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Max Carey was the first major-league player with nine times on base in a single game, in 1922. Max Carey 1921.jpg
Max Carey was the first major-league player with nine times on base in a single game, in 1922.

In baseball statistics, the term times on base (TOB), is the cumulative total number of times a batter has reached base as a result of a hit, base on balls, or hit by pitch. This statistic does not include times reaching base by way of an error, uncaught third strike, fielder's obstruction or a fielder's choice, making the statistic somewhat of a misnomer.


Times on base leaders in Major League Baseball


As of the end of the 2021 season, the following are the top 10 players in career times on base. [1]

  1. Pete Rose – 5929
  2. Barry Bonds – 5599
  3. Ty Cobb – 5532
  4. Rickey Henderson – 5343
  5. Carl Yastrzemski – 5304
  6. Stan Musial – 5282
  7. Hank Aaron – 5205
  8. Tris Speaker – 4998
  9. Babe Ruth – 4978
  10. Eddie Collins – 4891


  1. Babe Ruth, Yankees (1923) – 379
  2. Barry Bonds, Giants (2004) – 376
  3. Ted Williams, Red Sox (1949) – 358
  4. Barry Bonds, Giants (2002) – 356
  5. Billy Hamilton, Phillies (1894) – 355
  6. Babe Ruth, Yankees (1921) – 353
  7. Babe Ruth, Yankees (1924) – 346
  8. Ted Williams, Red Sox (1947) – 345
  9. Three players are tied for ninth:
    1. Lou Gehrig, Yankees (1936) -342
    2. Wade Boggs, Red Sox (1988) – 342
    3. Barry Bonds, Giants (2001) – 342

Single game

Three players have had 9 TOB in a single game: [2]

Burnett's nine hits are the record for most hits in a single game in MLB history, albeit in extra innings.

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  2. "Batting Game Finder: From 1908 to 2018, (requiring TOB>=8), sorted by greatest TOB". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
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