10 Hitters with Most Home Runs in Baseball History
Home run is the king of baseball; it is an undeniable fact. No other play causes such excitement and admiration amongst fans. Home run hitters are usually considered great but dangerous players. Through its long history, baseball has seen a good number of skilled artists of sending the ball out of the ballpark, in America and in the rest of the world. Here is the list of the 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history, at any circuit of professional baseball.
10 Hitters with Most Home Runs in Baseball History
10. Jim Thome
Retired in 2012, Thome was a prolific left-handed hitter who played 22 seasons, most notably with the Cleveland Indians of MLB, with who he played in the 1995 and 1997 World Series. Thome is tenth in our list of 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history as he amassed 612 round-trippers, seventh all time in MLB. His best year was 2002 with the Indians; he hit 52 homers that season. Between 1996 and 2008, Thome hit at least 30 home runs in 12 of 13 seasons and he averaged one homer per 13.76 at bats, an incredible rate that ranks him 4th all-time in that statistic.
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9. Ken Griffey Jr.
Griffey Jr. could have been the best player in baseball history if not for his countless injuries. His career started in 1989 with the Seattle Mariners and ended in 2010 with the same team, he also played with the Cincinnati Reds between 2000 and 2007. In 21 years, he hit 630 home runs, sixth in MLB history and ninth in our list of 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. His best years were 1997 and 1998, hitting 52 bombers each. In 1993, at just 23, he had a breakout year when it comes to home runs as he hit 45 that year. Overall, he surpassed the 40-homers barrier seven times and his HR ratio was of 15.56, 24th all-time.
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8. Alex Rodríguez
Not so well liked, Alex Rodriguez is the only active player in our list of 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. This year he will make his comeback after a whole season suspension due to Ped’s and in a few days, he may escalate to number seven spot in the list. In twenty years -and to day- A-Rod has hit 655 home runs and his best year was 2002 when he hit 57 homers. He surpassed the 50 home runs barrier three times. However, for most of baseball fans, steroids taint all of his bombers. Rodríguez had an incredible home runs rate at the beginning of his career. Between 1998 and 2007, he hit at least 40 homers 8 times, including six in a row and two seasons with at least 50 four baggers; his home run ratio was 14.18 (it would have ranked him 6th all time),then his numbers started a slight decline.
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7. Katsuya Nomura
Nomura was a catcher and player-manager in Japanese Baseball Leagues during a record 26 years, spanning from 1954 to 1980. In those years, he won numerous awards, established tons of records for catchers, and hit 657 bombers in the meantime. His total ranks second in Japanese Leagues and seventh in our list of the 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. He led his league in homers eight times in a row and his top season was 1963 when he made 53 balls fly out of the fence. Nomura had four seasons with 40 home runs, including four in a row between 1962 and 1965. His home run ratio was of 15.94 and we could say his longevity allowed him to reach his total.
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6. Willie Mays
“Say hey kid” is considered by many baseball fans, the best player in baseball history. After-all he was a gifted athlete and five tool player, who was good at hitting for average and power, defense, running and a good throwing arm. In 22 years, Willie Mays had 660 home runs, which ranks him sixth in our list of the 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. That total could have been higher if not for one year, 1953, in the military service. His best year was 1965 when he hit 52 homers. Mays reached the 50 home runs barrier two times and the 40-barrier in six. His home run ratio was of 16.49 (37th in MLB history). Many argue that if Mays had not gone to military service he would have reached 700 home runs.
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5. Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth is the most iconic and historically important figure in baseball. He changed the game in various ways, most notably, in the preponderance he gave to home run. Before him, no one hit home runs at such incredible rate and strength. While still a pitcher, in 1919, Ruth broke the home run record with 29 and one year later, he broke his own record with 54. Eventually he broke the home run record 4 times and hit more than 50 the same number of times, a MLB record. Ruth finished his career with 714 bombers with 1927 being his best year, hitting 60 round-trippers. Ruth is 3rd in MLB all-time list but fifth in our list of the 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. Babe Ruth was the first player to hit 30, 40, 50 and 60 home runs in a season in MLB and the first one to reach 200, 300, 400, 500, 600 and 700 home run milestone in a career. His home run ratio was 11.76, only surpassed by Mark McGwire, who took steroids. Ruth is undoubtedly the most iconic star in baseball history.
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4. Hank Aaron
In 1974, Hank Aaron broke one of the most mystified baseball records, when he surpassed Babe Ruth as the all-time leader in homers. The “Hammer” would go on to play three more seasons, completing a 23 years career and 755 home runs, currently second in MLB all-time list and fourth in our list of the 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. Aaron never hit 50 home runs but he had 8 seasons with 40 or more bombers (topped 47 in 1971), surpassed only by Ruth. From 1957 to 1973, he hit 30 or more home runs in 15 of 17 seasons. His career home run ratio was 16.38, 36th in MLB history. Like Nomura, longevity played in Aaron’s favor and this doesn’t dismiss, in anyhow, the career and legacy of this baseball legend.
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3. Barry Bonds
Like A-Rod, Bonds is not very well liked by most baseball fans due to his links to PEDS. His records are tainted for most lovers of the sport; however, many still regard him as one of the best players in history. On August 7, 2007, Bonds broke Aaron’s record for home runs when he hit his 756. Currently he ranks number 1 in the MLB all-time home run list and third in our list of 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. His “best” season was 2001 when he established the single season home run record with 73 four-baggers, a considerable raise from previous season (49) which started rumors about steroids use. Bonds hit 70 homers only once and never hit over 50 or 60, previously or after 2001. He hit 40 bombers in 8 seasons and his home run ratio was 12.92, third all-time in that list and excluding his “suspicious” season of 2001, he would still rank 3rd with 13.60 HRs/Abs.
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2. Héctor Espino
Mexican Espino is probably the least known name amongst our list of 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history, where he’s ranked second. Espino only hit three home runs in United States Minor Leagues but 28 in Mexican Central League, 453 in Mexican Baseball League –a summer circuit- and 299 in Pacific Mexican League –winter circuit where he is the all-time record holder for homers-. It makes 783 home runs. Those who saw him killing balls agree that he would have been a star in the majors. “The Killer Kid” and “Superman” were his nicknames. He was a big fish in a very small tank, since he dominated both circuits as nobody has dominated any league in the world. Holder of a number of records in both leagues and winner of countless awards, Espino is undoubtedly the central figure in Mexican Baseball history.
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1. Sadaharu Oh
When Oh made his professional debut in 1959, he was far from being a prospect. However, persistence made Oh the biggest star in Japanese baseball history, setting countless records and multiple awards and trophies. He won 11 Japan Series and 9 MVP awards, and set the world record of 868 home runs, ranking number one in our list of 10 hitters with most home runs in baseball history. Oh batted at least 40 homers in a record of 13 seasons, in a period of 15 years, including three times over 50 bombers, his best year was 1964 when he hit 55, a then record that stood (alone or shared) for almost 50 years. Oh is definitely the home run king in professional baseball history. His breakout year was 1962 when he hit 38 home runs and kept surpassing that barrier for the next 19 years, the rest of his career. He hit over 40 homers 10 times and over 50, three times. His home run ratio is 10.65 that is only 0.04 points higher than Mar McGwire –the MLB leader. However, Oh did it on samurai sword teachings. I am not joking.
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There are dozens of other great home run hitters. Joshua Gibson, supposedly hit around 800 home runs but the lack of a precise number for his four-baggers kept him out of the list. Active players Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout may eventually end up in the list in the future.