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List of Major League Baseball players with a career .330 batting average

File:TyCobb1914.jpg
Ty Cobb holds the Major League Baseball record for highest career batting average, at .366.

A baseball player's batting average (BA) statistic is calculated by dividing the number of hits by the number of at bats.[1] In Major League Baseball (MLB), a .330 career batting average is relatively rare; only 30 players in MLB history have batted .330 for their careers, with a minimum of 3,000 plate appearances.[2] All but three finished their careers before 1946.[2] There have been 205 players who batted at least .300.[2] Baseball historians consider .330 to be an outstanding batting average.[3][4]

The fielding positions represented on the list are outfielders, first basemen, second basemen, and third basemen; there are no catchers or shortstops with a .330 BA. Outfielder Ty Cobb, whose career ended in 1928, has the highest batting average in MLB history.[2] He batted .366 over 24 seasons, mostly with the Detroit Tigers. In addition, he won a record 11 batting titles for leading the American League in BA over the course of an entire season. He batted over .360 in 11 consecutive seasons from 1909 to 1919.[5] Rogers Hornsby has the second highest BA of all-time, at .358.[2] He won seven batting titles in the National League (NL) and has the highest NL average in a single season since 1900, when he batted .424 in 1924. He batted over .370 in six consecutive seasons.[6]

Shoeless Joe Jackson is the only other player to finish his career with a .350 batting average.[2] He batted .356 over 13 seasons before he was permanently suspended from organized baseball in 1921 for his role in the Black Sox Scandal.[7] Lefty O'Doul first came to the major leagues as a pitcher, but after developing a sore arm, he converted to an outfielder and won two batting titles.[8] The fifth player on the list, and the last with at least a .345 BA, is Ed Delahanty. Delahanty's career was cut short when he fell into the Niagara Falls and died during the 1903 season.[9]

The last player to bat .400 in a season, Ted Williams,[10] ranks eighth on the all-time career BA list. Babe Ruth is widely considered to be the greatest player in baseball history,[11] and he hit for a career .342 average and is tenth on the list. There are no active MLB players with a .330 career BA. Miguel Cabrera holds the highest career batting average among active players, having batted .320 over 12 seasons.[12] Tony Gwynn, who retired after the 2001 season, was the last active player on the list.[13] Of the 30 players who have batted .330, 23 have been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.[14]

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List

File:Rogers Hornsby.jpg
Rogers Hornsby has the second-highest career batting average.
File:ShoelessJoeJackson.jpg
Shoeless Joe Jackson is third on the all-time list.
File:Ed Delahanty.jpg
Ed Delahanty batted .346 before dying in Niagara Falls.
Statistics updated through May 13, 2015. Minimum of 3,000 plate appearances.
MLB players with a career .330 batting average
Player BA PA Position Years active League leads Ref
Cobb, TyTy CobbFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3664 13,608 OF 1905–1928 11 [5]
Hornsby, RogersRogers HornsbyFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3585 9,475 2B 1915–1937 7 [6]
Jackson, JoeJoe Jackson .3558 5,690 OF 1908–1920 0 [15]
O'Doul, LeftyLefty O'Doul .3493 3,658 OF 1919–1920, 1922–1923, 1928–1934 2 [16]
Delahanty, EdEd DelahantyFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3458 8,400 OF 1888–1903 1 [17]
Speaker, TrisTris SpeakerFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3447 11,988 OF 1907–1928 1 [18]
Hamilton, BillyBilly HamiltonFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3444 7,608 OF 1888–1901 2 [19]
Williams, TedTed WilliamsFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3444 9,791 OF 1939–1942, 1946–1960 6 [20]
Brouthers, DanDan BrouthersFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3421 7,676 1B 1879–1904 5 [21]
Ruth, BabeBabe RuthFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3421 10,617 OF 1914–1935 1 [22]
Orr, DaveDave Orr .3420 3,457 1B 1883–1890 1 [23]
Heilmann, HarryHarry HeilmannFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3416 8,960 OF 1914–1932 4 [24]
Browning, PetePete Browning .3415 5,315 OF 1882–1894 3 [25]
Keeler, WillieWillie KeelerFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3413 9,610 OF 1892–1910 2 [26]
Terry, BillBill TerryFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3412 7,111 1B 1923–1936 1 [27]
Sisler, GeorgeGeorge SislerFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3401 9,013 1B 1915–1930 2 [28]
Gehrig, LouLou GehrigFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3401 9,660 1B 1923–1939 1 [29]
Burkett, JesseJesse BurkettFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3382 9,620 OF 1890–1905 3 [30]
Gwynn, TonyTony GwynnFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3382 10,232 OF 1982–2001 8 [13]
Lajoie, NapNap LajoieFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3382 10,460 2B 1896–1916 5 [31]
Stenzel, JakeJake Stenzel .3378 3,425 OF 1890, 1892–1899 0 [32]
Stephenson, RiggsRiggs Stephenson .3361 5,134 OF 1921–1934 0 [33]
Simmons, AlAl SimmonsFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3342 9,515 OF 1924–1941, 1943–1944 2 [34]
Anson, CapCap AnsonFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3341 11,331 1B 1871–1897 2 [35]
McGraw, JohnJohn McGrawFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3336 4,940 3B 1891–1906 0 [36]
Waner, PaulPaul WanerFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3332 10,762 OF 1926–1945 3 [37]
Collins, EddieEddie CollinsFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3332 12,037 2B 1906–1930 0 [38]
Donlin, MikeMike Donlin .3326 4,282 OF 1899–1906, 1908, 1911–1912, 1914 0 [39]
Thompson, SamSam ThompsonFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3314 6,525 OF 1885–1898, 1906 1 [40]
Musial, StanStan MusialFile:Dagger-14-plain.png .3308 12,712 OF 1941–1944, 1946–1963 7 [41]

See also

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