Wilbert Robinson became the first player in history to have at least ten RBIs in a single game on June 10, 1892, when he drove in 11 runs for the Baltimore Orioles against the St. Louis Browns. As of 2018 [update], every team with a player who has reached the milestone has won the game in which it happened.
Robinson's average per trip down the order was 5.55, while his batting title contender is David Ortiz with an average of 483! Both men had more than 100 RBIs and both are in the Hall of Fame. It's safe to say that getting early votes isn't necessarily a sign of future HOF candidacy.
In addition to Robinson, other players who have reached this mark include George Brett (10), Joe DiMaggio (19), Manny Ramirez (9), Jim Thome (14), and Albert Pujols (11).
Since 1900, only two players have hit for over.400 with at least 10 RBIs in a single game: Pete Rose and Mike Schmidt. Rose is the all-time leader in hits, runs, walks, and stolen bases, while Schmidt is second in batting average to Ted Williams.
Rose also leads the league in games played (1,977) and hits (3,933). He's the most successful hitter of all time without having ever won a championship.
Wilbert Robinson was the first player to drive in at least ten runs in a single game and also had a game-high seven hits. Mark Reynolds is the most recent player to record ten RBIs in a single game, accomplishing the milestone in 2018.
No player has ever done it more than once in his career, and no player has ever had more than 12 RBIs in a single game. On June 10, 1892, Wilbert Robinson became the first player to have at least ten RBIs in a single game, driving in 11 runs for the Baltimore Orioles against the St. Louis Browns.
On June 10, 1892, Jim Bottomley drove in 11 runs for the Baltimore Orioles against the St. Louis Browns, becoming the first player to do so.
|Opposing team||Brooklyn Robins|
|Runs batted in||12|
Mike Greenwell of Boston got nine runs batted in during a ten-inning game on September 2, 1996. This is the most runs batted in in which a single player accounted for ALL of a team's RBIs.
Sixteen players have batted in at least 10 runs in a single Major League Baseball (MLB) game to date, the most recent being Mark Reynolds of the Washington Nationals on July 6, 2018. No player has accomplished the feat more than once in his career, and no player has ever recorded more than 12 RBIs in a game.
Each season in Major League Baseball (MLB), a player from each league wins the "RBI crown" or "RBI title" by hitting the most runs batted in that season. Deacon White was the first National League (NL) RBI champion, with 60 RBIs for the Chicago White Stockings in the league's debut season in 1876.
Aaron led the National League in RBI four times, but never in a row. Wilson established the record in 1930, when four players hit more than 160 RBI: Wilson, Gehrig, Chuck Klein, and Al Simmons. A player has batted in at least 160 runs 21 times, 14 of which occurred during the 1930s and only twice since 1940.
A player has batted in at least 160 runs 21 times, 14 of which occurred during the 1930s and only twice since 1940. Deacon White led the National League in RBIs with 49 in the National League's second season. Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees is considered by many to be the greatest hitter of all time. He drove in over 100 runs six seasons in a row from 1941 to 1946, finishing with 110 RBIs in 1946. During that span, only two other players have reached into the century mark: Mark McGwire and Sam McDowell. McGwire ended up with 130 RBIs in 1985, while McDowell had 105 in 1956.
The only player to hit in front of Ruth, Gehrig, and Foxx is Charles Johnson. He started out his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1939 and ended it in 1950 with them again. In between, he played one season each with the Boston Bees/Braves, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Cardinals. During that time, he hit.284 with a.914 OPS.
He hit four homers on August 5th of that same year (1939) and was named MVP of the league after hitting.443 with 18 homers and 81 RBIs.
12. The big league record for RBI in a game is 12, which was set by two Cardinals players who were born 69 years apart. On September 16, 1924, Jim Bottomley went 6-for-6 with 12 RBI and three runs scored in a 17-3 triumph over the Robins at Ebbets Field. Bottomley was drafted by the New York Yankees but chose to play for St. Louis instead. The first baseman/outfielder's amazing day earned him a spot in baseball history as one of only four players to have six hits in a single game. The others are Ted Williams (7 times), Albert Pujols (three times), and Mike Trout (two times).
The current major league mark of 10 RBI is also a record. It was set on August 13, 1977, by Dave Kingman and Joe Morgan when the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 14-13 at Veterans Stadium. Each player had five RBI on that hot summer night. Kingman hit three home runs that game with Morgan hitting two and both men driving in six runners. The Reds' center fielder has been immortalized in the record book since then as the only man who has ever had six hits in a single game. He has since tied himself with several other players for this honor.
For example, the present Major League record is Nap Lajoie's.426 average in 1901. It's not even in the top 20 among minor leaguers. Gary Redus, who never batted higher than.288 in his 13-year major league career, set the all-time Minor League record [minimum 200 at-bats] with.462 in 1978 at Billings of the Pioneer League.
Mark McGwire was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, 1997. He blasted 34 and 24 home runs, respectively, making him the first and only player to hit at least fifty home runs in a season while playing for two clubs, as well as the first and only player to accomplish it while playing in both leagues.