List of Major League Baseball progressive career home runs leaders

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Only four players—Roger Connor, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and Barry Bonds (left to right)—have held the career home run record since 1895, 123 years ago.

The following is a chronology of the top ten leaders in lifetime home runs in Major League Baseball. This includes any home runs hit by a player during official regular season games (i.e., excluding playoffs or exhibition games) in the National Association (1871–1875), National League (since 1876), the American Association (1882–1891), the Union Association (1884), the Players' League (1890), the American League (since 1901), and the Federal League (1914–1915).

The list helps contextualize the evolution of one of the most prized achievements in United States sports. In the early 1930s, Babe Ruth had almost 400 more home runs than the next player, his longtime teammate Lou Gehrig; when Joe DiMaggio retired in 1951, he was fifth on the all-time list.

Career home run leaders by year[edit]

Key to symbols in player table
HOF
Player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame
Player is still active
Year 1st[1] 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th (tied)
1871 Meyerle
4
Pike
4
Treacey
4
Bass
3
Cuthbert
3
Sutton
3
1872 Pike
10
Treacey
6
Meyerle
5
Cuthbert
4
Bass
3
Gedney
3
Hall
3
Sutton
3
Wood
3
T York
3
1873 Pike
14
Meyerle
8
Treacey
7
Cuthbert
6
T York
5
Wrightdagger
5
Gedney
4
1874 Pike
15
Meyerle
9
Cuthbert
8
Treacey
7
Wrightdagger
7
O'Rourkedagger
6
Clapp
5
Gedney
5
McVey
5
T York
5
1875 Pike
15
O'Rourkedagger
12
Meyerle
10
Wrightdagger
9
Cuthbert
8
Hall
8
McVey
8
Start
8
Treacey
7
Whitedagger
5
Gedney,
T York,
Clapp 5
1876 Pike
16
O'Rourkedagger
14
Hall
13
Meyerle
10
Wrightdagger
10
McVey
9
Cuthbert
8
Start
8
Treacey
7
T York
6
Whitedagger
6
1877 Pike
20
O'Rourkedagger
14
Hall
13
Meyerle
10
Wrightdagger
10
McVey
9
Start
9
Cuthbert
8
Whitedagger
8
Treacey
7
T York
7
1878 Pike
20
O'Rourkedagger
15
Hall
13
McVey
11
Meyerle
10
Start
10
Wrightdagger
10
Jones
9
Cuthbert
8
Whitedagger
8
T York
8
1879 Pike
20
Jones
18
O'Rourkedagger
16
Hall
13
Start
12
McVey
11
Wrightdagger
11
Meyerle
10
Hines
9
Whitedagger
9
T York
9
1880 Jones
23
O'Rourkedagger
22
Pike
20
Hall
13
Hines
12
Start
12
McVey
11
Wrightdagger
11
Meyerle
10
Whitedagger
9
Jo O'Rourke,
T York 9
1881 Jones
23
O'Rourkedagger
22
Pike
20
Hines
14
Hall
13
Brouthersdagger
12
Start
12
Wrightdagger
11
T York
11
McVey
11
1882 O'Rourkedagger
24
Jones
23
Pike
20
Brouthersdagger
18
Hines
18
Bennett
13
Hall
13
Stovey
13
Start
12
T York
12
1883 Jones
33
Stovey
27
O'Rourkedagger
25
Hines
22
Brouthersdagger
21
Pike
20
Bennett
18
Farrell
14
Wood
14
T York
14
1884 Jones
40
Stovey
37
Brouthersdagger
35
Williamson
35
O'Rourkedagger
30
Pfeffer
27
Ansondagger
26
Dalrymple
26
Hines
25
Dunlap
24
1885 Stovey
50
Jones
45
Brouthersdagger
42
Williamson
38
Dalrymple
37
O'Rourkedagger
35
Ansondagger
33
Pfeffer
32
K Kellydagger
31
Wood
27
1886 Stovey
57
Brouthersdagger
53
Jones
51
Williamson
44
Ansondagger
43
Dalrymple
40
Pfeffer
39
O'Rourkedagger
36
Hines
35
K Kellydagger
35
1887 Brouthersdagger
65
Stovey
61
Jones
56
Pfeffer
55
Williamson
53
Ansondagger
50
Hines
45
Wood
45
K Kellydagger
43
Dalrymple
42
1888 Brouthersdagger
74
Stovey
70
Pfeffer
63
Ansondagger
62
Williamson
61
Jones
56
Reilly
54
Connordagger
53
Denny
52
K Kellydagger
52
1889 Stovey
89
Brouthersdagger
81
Denny
70
Pfeffer
70
Ansondagger
69
Connordagger
66
Williamson
62
K Kellydagger
61
Reilly
59
Jones
56
Wood
56
1890 Stovey
101
Brouthersdagger
82
Connordagger
80
Ansondagger
76
Pfeffer
75
Denny
73
K Kellydagger
65
Reilly
65
Wood
65
Williamson
64
1891 Stovey
117
Brouthersdagger
87
Connordagger
87
Ansondagger
84
Pfeffer
82
Denny
73
Reilly
69
Richardson
68
Wood
68
K Kellydagger
67
1892 Stovey
121
Connordagger
99
Brouthersdagger
92
Ansondagger
85
Pfeffer
84
Denny
73
Ryan
73
Thompsondagger
72
Richardson
70
K Kellydagger
69
Reilly
69
1893 Stovey
122
Connordagger
110
Brouthersdagger
94
Pfeffer
87
Ansondagger
85
Thompsondagger
83
Tiernan
77
Ryan
76
Denny
74
Richardson
70
1894 Stovey
122
Connordagger
118
Brouthersdagger
103
Thompsondagger
96
Pfeffer
92
Ansondagger
90
Tiernan
82
Ryan
79
Denny
74
Richardson
70
1895 Connordagger
126
Stovey
122
Thompsondagger
114
Brouthersdagger
105
Ansondagger
92
Pfeffer
92
Tiernan
89
Ryan
85
Denny
74
Duffydagger
73
1896 Connordagger
137
Thompsondagger
126
Stovey
122
Brouthersdagger
106
Tiernan
96
Ansondagger
94
Pfeffer
94
Ryan
88
Duffydagger
78
Denny
74
1897 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
126
Stovey
122
Brouthersdagger
106
Tiernan
101
Ansondagger
97
Pfeffer
