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List of Major League Baseball progressive career hits leaders

This list displays a chronology of the annual top ten leaders in career base hits in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1876 through 2014.

The table assists in identifying the most significant players in each era, and helps to understand the importance of many stars of the past. Before Pete Rose broke Ty Cobb's record for career hits, for example, Tris Speaker, Stan Musial and Hank Aaron had each reached the number two spot in succession.

It is also quite valuable to identify the leaders during the 19th century, when seasons were shorter (usually from 60 to 130 games); while nearly 250 players have now reached the 2,000-hit plateau, barely a dozen had done so by the end of the 19th century.

In the era before 1893, when the distance between the pitcher and home plate was extended from 45 feet to 60 feet, long-neglected stars Deacon White and Paul Hines were mainstays among the top five, along with Cap Anson and Jim O'Rourke.

This chart uses the hit totals which are officially recognized by Major League Baseball, as maintained and provided by the Elias Sports Bureau; they are derived from the annual official league statistics, even when those totals have been proven by later research to be in error. Particularly with regard to players from before 1920, these totals often differ from those used by ESPN, CNN/Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, the Baseball-Reference website, or by MLB's two longtime official encyclopedias, The Baseball Encyclopedia and Total Baseball. In fact, they are also not the same as the historical totals displayed on MLB's official website.

While the specific totals may vary between sources, and slight variations in the order may result, the leaders would overwhelmingly be the same regardless of which set of numbers is used; with the exception of 1904, in no year does more than one player drop out of the top 10 when a different version of the statistics is employed. Furthermore, this table accurately represents what observers of each era believed to be true.

Contents

  • 1876-1900 1
  • 1901-1960 2
  • 1961–2014 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5

1876-1900

1901-1960

1961–2014

Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
1961 Cobb
4191
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Musial
3401
Collins
3314
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
S Rice
2987
Crawford
2964
1962 Cobb
4191
Musial
3544
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
S Rice
2987
Crawford
2964
1963–1969 Cobb
4191
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
S Rice
2987
Crawford
2964
1970 Cobb
4191
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Aaron
3110
Anson
3081
Mays
3065
1971 Cobb
4191
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Aaron
3272
Lajoie
3252
Mays
3178
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
1972 Cobb
4191
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Aaron
3391
Collins
3314
Lajoie
3252
Mays
3239
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
1973 Cobb
4191
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Aaron
3509
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
1974 Cobb
4191
Musial
3630
Aaron
3600
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
1975 Cobb
4191
Aaron
3709
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
1976–1977 Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
Anson
3081
1978 Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
Rose
3164
P Waner
3152
1979 Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Rose
3372
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
1980 Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Rose
3557
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
P Waner
3152
1981 Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Rose
3697
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
Yastrzemski
3192
1982 Cobb
4191
Rose
3869
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3318
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
1983 Cobb
4191
Rose
3990
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
1984 Cobb
4191
Rose
4097
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
1985 Rose
4204
Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
1986–1996 Rose
4256
Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Lajoie
3252
1997 Rose
4256
Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
Murray
3255
1998–2011 Rose
4256
Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Molitor
3319
Collins
3314
Mays
3283
2012 Rose
4256
Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Molitor
3319
Collins
3314
Jeter
3304
2013 Rose
4256
Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Molitor
3319
Jeter
3316
Collins
3314
2014 Rose
4256
Cobb
4191
Aaron
3771
Musial
3630
Speaker
3515
Jeter
3465
Wagner
3430
Yastrzemski
3419
Molitor
3319
Collins
3314

Active players are marked in bold italics.

Stats as of July 16, 2015.

See also

External links

  • Baseball-Reference.com - Top 1000 major leaguers in career hits
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