Who Scored the Most Runs in MLB History?

Who Scored the Most Runs in MLB History? Photo by Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The MLB Players with the Most Career Runs Scored

MLB Stats and Records

As with pretty much every sport, in baseball you can’t win if you don’t score. Plating runs consistently is one of the most fundamental aspects of any MLB team’s success, and during baseball’s long history some players have proven themselves better than everyone else at getting back around to the plate again. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place. 

These are the MLB players with the most career runs scored.  

1. Rickey Henderson, 2,295 - It makes sense that the most dangerous man to ever step on a base path leads off our MLB career runs scored list. Nicknamed the “Man of Steal,” Henderson would routinely flummox opposing defenses with his speed, racking up a mind-boggling 1,406 stolen bases during his career. A 10-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, Henderson was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009 on his first ballot.   

2. Ty Cobb, 2,243 - Even non-fans know the name Ty Cobb; he’s synonymous with baseball. During a career that stretched from 1905 to 1928, Cobb bashed 4,191 hits, 1,938 RBIs and had 892 stolen bases to prove his worth as a true titan of the game. Cobb was an AL MVP in 1911, a Triple Crown winner in 1909 and a 12-time AL batting champion.   

3. Barry Bonds, 2,227 - Bonds transitioned from a speedster early on in his career to a power hitter, and he was scoring runs consistently just about the entire time. In his career, Bonds put up 762 home runs, 2,935 hits, 1,996 steals and 514 stolen bases. That said, writers have been hesitant to add him to the Hall of Fame due to his PED ties.   

4. Hank Aaron, 2,174 - “Hammerin’ Hank” is one of the most legendary names in baseball, and he put up some ridiculous career numbers. Aaron was a 25-time All-Star, an NL MVP (1957), a three-time Gold Glove Award winner, a four-time NL home run leader and a World Series champion in 1957. His first Hall of Fame ballot in 1982 saw Aaron receive 97.8 percent of the vote. Should have been 100 if you ask us. 

4. Babe Ruth, 2,174 - Tied with Aaron for the number four spot on our MLB career runs scored list is Ruth, another legendary figure in the game. The Babe was a pretty stocky guy so he didn’t have quite the speed that others did, but he scored plenty of runs courtesy of homers and help from his famed “Murderers’ Row” teammates on the Yankees. Ruth won seven World Series, 12 AL home run titles, an AL MVP (1923) and made the inaugural Hall of Fame class in 1936. 

6. Pete Rose, 2,165 - You don’t get the nickname “Charlie Hustle” by being a lazy player, and Rose worked his tail off to rack up his awesome career stats. He popped a whopping 4,256 hits during his career and carried a .303 batting average. Despite being a 17-time All-Star and a three-time World Series champ, Rose suffered a betting scandal during his managerial days that derailed his track to the Hall of Fame. 

7. Willie Mays, 2,062 - Baseball fans speak of Mays with sincere reverence, as there was no one quite like him before or since he stepped onto the field. His career stats read like something from a video game: 24 All-Star selections, 12 Gold Glove Awards, 3,283 hits, 660 home runs, 1,903 RBIs and 338 stolen bases. Mays deservedly made the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979 on his first ballot. 

8. Alex Rodriguez, 2,021 - Rodriguez had a lengthy MLB career with the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees, becoming a 14-time All-Star, a three-time AL MVP, a 10-time Silver Slugger Award winner and a World Series champion in 2009. He amassed 3,115 hits, 696 home runs and carried a career .295 batting average but has had his own difficulties getting into the Hall of Fame, again due to PED ties. 

9. Cap Anson, 1,999 - Anson holds the distinction of being the oldest baseball player on our career MLB runs scored list; he made his league debut way back in 1871. His pro campaign lasted all the way up to 1897, and in between he logged 2,995 hits, 2,075 RBI and 97 home runs. Anson was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1939 by the Veterans Committee. 

10. Stan Musial, 1,949 - Beloved in St. Louis, the legendary Musial spent his entire career with the Cardinals from 1941 to 1963. He was a 24-time All-Star, a seven-time NL batting champion, a three-time NL MVP and won three World Series for the Cards. Musial made the Hall of Fame in 1969 and lived to the ripe old age of 92. 

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