94
Ryan
93
Duffydagger
89
Denny
74
1898 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Brouthersdagger
106
Tiernan
106
Ansondagger
97
Duffydagger
97
Ryan
97
Pfeffer
94
Clements
76
1899 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Brouthersdagger
106
Tiernan
106
Duffydagger
102
Ryan
100
Ansondagger
97
Pfeffer
94
Delahantydagger
80
1900 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Brouthersdagger
106
Tiernan
106
Ryan
105
Duffydagger
104
Ansondagger
97
Pfeffer
94
Long
86
1901 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Ryan
105
Ansondagger
97
Pfeffer
94
Delahantydagger
90
1902 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
111
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
100
Ansondagger
97
Pfeffer
94
1903
–1913
Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Ansondagger
97
Pfeffer
94
1914 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Ansondagger
97
Pfeffer
94
Wagnerdagger
94
1915 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Wagnerdagger
100
Ansondagger
97
1916 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Wagnerdagger
101
Ansondagger
97
1917 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Wagnerdagger
101
Cravath
98
1918 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Cravath
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Wagnerdagger
101
1919 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Ryan
118
Cravath
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Wagnerdagger
101
1920 Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Cravath
119
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Ruthdagger
103
Delahantydagger
101
Wagnerdagger
101
1921 Ruthdagger
162
Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Cravath
119
Ryan
118
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
Delahantydagger
101
Wagnerdagger
101
1922 Ruthdagger
197
Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Cravath
119
Ryan
118
Walker
116
C Williams
108
Brouthersdagger
106
Duffydagger
106
Tiernan
106
1923 Ruthdagger
238
C Williams
149
Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Stovey
122
Cravath
119
Ryan
118
Walker
118
Hornsbydagger
116
K Williams
108
1924 Ruthdagger
284
C Williams
173
Hornsbydagger
141
Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
K Williams
126
Stovey
122
Cravath
119
Ryan
118
Walker
118
1925 Ruthdagger
309
C Williams
186
Hornsbydagger
180
K Williams
151
Connordagger
138
Thompsondagger
127
Wheatdagger
126
Stovey
122
Cravath
119
Ryan
118
Walker
118
1926 Ruthdagger
356
C Williams
204
Hornsbydagger
191
K Williams
168
Connordagger
138
Wheatdagger
131
Thompsondagger
127
Fournier
126
G Kellydagger
123
Stovey
122
1927 Ruthdagger
416
C Williams
234
Hornsbydagger
217
K Williams
185
Connordagger
138
Fournier
136
Heilmanndagger
135
Wheatdagger
132
G Kellydagger
128
Thompsondagger
127
1928 Ruthdagger
470
C Williams
246
Hornsbydagger
238
K Williams
193
Heilmanndagger
149
Connordagger
138
Fournier
136
Meusel
136
Wheatdagger
132
G Kellydagger
131
1929 Ruthdagger
516
Hornsbydagger
277
C Williams
251
K Williams
196
Heilmanndagger
164
Bottomleydagger
146
Gehrigdagger
146
Meusel
146
Connordagger
138
Wilsondagger
137
1930 Ruthdagger
565
Hornsbydagger
279
C Williams
251
K Williams
196
Wilsondagger
193
Gehrigdagger
187
Heilmanndagger
183
Bottomleydagger
161
Meusel
156
Simmonsdagger
151
1931 Ruthdagger
611
Hornsbydagger
295
C Williams
251
Gehrigdagger
233
Wilsondagger
206
K Williams
196
Heilmanndagger
183
Simmonsdagger
173
Bottomleydagger
170
Goslindagger
169
1932 Ruthdagger
652
Hornsbydagger
296
Gehrigdagger
267
C Williams
251
Wilsondagger
229
Simmonsdagger
208
K Williams
196
Goslindagger
186
Heilmanndagger
183
Bottomleydagger
181
1933 Ruthdagger
686
Gehrigdagger
299
Hornsbydagger
299
C Williams
251
Wilsondagger
238
Foxxdagger
222
Simmonsdagger
222
Goslindagger
196
K Williams
196
Bottomleydagger
194
1934 Ruthdagger
708
Gehrigdagger
348
Hornsbydagger
300
Foxxdagger
266
C Williams
251
Wilsondagger
244
Simmonsdagger
240
Kleindagger
211
Ottdagger
211
Goslindagger
209
1935 Ruthdagger
714
Gehrigdagger
378
Foxxdagger
302
Hornsbydagger
300
Simmonsdagger
256
C Williams
251
Wilsondagger
244
Ottdagger
242
Kleindagger
232
Goslindagger
218
1936 Ruthdagger
714
Gehrigdagger
427
Foxxdagger
343
Hornsbydagger
300
Ottdagger
275
Simmonsdagger
269
Kleindagger
257
C Williams
251
Wilsondagger
244
Goslindagger
242
1937 Ruthdagger
714
Gehrigdagger
464
Foxxdagger
379
Ottdagger
306
Hornsbydagger
301
Simmonsdagger
277
Kleindagger
272
C Williams
251
Goslindagger
246
Wilsondagger
244
1938 Ruthdagger
714
Gehrigdagger
493
Foxxdagger
429
Ottdagger
342
Hornsbydagger
301
Simmonsdagger
298
Kleindagger
280
C Williams
251
Goslindagger
248
Wilsondagger
