List of Major League Baseball All-time Leaders in Home Runs by Pitchers
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List of Major League Baseball All-time Leaders in Home Runs by Pitchers
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Wes Ferrell holds both the career and season records for home runs by a pitcher.

In baseball, a home run (HR) is typically a fair hit that passes over an outfield fence or into the stands at a distance from home base of 250 feet or more, which entitles the batter to legally touch all bases and score without liability.[1][2] Atypically, a batter who hits a fair ball and touches each base in succession from 1st to home, without an error being charged to a defensive player, is credited with an inside-the-park home run.[3][4] If, during a play, defensive or fan interference is called, and the awarded bases allow the batter to cross home plate, the batter is credited with a home run.[3][5]

Wes Ferrell holds the all-time Major League Baseball record for home runs hit while playing the position of pitcher. He hit 37 as a pitcher.[6]Baseball Hall of Famers Bob Lemon and Warren Spahn are tied for second with 35 career home runs apiece.[7][8]Red Ruffing, Earl Wilson, and Don Drysdale are the only other pitchers to hit at least 25 home runs.[9][10][11]Jack Stivetts hit a total of 35 home runs in his playing career, 21 as a pitcher.[12]

As of the 2018 season, Madison Bumgarner, with 17 home runs, holds the lead among all active pitchers. Bumgarner also has hit the second most home runs by a pitcher since the American League adopted the designated hitter rule in 1973 (behind Carlos Zambrano). Bumgarner has played his whole career thus far for the San Francisco Giants of the National League.

Ferrell also holds the single-season record for home runs by a pitcher, with nine, a mark that he reached in 1931.[6] The record had previously been held by Stivetts, who had hit seven in 1890.[12] Since 1931, six different pitchers have hit seven home runs in a season: Ferrell, Lemon, Don Newcombe, Don Drysdale (twice), Wilson, and Mike Hampton.[6][7][10][11][13][14]

Babe Ruth started his major league career as a pitcher before moving to the outfield. Only 14 of his 714 career home runs were hit as a pitcher, however. [15]

The first pitcher to officially hit a home run was Jack Manning, who accomplished the feat on August 3, 1876.[16] The most home runs by a pitcher in a single game is three, achieved by Jim Tobin on May 13, 1942.[17]

Career

All-time

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Bob Lemon hit 35 of his 37 career home runs as a pitcher.
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Warren Spahn hit all 35 of his career home runs as a pitcher.
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Walter Johnson hit 23 of his 24 career home runs as a pitcher.
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Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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Active player
Most home runs by a pitcher in a career, and their career total including home runs at other positions
Player Home runs Career total Notes Ref
Wes Ferrell 37 38 Hit one home run as a pinch hitter. [6]
Bob LemonHall of Fame 35 37 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [7]
Warren SpahnHall of Fame 35 35 [8]
Red RuffingHall of Fame 34 36 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [9]
Earl Wilson 33 35 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [10]
Don DrysdaleHall of Fame 29 29 [11]
John ClarksonHall of Fame 24 24 [18]
Bob GibsonHall of Fame 24 24 [19]
Carlos Zambrano 24 24 [20]
Walter JohnsonHall of Fame 23 24 Hit one home run as a pinch hitter. [21]
Jack Stivetts 21 35 Hit 11 home runs while playing various other positions and three as a pinch hitter. [12]
Milt Pappas 20 20 [22]
Dizzy Trout 20 20 [23]
Jack Harshman 19 21 Hit two home runs as a first baseman. [24]
Cy YoungHall of Fame 18 18 [25]
Madison Bumgarner§ 17 17
Schoolboy Rowe 16 18 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [26]
Jim Tobin 16 17 Hit one home run as a pinch hitter. [17]
Jim Kaat 16 16 [27]
Mike Hampton 16 16 [14]
Jouett Meekin 15 15 [28]
Hal Schumacher 15 15 [29]
Lefty GroveHall of Fame 15 15 [30]
Claude Passeau 15 15 [31]
Joe Nuxhall 15 15 [32]
Early WynnHall of Fame 15 17 Hit two home runs as a pinch hitter. [33]
Don Newcombe 15 15 [13]
Dick Donovan 15 15 [34]
Don Cardwell 15 15 [35]
Pedro Ramos 15 15 [36]
Rick Wise 15 15 [37]
Gary Peters 15 19 Hit four home runs as a pinch hitter [38]

Active

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Madison Bumgarner, leads active pitchers with 17 home runs.
Most home runs in a career by active pitchers, and their career total including home runs at other positions
Player Home runs Career total Notes Ref
Madison Bumgarner§ 17 17 Only pitcher to hit two home runs on Opening Day.[39] [40]
Yovani Gallardo§ 12 12 [41]
Travis Wood§ 11 11 Hit one home run in the 2016 National League Division Series for the Chicago Cubs. [42] It was the first postseason home run hit by a pitcher since 2008, when Joe Blanton hit one in the 2008 World Series. [43]
Adam Wainwright§ 10 10 [44]
Matt Cain§ 7 7 [45]
Jake Arrieta§ 6 6 [46]
Bronson Arroyo§ 6 6 [47]
Zack Greinke§ 6 6 [48]
Mike Leake§ 6 6 [49]
  • Statistics obtained from MLB.com.[50] Updated through June 7, 2018.

