List of Major League Baseball career singles leaders

Pete Rose, the all-time leader in singles

In baseball, a single is the most common type of base hit, accomplished through the act of a batter safely reaching first base by hitting a fair ball (thus becoming a runner) and getting to first base before a fielder puts him out. As an exception, a batter-runner reaching first base safely is not credited with a single when an infielder attempts to put out another runner on the first play; this is one type of a fielder's choice. Also, a batter-runner reaching first base on a play due to a fielder's error trying to put him out at first base or another runner out (as a fielder's choice) is not credited with a single.

On a single hit to the outfield, any runners on second base or third base normally score, and sometimes the runner from first base is able to advance to third base. Depending on the location of the hit, a quick recovery by the outfielder can prevent such an advance or create a play on the advancing runner.

Pete Rose is the all-time leader in singles with 3,215 career. Ty Cobb (3,053) is the only other player in MLB history with over 3,000 career singles.

KeyEdit

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career singles. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 1Bs) Number of singles hit during the 2018 Major League Baseball season.
1B Total career singles hit.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]

ListEdit

 
Albert Pujols, the active leader and 70th all time in singles.
  • Stats updated as of the 2019 season.
Rank Player (2019 1Bs) 1B
1 Pete Rose 3,215
2 Ty Cobb * 3,053
3 Eddie Collins * 2,643
4 Cap Anson * 2,614
5 Derek Jeter 2,595
6 Ichiro Suzuki 2,514
7 Willie Keeler * 2,513
8 Honus Wagner * 2,424
9 Rod Carew * 2,404
10 Tris Speaker * 2,383
11 Tony Gwynn * 2,378
12 Paul Molitor * 2,366
13 Nap Lajoie * 2,341
14 Hank Aaron * 2,294
15 Jesse Burkett * 2,273
16 Sam Rice * 2,271
17 Omar Vizquel 2,264
18 Carl Yastrzemski * 2,262
19 Wade Boggs * 2,253
Stan Musial * 2,253
21 Lou Brock * 2,247
22 Paul Waner * 2,243
23 Rickey Henderson * 2,182
Robin Yount * 2,182
25 Frankie Frisch * 2,171
26 Doc Cramer 2,163
27 Luke Appling * 2,162
28 Nellie Fox * 2,161
29 Eddie Murray * 2,156
30 Roberto Clemente * 2,154
31 Jake Beckley * 2,130
32 George Sisler * 2,121
33 Richie Ashburn * 2,119
34 Luis Aparicio * 2,108
35 Cal Ripken Jr. 2,106
36 Zack Wheat * 2,104
37 Sam Crawford * 2,097
38 Lave Cross 2,056
39 Craig Biggio * 2,046
40 George Brett * 2,035
Al Kaline * 2,035
42 Lloyd Waner * 2,033
43 Fred Clarke * 2,030
Brooks Robinson * 2,030
45 George Van Haltren 2,028
46 Rabbit Maranville * 2,220
47 Max Carey * 2,017
Dave Winfield * 2,017
49 Adrián Beltré 2,015
50 Bill Buckner 1,994
Rank Player (2019 1Bs) 1B
51 George Davis * 1,976
52 Stuffy McInnis 1,972
53 Ozzie Smith * 1,961
54 Willie Mays * 1,960
Jim O'Rourke * 1,960
56 Patsy Donovan 1,957
57 Julio Franco 1,952
58 Harold Baines * 1,945
59 Charlie Gehringer * 1,935
60 Al Simmons * 1,932
61 Roberto Alomar * 1,930
62 Rogers Hornsby * 1,919
63 Al Oliver 1,918
64 Brett Butler 1,913
65 Iván Rodríguez * 1,910
66 Johnny Damon 1,903
67 Tim Raines * 1,892
68 Vada Pinson 1,889
69 Rusty Staub 1,878
70 Albert Pujols (75) 1,869
71 Maury Wills 1,866
72 Fred Tenney 1,862
73 Red Schoendienst * 1,860
74 Jake Daubert 1,855
75 Juan Pierre 1,850
76 Willie Davis 1,846
77 Steve Garvey 1,844
78 Harry Hooper * 1,842
79 Alex Rodriguez 1,840
80 Buddy Bell 1,832
81 Rafael Palmeiro 1,828
82 Pie Traynor * 1,823
83 Larry Bowa 1,815
84 Goose Goslin * 1,814
85 Mel Ott * 1,805
86 Bill Dahlen 1,801
87 Kenny Lofton 1,799
88 Dave Concepción 1,788
Ed Delahanty * 1,788
90 Billy Hamilton * 1,787
Edd Roush * 1,787
Jimmy Ryan 1,787
93 Harry Heilmann * 1,784
94 Tommy Corcoran 1,778
95 Willie Randolph 1,775
96 Dave Parker 1,772
97 Bert Campaneris 1,771
98 Tony Pérez * 1,769
99 Heinie Manush * 1,763
Billy Williams * 1,763

NotesEdit

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

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