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The batting championship is awarded to the Major League Baseball player in each the American League and National League who has the highest batting average in a particular season.

Currently, players need to accrue an average of 3.1 plate appearances for each game their team plays in order to qualify for the batting title. An exception to this qualification rule is that, if a player falls short of the 3.1 plate appearances per game but would still have the highest batting average even if enough hitless at bats were added to reach the 3.1 mark, the player still wins the batting championship. The latest example of this exception being employed occurred in 1996 when Tony Gwynn had 159 hits in 451 at bats for a .353 batting average but had only 498 plate appearances, four short of the 502 necessary. Since four hitless at bats would have lowered his batting average to .349 but .349 was still better than anyone else in the league, Gwynn was named the National League batting champion. [1]

American LeagueEdit

Year Player Team(s) Batting Average
1901 # Flag of the United States Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Athletics .426 1902 {{playerEd Delahanty)) Washington Senators .376 1903 # Flag of the United States Nap Lajoie Cleveland Naps .344
1904 # Flag of the United States Nap Lajoie Cleveland Naps .376
1905 # Flag of the United States Elmer Flick Cleveland Naps .308
1906 # Flag of the United States George Stone St. Louis Browns .358
1907 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .350
1908 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .324
1909 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .377
1910 # Flag of the United States Nap Lajoie Cleveland Naps .384
1911 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .420
1912 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .409
1913 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .390
1914 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .368
1915 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .369
1916 # Flag of the United States Tris Speaker Cleveland Indians .386
1917 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .383
1918 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .382
1919 # Flag of the United States Ty Cobb Detroit Tigers .384
1920 # Flag of the United States George Sisler St. Louis Browns .407
1921 # Flag of the United States Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers .394
1922 # Flag of the United States George Sisler St. Louis Browns .420
1923 # Flag of the United States Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers .403
1924 # Flag of the United States Babe Ruth New York Yankees .378
1925 # Flag of the United States Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers .393
1926 # Flag of the United States Heinie Manush Detroit Tigers .378
1927 # Flag of the United States Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers .398
1928 # Flag of the United States Goose Goslin Washington Senators .379
1929 # Flag of the United States Lew Fonseca Cleveland Indians .369
1930 # Flag of the United States Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics .381
1931 # Flag of the United States Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics .390
1932 # Flag of the United States Dale Alexander Detroit Tigers
Boston Red Sox
.367
1933 # Flag of the United States Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox .356
1934 # Flag of the United States Lou Gehrig New York Yankees .363
1935 # Flag of the United States Buddy Myer Washington Senators .349
1936 # Flag of the United States Luke Appling Chicago White Sox .388
1937 # Flag of the United States Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers .371
1938 # Flag of the United States Jimmie Foxx Boston Red Sox .349
1939 # Flag of the United States Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees .381
1940 # Flag of the United States Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees .352
1941 # Flag of the United States Ted Williams Boston Red Sox .406
1942 # Flag of the United States Ted Williams Boston Red Sox .356
1943 # Flag of the United States Luke Appling Chicago White Sox .328
1944 # Flag of the United States Lou Boudreau Cleveland Indians .327
1945 # Flag of the United States Snuffy Stirnweiss New York Yankees .309
1946 # Flag of the United States Mickey Vernon Washington Senators .353
1947 # Flag of the United States Ted Williams Boston Red Sox .343
1948 # Flag of the United States Ted Williams Boston Red Sox .369
1949 # Flag of the United States George Kell Detroit Tigers .343
1950 # Flag of the United States Billy Goodman Boston Red Sox .354
1951 # Flag of the United States Ferris Fain Philadelphia Athletics .344
1952 # Flag of the United States Ferris Fain Philadelphia Athletics .327
1953 # Flag of the United States Mickey Vernon Washington Senators .337
1954 # Flag of Mexico Bobby Avila Cleveland Indians .341
1955 # Flag of the United States Al Kaline Detroit Tigers .340
1956 # Flag of the United States Mickey Mantle New York Yankees .353
1957 # Flag of the United States Ted Williams Boston Red Sox .388
1958 # Flag of the United States Ted Williams Boston Red Sox .328
1959 # Flag of the United States Harvey Kuenn Detroit Tigers .353
1960 # Flag of the United States Pete Runnels Boston Red Sox .320
1961 # Flag of the United States Norm Cash Detroit Tigers .361
1962 # Flag of the United States Pete Runnels Boston Red Sox .326
1963 # Flag of the United States Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox .321
1964 # Flag of Cuba Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins .323
1965 # Flag of Cuba Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins .323
1966 # Flag of the United States Frank Robinson Baltimore Orioles .316
1967 # Flag of the United States Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox .326
1968 # Flag of the United States Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox .301
1969 # Flag of Panama Rod Carew Minnesota Twins .332
1970 # Flag of the United States Alex Johnson California Angels .329
1971 # Flag of Cuba Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins .337
1972 # Flag of Panama Rod Carew Minnesota Twins .318
1973 # Flag of Panama Rod Carew Minnesota Twins .350
1974 # Flag of Panama Rod Carew Minnesota Twins .364
1975 # Flag of Panama Rod Carew Minnesota Twins .359
1976 # Flag of the United States George Brett Kansas City Royals .333
1977 # Flag of Panama Rod Carew Minnesota Twins .388
1978 # Flag of Panama Rod Carew Minnesota Twins .333
1979 # Flag of the United States Fred Lynn Boston Red Sox .333
1980 # Flag of the United States George Brett Kansas City Royals .390
1981 # Flag of the United States Carney Lansford Boston Red Sox .336
1982 # Flag of the United States Willie Wilson Kansas City Royals .332
1983 # Flag of the United States Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox .361
1984 # Flag of the United States Don Mattingly New York Yankees .343
1985 # Flag of the United States Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox .368
1986 # Flag of the United States Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox .357
1987 # Flag of the United States Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox .363
1988 # Flag of the United States Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox .366
1989 # Flag of the United States Kirby Puckett Minnesota Twins .339
1990 # Flag of the United States George Brett Kansas City Royals .329
1991 # Flag of the Dominican Republic Julio Franco Texas Rangers .341
1992 # Flag of the United States Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners .343
1993 # Flag of the United States John Olerud Toronto Blue Jays .363
1994 # Flag of the United States Paul O'Neill New York Yankees .359
1995 # Flag of the United States Edgar Martinez Seattle Mariners .356
1996 # Flag of the United States Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners .358
1997 # Flag of the United States Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox .347
1998 # Flag of Puerto Rico Bernie Williams New York Yankees .339
1999 # Flag of the United States Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox .357
2000 # Flag of the United States Nomar Garciaparra Boston Red Sox .372
2001 # Flag of Japan Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners .350
2002 # Flag of the Dominican Republic Manny Ramirez Boston Red Sox .349
2003 # Flag of the United States Bill Mueller Boston Red Sox .326
2004 # Flag of Japan Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners .372
2005 # Flag of the United States Michael Young Texas Rangers .331
2006 # Flag of the United States Joe Mauer Minnesota Twins .347


