Altuve Joined Exclusive Hitting Club In 2014

Ball8StatsAstros second baseman Jose Altuve pulled off a rare feat in 2014: He had 225 hits while hitting fewer than 10 home runs.

In fact, that has happened 35 times in modern baseball history – and the list is littered with Hall of Famers.

Ichiro Suzuki has done it the most in MLB history with four (2001, 2004, 2006, 2007), followed by Ty Cobb‘s three (1911, 1912, 1917), Lloyd Waner‘s three (1927, 1928, 1929), and Shoeless Joe Jackson‘s two (1911, 1912).

Here is the full list:

Rk Player HR H Year Age Tm PA R 2B 3B SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Matty Alou 1 231 1969 30 PIT 746 105 41 6 35 .331 .369 .411 .780
2 Sam Rice 1 227 1925 35 WSH 710 111 31 13 10 .350 .388 .442 .831
3 Lloyd Waner 2 223 1927 21 PIT 683 133 17 6 23 .355 .396 .410 .806
4 Charlie Jamieson 2 222 1923 30 CLE 746 130 36 12 37 .345 .422 .447 .869
5 Juan Pierre 3 221 2004 26 FLA 748 100 22 12 35 .326 .374 .407 .781
6 Willie Wilson 3 230 1980 24 KCR 745 133 28 15 81 .326 .357 .421 .778
7 Eddie Collins 3 224 1920 33 CHW 703 117 38 13 19 .372 .438 .493 .932
8 Shoeless Joe Jackson 3 226 1912 24 CLE 653 121 44 26 19 .395 .458 .579 1.036
9 Richie Ashburn 4 221 1951 24 PHI 712 92 31 5 37 .344 .393 .426 .819
10 Nap Lajoie 4 227 1910 35 CLE 677 94 51 7 18 .384 .445 .514 .960
11 Pete Rose 5 230 1973 32 CIN 752 115 36 8 42 .338 .401 .437 .838
12 Heinie Manush 5 221 1933 31 WSH 704 115 32 17 18 .336 .372 .459 .831
13 Lloyd Waner 5 234 1929 23 PIT 726 134 28 20 20 .353 .395 .479 .874
14 Lloyd Waner 5 221 1928 22 PIT 719 121 22 14 13 .335 .377 .434 .811
15 Ichiro Suzuki 6 238 2007 33 SEA 736 111 22 7 77 .351 .396 .431 .827
16 Paul Waner 6 223 1928 25 PIT 698 142 50 19 16 .370 .446 .547 .992
17 Earle Combs 6 231 1927 28 NYY 725 137 36 23 31 .356 .414 .511 .925
18 Ty Cobb 6 225 1917 30 DET 672 107 44 24 34 .383 .444 .570 1.014
19 Jose Altuve 7 225 2014 24 HOU 707 85 47 3 53 .341 .377 .453 .830
20 Billy Herman 7 227 1935 25 CHC 735 113 57 6 29 .341 .383 .476 .859
21 Ty Cobb 7 226 1912 25 DET 609 120 30 23 30 .409 .456 .584 1.040
22 Shoeless Joe Jackson 7 233 1911 23 CLE 641 126 45 19 43 .408 .468 .590 1.058
23 Ichiro Suzuki 8 262 2004 30 SEA 762 101 24 5 63 .372 .414 .455 .869
24 Ichiro Suzuki 8 242 2001 27 SEA 738 127 34 8 53 .350 .381 .457 .838
25 Wade Boggs 8 240 1985 27 BOS 758 107 42 3 61 .368 .450 .478 .928
Rk Player HR H Year Age Tm PA R 2B 3B SO BA OBP SLG OPS
26 George Sisler 8 246 1922 29 SLB 655 134 42 18 14 .420 .467 .594 1.061
27 Jack Tobin 8 236 1921 29 SLB 731 132 31 18 22 .352 .395 .487 .882
28 Ty Cobb 8 248 1911 24 DET 654 147 47 24 43 .420 .467 .621 1.088
29 Ichiro Suzuki 9 224 2006 32 SEA 752 110 20 9 71 .322 .370 .416 .786
30 Lance Johnson 9 227 1996 32 NYM 724 117 31 21 40 .333 .362 .479 .841
31 Paul Molitor 9 225 1996 39 MIN 729 99 41 8 72 .341 .390 .468 .858
32 Johnny Hodapp 9 225 1930 24 CLE 686 111 51 8 29 .354 .386 .502 .889
33 Paul Waner 9 237 1927 24 PIT 709 114 42 18 14 .380 .437 .549 .986
34 Tris Speaker 10 222 1912 24 BOS 675 136 53 12 36 .383 .464 .567 1.031
35 Jesse Burkett 10 226 1901 32 STL 673 142 20 15 70 .376 .440 .509 .949

As you see, there are a lot of league hit leaders on this list.

Interestingly, Tris Speaker led MLB in home runs (10) – but not hits (222) in 1912, as Shoeless Joe beat him out. Speaker also led baseball in doubles and on-base percentage that year.

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