Mlb League Leaders
True baseball fans have many unique qualities, not the least of which is a passionate knowledge of Major League (MLB) leaders in the major statistical categories. Indeed, one of the most enjoyable aspects of baseball is that it is objectively measured through numbers—batting averages and strikeouts and home runs and wins and more. A rundown of historical MLB league leaders in various categories:
- Wins. The MLB league leader in wins from the pitching mound is Cy Young, who was credited with 511 wins during a 22-year career between 1890 and 1911. 1890-1911. Cy Young pitched for five teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, and was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1937.
- Earned Run Average (ERA). This statistical category measures consistency in pitching excellence. The MLB league leader is Eddie Walsh, also known as "Big Ed." Walsh finished a thirteen-year career with the White Sox and Braves with a 1.82 ERA.
- Strikeouts. Another key pitching statistic is number of strikeouts. The MLB league leader in strikeouts is Nolan Ryan, who whiffed 5,714 batters during a 27-year career with four MLB teams. Ryan also leads MLB in no-hitters.
- Batting average. The MLB league leader in this category, a key measurement in batting efficiency, is Rogers Hornsby. Hornsby hit .359 in a 22-year career that lasted between 1915 and 1937.
- Home runs. This statistic is and will be the most hotly debated of any MLB statistical category. The MLB leader in home runs is the recently retired Barry Bonds, with 762 home runs; he topped Hank Aaron in the first decade of the 21st century. Aaron remains in second with 755 homers.
- Runs. The name of the game is touching all four bases, and no one did it better than Rickey Henderson, who scored, 2,295 times in a 24-year career. The MLB league leader in runs scored edged the historical Ty Cobb, who remains in second with 2,245.
- Stolen Bases. Baseball is nothing if not a game for opportunists. Those who took chances on the base paths were usually rewarded with success on the diamond. Henderson is also the MLB league leader in stolen bases, with 1,406, nearly 500 more than Lou Brock, who held the record for many years.