Pete Rose: As of October 2020, this statistic shows the MLB all-time games played leaders. Pete Rose has the most games played in Major League Baseball history, at 3,562. He is also one of only three players (Bobby Wallace and Mark McGwire are the others) to have their numbers retired by their original team.
Rose broke Enos Slaughter's record of 3,260 games played when he came off the disabled list on May 10, 1992. At the time of his retirement in 1989, Rose was leading the NL in hits, runs batted in, total bases, extra base hits, and batting average. He was also second in doubles to Wally Berger of the Chicago Cubs.
During his career, Rose made the All-Star Game eight times, won the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 1977, and was twice voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by his peers. His number #28 has been retired by both the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox.
After Rose retired, Billy Williams of the Chicago Black Hawks took over as the leader of the league in games played with 4,095 until his death in 2014. Then in 2016, José Ramírez of the Boston Red Sox passed Billy Williams to become the new leader of the league with his own record of 4,173 games played.
With 14,053 at-bats, Pete Rose is the all-time leader. Rose is also the first player in Major League Baseball history to have more than 13,000 or 14,000 at bats. Only 29 players in MLB history have accumulated 10,000 career at bats, with Albert Pujols being the only one still active.
The next highest total of at-bats by a player is 1,847, which is held by Barry Bonds. Bonds broke Rose's record of 6963 hits during his 2007 season with the San Francisco Giants. He was later banned from baseball for testing positive for steroids.
Other notable players who have extensive major league careers but lack any sort of title are Joe DiMaggio (11,542 at-bats), Mel Ott (10,560) and Jim Thorpe (10,500). These three players are the only others besides Rose to reach 10,000 career at-bats.
When it comes to batting average, Pete Rose has the highest career mark in MLB history at.462. The next closest player is George Suggs with a career average of.400. Suggs played in 1892 for the Boston Beaneaters, the first professional team in MLB history. His career totals include 915 hits in about 600 games played.
Ty Cobb was the first player to play in 3,000 games. Cobb's record of 3,035 games played lasted 46 seasons before being broken by Hank Aaron. Carl Yastrzemski broke Aaron's record in 1983, and Pete Rose broke it the following season, setting the record for the most games played with 3,562.
Major League Totals Throughout History (1871-present) There is debate about whether the National Association should be considered a major league. 151 years 222,063 games
Mays, Willie This statistic displays the all-time games played leaders for the San Francisco Giants as of October 2020. With 2,857 games played, Willie Mays holds the record for most games played in San Francisco Giants franchise history. He is also the all-time leader in hits (3,089), runs batted in (1,627), and total bases (4,665). Barry Bonds is second on this list with 2,857 games played. He is one game behind Mays and is considered by many to be the greatest hitter in baseball history.
When the Giants moved to San Francisco in 1883, they adopted the National League's rules which included allowing members to play their home games anywhere within their league boundaries. Because the NL was not bound by geographic restrictions like the American League is today, many former Giants players spent some time with other teams before joining another NL club. For example, John McGraw played two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies before coming back to New York to lead the Giants to seven straight world championships from 1887 to 1893. During this period, the Phillies traded him to the Chicago Cubs but he never played a game for them because of a feud with management that dated back to his days with the Giants. In 1897, McGraw finally got a chance to manage in Chicago where he led the team to a world championship.