The 1902 AL batting championship was awarded to Ed Delahanty at the time, and the Baseball Hall of Fame's statistics still credit Delahanty as the champion over Lajoie. The Hall of Fame lists Lajoie's 1902 stats as being 129 H / 352 AB / .368 BA, while Baseball-reference.com lists them as 133 H / 352 AB / .378 BA, which would place Lajoie above Delahanty.

Additionally, Lajoie had only 371 plate appearances to Delahanty's 535 or 536 (depending on which source you use), so there may also have been an issue of eligibility — Lajoie's 371 plate appearances falls well below the 424 that would be required under the current 3.1 plate appearances per team game standard of eligibility, and adding 53 hitless at bats would drop his average to .314.

This discrepancy is somewhat significant, as Delahanty is regarded as the only player to win a batting title in both leagues (.410, 1899 Phillies), as of the end of the 2005 season.

National LeagueEdit

Year Player Team(s) Batting Average
1876 # Flag of the United States Ross Barnes Chicago White Stockings .429
1877 # Flag of the United States Deacon White Boston Red Caps .387
1878 # Flag of the United States Paul Hines Providence Grays .358
1879 # Flag of the United States Paul Hines Providence Grays .357
1880 # Flag of the United States George Gore Chicago White Stockings .360
1881 # Flag of the United States Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings .399
1882 # Flag of the United States Dan Brouthers Buffalo Bisons .368
1883 # Flag of the United States Dan Brouthers Buffalo Bisons .374
1884 # Flag of the United States King Kelly Chicago White Stockings .354
1885 # Flag of the United States Roger Connor New York Giants .371
1886 # Flag of the United States King Kelly Chicago White Stockings .388
1887 # Flag of the United States Sam Thompson Detroit Wolverines .372
1888 # Flag of the United States Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings .344
1889 # Flag of the United States Dan Brouthers Boston Beaneaters .373
1890 # Flag of the United States Jack Glasscock New York Giants .336
1891 # Flag of the United States Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies .340
1892 # Flag of the United States Dan Brouthers Brooklyn Grooms .335
1893 # Flag of the United States Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies .380
1894 # Flag of the United States Hugh Duffy Boston Beaneaters .440
1895 # Flag of the United States Jesse Burkett Cleveland Spiders .409
1896 # Flag of the United States Jesse Burkett Cleveland Spiders .410
1897 # Flag of the United States Willie Keeler Baltimore Orioles .424
1898 # Flag of the United States Willie Keeler Baltimore Orioles .385
1899 # Flag of the United States Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies .410
1900 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .381
1901 # Flag of the United States Jesse Burkett St. Louis Cardinals .376
1902 # Flag of the United States Ginger Beaumont Pittsburgh Pirates .357
1903 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .355
1904 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .349
1905 # Flag of the United States Cy Seymour Cincinnati Reds .377
1906 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .339
1907 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .350
1908 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .354
1909 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .339
1910 # Flag of the United States Sherry Magee Philadelphia Phillies .331
1911 # Flag of the United States Honus Wagner Pittsburgh Pirates .334
1912 # Flag of the United States Heinie Zimmerman Chicago Cubs .372
1913 # Flag of the United States Jake Daubert Brooklyn Superbas .350
1914 # Flag of the United States Jake Daubert Brooklyn Superbas .329
1915 # Flag of the United States Larry Doyle New York Giants .320
1916 # Flag of the United States Hal Chase Cincinnati Reds .339
1917 # Flag of the United States Edd Roush Cincinnati Reds .341
1918 # Flag of the United States Zack Wheat Brooklyn Robins .335
1919 # Flag of the United States Edd Roush Cincinnati Reds .321
1920 # Flag of the United States Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals .370
1921 # Flag of the United States Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals .397
1922 # Flag of the United States Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals .401
1923 # Flag of the United States Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals .384
1924 # Flag of the United States Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals .424
1925 # Flag of the United States Rogers Hornsby St. Louis Cardinals .403
1926 # Flag of the United States Bubbles Hargrave Cincinnati Reds .353
1927 # Flag of the United States Paul Waner Pittsburgh Pirates .380
1928 # Flag of the United States Rogers Hornsby Boston Braves .387
1929 # Flag of the United States Lefty O'Doul Philadelphia Phillies .398
1930 # Flag of the United States Bill Terry New York Giants .401
1931 # Flag of the United States Chick Hafey St. Louis Cardinals .390
1932 # Flag of the United States Lefty O'Doul Brooklyn Dodgers .368
1933 # Flag of the United States Chuck Klein Philadelphia Phillies .368
1934 # Flag of the United States Paul Waner Pittsburgh Pirates .362
1935 # Flag of the United States Arky Vaughan Pittsburgh Pirates .385
