Supplement to "Baseball's First Power Surge: Home Runs in the Late 19th-Century Major Leagues"

By Christopher D. Green

This article was published in the Fall 2011 Baseball Research Journal.

This is a list of all batters from 1871 to 1918 with 15+ home runs in a single season and a list of total league home runs for that period. It is supplemental material for Christopher D. Green's article, "Baseball's First Power Surge: Home Runs in the Late 19th-Century Major Leagues", in the Fall 2011 Baseball Research Journal.

 

All batters with 15+ home runs in a single season, 1871-1918

Player Year Team
Lg G AB  R H HR HR/AB
Ned Williamson 1884 CHC NL 107 417
116 27 0.07
Fred Pfeffer 1884 CHC NL 112 467 105 135 25 0.05
Buck Freeman 1899 WSN NL 155 588 107 187 25 0.04
Gavvy Cravath 1915 PHI NL 150 522 89 149 24 0.05
Abner Dalrymple 1884 CHC NL 111 521 111 161 22 0.04
Frank Schulte 1911 CHC NL 154 577 105 173 21 0.04
Cap Anson 1884 CHC NL 112 475 108 159 21 0.04
Sam Thompson 1889 PHI NL 128 533 103 158 20 0.04
Harry Stovey 1889 PHA AA 137 556 152 171 19 0.03
Billy O’Brien 1887 WSN NL 113 453 71 126 19 0.04
Bug Holliday 1889 CIN AA 135 563 107 181 19 0.03
Ed Delahanty 1893 PHI NL 132 595 145 219 19 0.03
Gavvy Cravath 1914 PHI NL 149 499 76 149 19 0.04
Gavvy Cravath 1913 PHI NL 147 525 78 179 19 0.04
Sam Thompson 1895 PHI NL 119 538 131 211 18 0.03
Vic Saier 1914 CHC NL 153 537 87 129 18 0.03
Fred Luderus 1913 PHI NL 155 588 67 154 18 0.03
Hugh Duffy 1894 BSN NL 125 539 160 237 18 0.03
Jerry Denny 1889 IND NL 133 578 96 163 18 0.03
Jimmy Ryan 1889 CHC NL 135 576 140 177 17 0.03
Bobby Lowe 1894 BSN NL 133 613 158 212 17 0.03
Bill Joyce 1895 WSN NL 126 474 110 148 17 0.04
Bill Joyce 1894 WSN NL 99 355 103 126 17 0.05
Roger Connor 1887 NYG NL 127 471 113 134 17 0.04
Jack Clements 1893 PHI NL 94 376 64 107 17 0.05
Hal Chase 1915 BUF FL 145 567 85 165 17 0.03
Dutch Zwilling 1914 CHF FL 154 592 91 185 16 0.03
Mike Tiernan 1891 NYG NL 134 542 111 166 16 0.03
Harry Stovey 1891 BSN NL 134 544 118 152 16 0.03
Socks Seybold 1902 PHA AL 137 522 91 165 16 0.03
Jimmy Ryan 1888 CHC NL 129 549 115 182 16 0.03
Fred Pfeffer 1887 CHC NL 123 479 95 133 16 0.03
Fred Luderus 1911 PHI NL 146 551 69 166 16 0.03
Charlie Duffee 1889 STL AA 137 509 93 124 16 0.03
Sam Crawford 1901 CIN NL 131 515 91 170 16 0.03
Sherry Magee 1914 PHI NL 146 544 96 171 15 0.03
Sherry Magee 1911 PHI NL 121 445 79 128 15 0.03
Bill Kenworthy 1914 KCF FL 146 545 93 173 15 0.03
Bill Dahlen 1894 CHC NL 121 502 149 179 15 0.03
Jimmy Collins 1898 BSN NL 152 597 107 196 15 0.03

 

 

Home runs by year

Year Total MLB HR Year Total MLB HR
1871 47 1895 484
1872 35 1896 404
1873 46 1897 367
1874 40 1898 299
1875 40 1899 350
1876 40 1900 254
1877 24 1901 455
1878 23 1902 356
1879 58 1903 335
1880 62 1904 331
1881 76 1905 338
1882 178 1906 261
1883 238 1907 244
1884 690 1908 267
1885 323 1909 259
1886 413 1910 361
1887 606 1911 514
1888 521 1912 442
1889 667 1913 470
1890 760 1914 710
1891 586 1915 635
1892 417 1916 383
1893 460 1917 335
1894 627 1918 235

 


Figure 1: Total Major League HR, 1871-1918

 


Figure 2: Total Major League HR/AB, 1871-1918