League Leaders with Fewest Games Played

From SABR member Tom Ruane at Retrosheet on October 14, 2011:

Cliff Blau recently mentioned to me that Vince Barton led the NL in getting hit by pitches in 1931 despite playing only 66 games and wondered what were the fewest games for players leading their respective leagues in a hitting category.

So since major league baseball returned to a 150+ game schedule in 1904 (and ignoring the shortened seasons of 1918-19, 1981 and 1994-1995), here are the leaders in the various categories with the fewest games played:

Stat G # Year Player
AB 143 622 1941 Johnny Rucker
R 118 114 1987 Paul Molitor
H 139 198 1959 Harvey Kuenn
2B 118 41 1987 Paul Molitor
3B 97 14 1992 Deion Sanders
HR 102 10 1904 Harry Davis
RBI 133 107 1914 Frank LaPorte
BB 115 104 1990 Jack Clark
IBB 98 17 1955 Ted Williams
SO 101 99 1944 Pat Seerey
HBP 66 9 1931 Vince Barton
SH 29 15 2003 Jason Schmidt
SF 116 12 1961 Leo Posada
GDP 107 26 1933 Ernie Lombardi
SB 85 18 1941 Danny Murtaugh
CS 101 18 2003 Alex Sanchez

 

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Originally published: October 14, 2011. Last Updated: October 14, 2011.

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