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    most games reaching base safely in a season

    I don't know the answer to this but was curious. who holds the record for most games reaching base safely in a season. would be interested for both 162 and 154 game seasons.

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    Babe Ruth reached base safely 379 times in 1923 (205 H, 170 BB, 4 HBP).
    376 for Barry Bonds in 2004.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...B_season.shtml

    But, percentage-wise, Bonds has Ruth beat by a lot.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...c_season.shtml
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    Quote Originally Posted by ipitch View Post
    Babe Ruth reached base safely 379 times in 1923 (205 H, 170 BB, 4 HBP).
    376 for Barry Bonds in 2004.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...B_season.shtml

    But, percentage-wise, Bonds has Ruth beat by a lot.
    http://www.baseball-reference.com/le...c_season.shtml
    I actually meant number of games, not total times on base. For example, in 2004 Bonds reached base safely (hit, walk, HBP) in 141 of the 147 games he played. Very impressive, but he missed too many games. In 1997, he reached base safely in 143 games.

    In 1988, Boggs reached safely in 152 games. I'm wondering if this is the most, of if anyone reached base safely more than 152 games in a single year?

    In 1995 Edgar Martinez reached safely base in 137 games. I only mention this because his team only played 145 that year, so he reached safely in 94.5% of his team's games, higher then either percentage above for Bonds or Boggs (since Bonds missed a number of games each of those years)

    I also asked about the 154 game schedule because I thought Williams (1947 or 1949, for example) probalby reached base a very high number of games in a season, although I can't imagine he was over 152. I don't have a source for the data to look it up, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn View Post
    I actually meant number of games, not total times on base.
    Oops, I misread it.

    Rogers Hornsby's 1922 season is a good candidate. He had HITS in 135 of his 154 games, but I don't know how many BBs or HBPs he had in the other 19 games.

    His box scores are available, so maybe you could check.
    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1922/Y_1922.htm

    EDIT: Actually, it's much easier to check on this page.
    http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1...1010081922.htm
    If my math is correct, he reached safely in 145 of 154 games.
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    It looks like Ted Williams reached safely in 150 of 155 games in 1949, including 84 in a row.

    http://www.boston.com/sports/redsox/...otsteps+.shtml
    In 1948, excluding two pinch-hit appearances, there were only three games all season when he was kept off the bases. In 1949, it only happened five times.

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    brooklyn: I actually meant number of games, not total times on base. For example, in 2004 Bonds reached base safely (hit, walk, HBP) in 141 of the 147 games he played. Very impressive, but he missed too many games.

    put an asterisk next to that 141 of 147:
    in 2 of those 6 games (18 aug in montreal and 30 aug, atlanta) bonds was 0-fer-1 while pinch-hitting.
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    Thanks for ther responses. Some impressive totals from teh 154-game era. Still looking for anyone that reached base in more games in a single season more Boggs' 152 .

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    Very impressive from Boggs there, wouldnt have thought he would have had quite that many in a season.
    Id imagine Teddy or Babe would be around the same percentage of games being on base over the shorter season. nobody had 153 games on base in the 154 game seasons, since only one person (teddy) has had a streak longer enough (and only once) that they could play every game in a season and only have 1 failed day.
    If Teddy made base in 150 games in 1949 (BRef doesnt have game logs for 1949) then that means he reached base in 96.77% of his team's games!
    Last edited by bob; 05-12-2009 at 04:41 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooklyn View Post
    In 1988, Boggs reached safely in 152 games. I'm wondering if this is the most, of if anyone reached base safely more than 152 games in a single year?
    It was in 1985 that Wade Boggs reached safely in 152 games. He played 161 games, so he didn't get on base in 9 games. Those games were:
    April 21 @ CHW
    May 5 @ OAK
    May 24 @ TEX
    May 25 @ TEX (but he only took 1 AB in that game)
    Aug 1 vs CHW (though he reached on error, but that doesn't count as a time on base)
    Aug 28 @ CLE
    Sep 7 vs CLE (again, reached on error)
    Sep 24 @ TOR (AGAIN!, reached on error)
    Oct 3 @ BAL

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/pl...&t=b&year=1985

    So, he MADE 1st base in 155 games out of 161 played.

    Rogers Hornsby (1922), Chuck Klein (1930), Wade Boggs (1985), Derek Jeter (1999) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) each had at least one hit in 135 games: RECORD
    Ichiro in 2001: 141 games reached safely
    Jeter in 1999: 148 games reached safely

    Jeff Bagwell and John Olerud had 151 games reaching on base safely in 1996 and 1999, respectively. I think that's the closest that somebody got to the Boggs' record (if it is a record).
    But Olerud and Bagwell's seasons may be slightly better: Boggs got 340 TOB, but Olerud only 309 times and Bagwell 324 times.

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