Which Player had the Highest Batting Average in a MLB Single Season?

Which Player had the Highest Batting Average in a MLB Single Season? Photo by Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

A Look at the Top Ten Hitters for Highest Batting Average in a Single Season in Major League Baseball History.

Top Ten Players for Highest Batting Average in a Single Season for Major League Baseball.

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There have been a lot of great players that have come and went through Major League Baseball.  Some players stood out for a full career, others stood out for one season.  Let’s take a look at which players had the highest batting average for a single season. 

1. Hugh Duffy is atop the list, after being the hardest player to get out during the 1894 season.  Duffy clubbed a .440 average during that season, while playing for the Boston Beaneaters.  He recorded a career .326 average across 17 seasons. 

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2. Tip O’Neill is 2nd on the all time list, after registering a .435 average during the 1887 season.  O’Neill did this while playing for St. Louis.  He finished a 10 year career with a career average of .326. 

3. Ross Barnes is third on the list, after collecting a .431 average during the 1873 season.  He did this while playing for Boston.  Barnes registered a .360 career average during 9 seasons. 

4. Nap Lajoie is 4th, thanks to a great 1901 campaign.  Lajoie recorded a .426 average that season, while playing for the Philadelphia Athletics.  He totaled a career .338 average during a 21 year career. 

5. Willie Keeler rounds out the top 5, after collecting a .424 average during the 1897 season.  Keeler was part of the Baltimore Orioles organization that season.  He recorded a career .341 average for his 19 year career. 

6. Rogers Hornsby is 6th on the all time list, after being as consistent as it got during the 1924 campaign.  Hornsby registered a .424 average that year, while playing for St. Louis.  He totaled a .358 average during a 23 year career. 

7. George Sisler is 7th, after finishing the 1922 campaign with a .420 average.  Sisler did this while playing for the St. Louis Browns. He collected a .340 average during a 15 year career. 

8. Ty Cobb is number 8 on the list, thanks to a great year with Detroit during 1911.  Cobb recorded a .419 average during the 1911 campaign.  He totaled a career .366 average, which is currently the all time record for a career. 

9. Tuck Turner is 9th, after having a very consistent 1894 season.  Turner collected a .418 average during that campaign, while playing for Philadelphia.  He finished a 6 year career with a .320 average. 

10. Sam Thompson rounds out the top 10, thanks to his 1894 season.  Thompson registered a .415 average during the 1894 campaign.  He finished a 15 year career, totaling a .331 average.     

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