Single-season

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Jack Stivetts hit 7 home runs, as a pitcher, in 1890.
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Mike Hampton hit 7 home runs in 2001 for the Colorado Rockies.
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Active player

Progression of the single-season record

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John Clarkson tied the single-season record in 1885 with four, then broke it by hitting six in 1887.
Progression of the single-season home run record by a pitcher, their home run total, year, and team
Player Home runs Year Team Notes Ref
Jack Manning 1 1876 Boston Red Caps Tied by Jim Devlin (1877),[54]Terry Larkin (1877),[55] and John Montgomery Ward (1878).[56] [16]
John Montgomery WardHall of Fame 2 1879 Providence Grays [56]
Jim Whitney 4 1882 Boston Red Caps Tied by John Clarkson (1885).[18] [57]
John ClarksonHall of Fame 6 1887 Chicago White Stockings [18]
Jack Stivetts 7 1890 St. Louis Browns [12]
Wes Ferrell 9 1931 Cleveland Indians [6]

Single-game

Most home runs by a pitcher in a game, team, home runs, date of game, and opposing team
Player Team Home Runs Date Opposing team Ref
Jim Tobin Boston Braves 3 May 13, 1942 Chicago Cubs [17]

References

  1. ^ Official Baseball Rule, 6.09 (d), page 61
  2. ^ Official Baseball Rule, 7.05 (a), page 66
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  4. ^ Paul Dickson (2011-06-13). The Dickson Baseball Dictionary (Third Edition). W. W. Norton. p. 426. ISBN 978-0-393-34008-2. 
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  7. ^ a b c d "Bob Lemon career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Warren Spahn career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Red Ruffing career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "Earl Wilson career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Don Drysdale career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Jack Stivetts career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c "Don Newcombe career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  14. ^ a b c "Mike Hampton career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  15. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/MLB_all-time_leaders_in_home_runs_by_pitchers
  16. ^ a b "Jack Manning career home runs". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved 2014. 
  17. ^ a b c "Jim Tobin career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  18. ^ a b c d "John Clarkson career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  19. ^ "Bob Gibson career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  20. ^ a b "Carlos Zambrano career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014. 
  21. ^ "Walter Johnson career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  22. ^ "Milt Pappas career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  23. ^ "Dizzy Trout career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  24. ^ a b c "Jack Harshman career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  25. ^ "Cy Young career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  26. ^ "Schoolboy Rowe career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  27. ^ "Jim Kaat career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  28. ^ "Jouett Meekin career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  29. ^ a b "Hal Schumacher career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  30. ^ "Lefty Grove career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  31. ^ "Claude Passeau career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  32. ^ "Joe Nuxhall career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  33. ^ "Early Wynn career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  34. ^ "Dick Donovan career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  35. ^ "Don Cardwell career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  36. ^ "Pedro Ramos career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  37. ^ a b "Rick Wise career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  38. ^ "Gary Peters career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  39. ^ "Madison Bumgarner becomes first pitcher to hit two home runs on Opening Day". ESPN.go.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017. 
  40. ^ "Madison Bumgarner". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2017. 
  41. ^ "Yovani Gallardo career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  42. ^ "Travis Wood replaced Kyle Hendricks in NLDS Game 2 and coolly hit a solo home run". m.mlb.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved 2017. 
  43. ^ "Travis Wood career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  44. ^ "Adam Wainwright career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  45. ^ "Matt Cain career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  46. ^ "Jake Arrieta career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  47. ^ "Bronson Arroyo career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  48. ^ "Zack Greinke career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  49. ^ "Mike Leake career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  50. ^ "Statistics". mlb.mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, L.P. Retrieved 2018. 
  51. ^ "Bill Hutchinson career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  52. ^ "Ferguson Jenkins career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  53. ^ "Sonny Siebert career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012. 
  54. ^ "Jim Devlin career home runs". baseball-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2014. 
  55. ^ "Terry Larkin career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2014. 
  56. ^ a b "John Montgomery Ward career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2014. 
  57. ^ "Jim Whitney career home runs". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2014. 

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