244
1939 Ruthdagger
714
Gehrigdagger
493
Foxxdagger
464
Ottdagger
369
Simmonsdagger
305
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
292
C Williams
251
Goslindagger
248
Wilsondagger
244
1940 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
500
Gehrigdagger
493
Ottdagger
388
Simmonsdagger
306
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
299
C Williams
251
Goslindagger
248
Greenbergdagger
247
1941 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
519
Gehrigdagger
493
Ottdagger
415
Simmonsdagger
306
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
C Williams
251
Greenbergdagger
249
Goslindagger
248
1942 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
527
Gehrigdagger
493
Ottdagger
445
Simmonsdagger
306
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
Johnson
252
C Williams
251
Greenbergdagger
249
1943 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
527
Gehrigdagger
493
Ottdagger
463
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
Johnson
259
C Williams
251
Greenbergdagger
249
1944 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
527
Gehrigdagger
493
Ottdagger
489
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
Johnson
276
C Williams
251
Greenbergdagger
249
1945 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
510
Gehrigdagger
493
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
Johnson
288
Greenbergdagger
262
C Williams
251
1946 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Simmonsdagger
307
Greenbergdagger
306
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
Johnson
288
R York
256
1947 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Greenbergdagger
331
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
Johnson
288
R York
277
1948 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Greenbergdagger
331
Simmonsdagger
307
DiMaggiodagger
303
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
Mizedagger
297
1949 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Greenbergdagger
331
DiMaggiodagger
317
Mizedagger
316
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
1950 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
DiMaggiodagger
349
Mizedagger
341
Greenbergdagger
331
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
Kleindagger
300
1951 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
351
Greenbergdagger
331
T Williamsdagger
323
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
1952 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
355
Greenbergdagger
331
T Williamsdagger
324
Simmonsdagger
307
Hornsbydagger
301
1953 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
T Williamsdagger
337
Greenbergdagger
331
Kinerdagger
329
Simmonsdagger
307
1954 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
T Williamsdagger
366
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
Kinerdagger
351
Greenbergdagger
331
Simmonsdagger
307
1955 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
T Williamsdagger
394
Kinerdagger
369
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
Greenbergdagger
331
Musialdagger
325
1956 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
T Williamsdagger
418
Kinerdagger
369
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
Musialdagger
352
Greenbergdagger
331
1957 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
T Williamsdagger
456
Musialdagger
381
Kinerdagger
369
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
Greenbergdagger
331
1958 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
T Williamsdagger
482
Musialdagger
398
Kinerdagger
369
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
Greenbergdagger
331
Sniderdagger
331
1959 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
T Williamsdagger
492
Musialdagger
412
Kinerdagger
369
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
Sniderdagger
354
1960 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Musialdagger
429
Kinerdagger
369
Sniderdagger
368
DiMaggiodagger
361
Mizedagger
359
1961 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Musialdagger
444
Sniderdagger
384
Mantledagger
374
Mathewsdagger
370
Kinerdagger
369
1962 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Musialdagger
463
Mantledagger
404
Mathewsdagger
399
Sniderdagger
389
Hodges
370
1963 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Musialdagger
475
Mathewsdagger
422
Mantledagger
419
Maysdagger
406
Sniderdagger
403
1964 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Ottdagger
511
Gehrigdagger
493
Musialdagger
475
Mantledagger
454
Maysdagger
453
Mathewsdagger
445
Sniderdagger
407
1965 Ruthdagger
714
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Ottdagger
511
Maysdagger
505
Gehrigdagger
