL

Atlanta

25
1999
Home Runs in a Single Season Records

Single Season On-The-Road Home Run Records

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Most On The Road

AL

Boston

32
2006

New York

1927
NL

San Francisco

36
2001

Most On The Road
By A Lefthander

AL

Boston

32
2006

New York

1927
NL

San Francisco

36
2001

Most On The Road
By A Right-hander

AL

Toronto

28
1987

Oakland

1991

Minnesota

1962
Oakland
1987

Oakland

1996
NL

St. Louis

32
1998

Most On The Road
By A Switch Hitter

AL

New York

30
1961
NL

New York

23
1987
Home Runs in a Single Season Records

Miscellaneous Single Season Records

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Fewest
By The League Leader

AL

Detroit

7
1908

Cleveland/Chicago

1915
NL
Cincinnati
4
1877

Providence

1878

Most Seasons
Leading League

AL

Boston

1
12

New York

11
NL

Philadelphia

8
8
Record
Lg
Name(s)
Team(s)
Data

Single Season Home Run Records | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.



Babe Ruth hit a home run in every possible ballpark during eleven different seasons, for the Major League record. His closest competition is Hank Aaron who "only" hit home runs in every possible ballpark during nine seasons!
During the 1936 season, Lou Gehrig of the New York Yankees terrorized the Cleveland Indians by slamming fourteen home runs against the club — a Major League record for most home runs against the same team in a season.
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