Which Player had the Highest On Base Percentage in a MLB Career?

Which Player had the Highest On Base Percentage in a MLB Career? Photo by Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

A Look at the Top Ten Hitters for Highest On Base Percentage for a career in Major League Baseball History.

Top Ten Players for Highest On Base Percentage in a MLB Career.

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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 on base percentage  for a career.

1. Ted Williams is atop the list for the highest on base percentage for a career, after finishing his 19 year career with a .482 on base percentage.  Williams led the league during 12 different seasons for on base percentage. 

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2. Babe Ruth is 2nd on the list, with a .474 on base percentage.  Ruth did this across a 22 year career.  The hall of fame member led the league in on base percentage 10 different seasons. 

3. John McGraw is 3rd on the list, after collecting a .466 on base percentage during the career from 1891-1907.  Mcgraw led the league 3 different times in on base percentage for a campaign.

4. Billy Hamilton is 4th on the list, after having a 14 year career.  Hamilton finished his career with a .455 on base percentage.  His best year related to this accomplishment was during the 1894 season, where he led the league with a .521 on base percentage.    

5. Lou Gehrig rounds out the top 5, thanks to a career on base percentage of .447.  Gehrig had his best season during the 1936 campaign.  Gehrig had a .478 on base percentage that season. 

6. Barry Bonds is number 6, after reaching base consistently during his 22 year career.  Bonds finished his career with a .444 on base percentage.  The left fielder led the league 10 different times in on base percentage during his career.

7. Bill Joyce is 7th on the all time list.  Joyce collected a .435 on base percentage during his 8 year career.  His best season in on base percentage was during the 1896 campaign. 

8. Rogers Hornsby is 8th on the list, after finishing his career with a .434 on base percentage.  Hornsby led the league during 9 seasons in on base percentage.  

9. Ty Cobb is 9th on the all time list, after collecting a .433 on base percentage during the 1905-1928 seasons.  Cobb led the league in on base percentage during 7 different seasons. 

10. Jimmie Foxx rounds out the top 10, as he totaled a .428 on base percentage.  Foxx led the league in on base percentage in just 3 seasons out of his 20 year career.  

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