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.

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Home Runs in a Single Season Records

Single Season Home Run Records

Most
( 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

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

Most On The Road
L
Boston
32
2006
New York
1927
NL
San Francisco
36
2001
Most On The Road
By A Lefthander
L
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

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
Single Season Home Run Records | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
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baseball almanac fast facts

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.

Did you know that Rabbit Maranville had the most consecutive at-bats, six-hundred seventy-two, in a season (1922) without hitting a single home run?

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