1936 # Flag of the United States Paul Waner Pittsburgh Pirates .373
1937 # Flag of the United States Joe Medwick St. Louis Cardinals .374
1938 # Flag of the United States Ernie Lombardi Cincinnati Reds .342
1939 # Flag of the United States Johnny Mize St. Louis Cardinals .349
1940 # Flag of the United States Debs Garms Pittsburgh Pirates .352
1941 # Flag of the United States Pete Reiser Brooklyn Dodgers .343
1942 # Flag of the United States Ernie Lombardi Boston Braves .330
1943 # Flag of the United States Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals .357
1944 # Flag of the United States Dixie Walker Brooklyn Dodgers .357
1945 # Flag of the United States Phil Cavarretta Chicago Cubs .355
1946 # Flag of the United States Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals .365
1947 # Flag of the United States Harry Walker St. Louis Cardinals
Philadelphia Phillies
.363
1948 # Flag of the United States Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals .376
1949 # Flag of the United States Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers .342
1950 # Flag of the United States Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals .346
1951 # Flag of the United States Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals .355
1952 # Flag of the United States Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals .336
1953 # Flag of the United States Carl Furillo Brooklyn Dodgers .344
1954 # Flag of the United States Willie Mays New York Giants .345
1955 # Flag of the United States Richie Ashburn Philadelphia Phillies .338
1956 # Flag of the United States Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves .328
1957 # Flag of the United States Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals .351
1958 # Flag of the United States Richie Ashburn Philadelphia Phillies .350
1959 # Flag of the United States Hank Aaron Milwaukee Braves .355
1960 # Flag of the United States Dick Groat Pittsburgh Pirates .325
1961 # Flag of Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates .351
1962 # Flag of the United States Tommy Davis Los Angeles Dodgers .346
1963 # Flag of the United States Tommy Davis Los Angeles Dodgers .326
1964 # Flag of Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates .339
1965 # Flag of Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates .329
1966 # Flag of the Dominican Republic Matty Alou Pittsburgh Pirates .342
1967 # Flag of Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates .357
1968 # Flag of the United States Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds .335
1969 # Flag of the United States Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds .348
1970 # Flag of the Dominican Republic Rico Carty Atlanta Braves .366
1971 # Flag of the United States Joe Torre St. Louis Cardinals .363
1972 # Flag of the United States Billy Williams Chicago Cubs .333
1973 # Flag of the United States Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds .338
1974 # Flag of the United States Ralph Garr Atlanta Braves .353
1975 # Flag of the United States Bill Madlock Chicago Cubs .354
1976 # Flag of the United States Bill Madlock Chicago Cubs .339
1977 # Flag of the United States Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates .338
1978 # Flag of the United States Dave Parker Pittsburgh Pirates .334
1979 # Flag of the United States Keith Hernandez St. Louis Cardinals .344
1980 # Flag of the United States Bill Buckner Chicago Cubs .324
1981 # Flag of the United States Bill Madlock Pittsburgh Pirates .340
1982 # Flag of the United States Al Oliver Montreal Expos .331
1983 # Flag of the United States Bill Madlock Pittsburgh Pirates .323
1984 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .351
1985 # Flag of the United States Willie McGee St. Louis Cardinals .353
1986 # Flag of the United States Tim Raines Montreal Expos .334
1987 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .370
1988 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .313
1989 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .336
1990 # Flag of the United States Willie McGee St. Louis Cardinals .335
1991 # Flag of the United States Terry Pendleton Atlanta Braves .319
1992 # Flag of the United States Gary Sheffield San Diego Padres .330
1993 # Flag of Venezuela Andres Galarraga Colorado Rockies .363
1994 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .394
1995 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .368
1996 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .353
1997 # Flag of the United States Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres .372
1998 # Flag of Canada Larry Walker Colorado Rockies .363
1999 # Flag of Canada Larry Walker Colorado Rockies .379
2000 # Flag of the United States Todd Helton Colorado Rockies .372
2001 # Flag of Canada Larry Walker Colorado Rockies .350
2002 # Flag of the United States Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants .370
2003 # Flag of the Dominican Republic Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals .359
2004 # Flag of the United States Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants .362
2005 # Flag of the United States Derrek Lee Chicago Cubs .335
2006 # Flag of the United States Freddy Sanchez Pittsburgh Pirates .344

