Batting Average : 1997 National League Top 25

Finding the American or National League leader in virtually every hitting & pitching statistic is easy-to-do. Finding the top 25 players during any given season is far more challenging. Baseball Almanac has taken away that difficult problem and is pleased to present the data you requested:

"Over 162 games, if my big guys are hitting and we get even halfway decent pitching, we'll beat their (our opponents) brains out." - Cincinnati Reds' Manager Sparky Anderson
1997 Batting Average Leaders

Top 25 in the National League

Tony Gwynn .372 (.37162) San Diego Padres 1
Larry Walker .366 (.36620) Colorado Rockies 2
Mike Piazza .362 (.36151) Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Kenny Lofton .333 (.33266) Atlanta Braves 4
Wally Joyner .327 (.32747) San Diego Padres 5
Mark Grace .319 (.31892) Chicago Cubs 6
Andres Galarraga .318 (.31833) Colorado Rockies 7
Edgardo Alfonzo .315 (.31467) New York Mets 8
Raul Mondesi .310 (.31006) Los Angeles Dodgers 9
Craig Biggio .309 (.30856) Houston Astros 10
Dante Bichette .308 (.30838) Colorado Rockies 11
Jeff Blauser .308 (.30829) Atlanta Braves 12
David Segui .307 (.30719) Montreal Expos 13
Vinny Castilla .304 (.30392) Colorado Rockies 14
Joe Randa .302 (.30248) Pittsburgh Pirates 15
Shawon Dunston .300 (.30000) Chicago Cubs 16
Pittsburgh Pirates
Doug Glanville .300 (.29958) Chicago Cubs 17
Bobby Bonilla .297 (.29715) Florida Marlins 18
Delino DeShields .295 (.29545) St. Louis Cardinals 19
Chipper Jones .295 (.29481) Atlanta Braves 20
Mickey Morandini .295 (.29476) Philadelphia Phillies 21
Ray Lankford .295 (.29462) St. Louis Cardinals 22
Jason Kendall .294 (.29424) Pittsburgh Pirates 23
John Olerud .294 (.29389) New York Mets 24
Moises Alou .292 (.29182) Florida Marlins 25

Future Hall of Famer Sammy Sosa is best known for wearing number twenty-one; however, when the young slugger played for the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991) he only wore number twenty-five.

Jack Clark , Denny Galehouse , Dizzy Trout and Tony Conigliaro .

The first player from the Angels franchise (they were the California Angels at the time) to wear the number twenty-five was Bob Perry .

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