American AssociationEdit

Year Player Team(s) Batting Average
1882 # Flag of the United States Pete Browning Louisville Eclipse .378
1883 # Flag of the United States Ed Swartwood Pittsburgh Alleghenies .357
1884 # Flag of the United States Dave Orr New York Metropolitans .354
1885 # Flag of the United States Pete Browning Louisville Colonels .362
1886 # Flag of the United States Guy Hecker Louisville Colonels .341
1887 # Flag of Canada Tip O'Neill St. Louis Browns .435
1888 # Flag of Canada Tip O'Neill St. Louis Browns .335
1889 # Flag of the United States Tommy Tucker Baltimore Orioles .372
1890 # Flag of the United States Jimmy Wolf Louisville Colonels .363
1891 # Flag of the United States Dan Brouthers Boston Reds .350

Federal LeagueEdit

Year Player Team(s) Batting Average
1914 # Flag of the United States Benny Kauff Indianapolis Hoosiers .370
1915 # Flag of the United States Benny Kauff Brooklyn Tip-Tops .342

Player's LeagueEdit

Year Player Team(s) Batting Average
1890 # Flag of the United States Pete Browning Cleveland Infants .373

Union AssociationEdit

Year Player Team(s) Batting Average
1884 # Flag of the United States Fred Dunlap St. Louis Maroons .412

National AssociationEdit

Year Player Team(s) Batting Average
1871 # Flag of the United States Levi Meyerle Philadelphia Athletics .492
1872 # Flag of the United States Ross Barnes Boston Red Stockings .432
1873 # Flag of the United States Ross Barnes Boston Red Stockings .425
1874 # Flag of the United States Levi Meyerle Chicago White Stockings .394
1875 # Flag of the United States Deacon White Boston Red Stockings .367

ReferenceEdit

Baseball-Reference.com

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