493
Mathewsdagger
477
Musialdagger
475
Mantledagger
473
Sniderdagger
407
1966 Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
542
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Ottdagger
511
Mantledagger
496
Gehrigdagger
493
Mathewsdagger
493
Musialdagger
475
Aarondagger
442
1967 Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
564
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mantledagger
518
Ottdagger
511
Mathewsdagger
509
Gehrigdagger
493
Aarondagger
481
Musialdagger
475
1968 Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
587
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Ottdagger
511
Aarondagger
510
Gehrigdagger
493
Musialdagger
475
1969 Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
600
Aarondagger
554
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Ottdagger
511
Banksdagger
497
Gehrigdagger
493
1970 Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
628
Aarondagger
592
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Ottdagger
511
Banksdagger
509
Gehrigdagger
493
1971 Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
646
Aarondagger
639
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Killebrewdagger
515
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
Ottdagger
511
1972 Ruthdagger
714
Aarondagger
673
Maysdagger
654
Killebrewdagger
541
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
Robinsondagger
522
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
1973 Ruthdagger
714
Aarondagger
713
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
552
Killebrewdagger
546
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
1974 Aarondagger
733
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
574
Killebrewdagger
559
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
1975 Aarondagger
745
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
1976
–1978
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
1979 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
McCoveydagger
520
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
1980
–1984
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
McCoveydagger
521
Mathewsdagger
512
Banksdagger
512
1985 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
Jacksondagger
530
T Williamsdagger
521
McCoveydagger
521
1986 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
548
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
McCoveydagger
521
1987 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
Schmidtdagger
530
T Williamsdagger
521
McCoveydagger
521
1988 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
Schmidtdagger
542
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
McCoveydagger
521
1989
–1998
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
Schmidtdagger
548
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
T Williamsdagger
521
McCoveydagger
521
1999 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
Schmidtdagger
548
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
McGwire
522
2000 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
McGwire
554
Schmidtdagger
548
Mantledagger
536
Foxxdagger
534
2001 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Bonds
567
Jacksondagger
563
Schmidtdagger
548
Mantledagger
536
2002 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Bonds
613
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
Schmidtdagger
548
Mantledagger
536
2003 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Bonds
658
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
Schmidtdagger
548
Sosa
539
2004 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Bonds
703
Maysdagger
660
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Sosa
574
Killebrewdagger
573
Jacksondagger
563
Palmeiro
551
2005 Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Bonds
708
Maysdagger
660
Sosa
588
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Palmeiro
569
Jacksondagger
563
2006 Aarondagger
755
Bonds
734
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Sosa
588
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Palmeiro
569
Griffeydagger
563
Jacksondagger
563
2007 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Sosa
609
Griffeydagger
593
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Palmeiro
569
2008 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Griffeydagger
611
Sosa
609
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Killebrewdagger
573
Palmeiro
569
2009 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Griffeydagger
630
Sosa
609
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
Rodriguez
583
Killebrewdagger
573
2010 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Griffeydagger
630
Rodriguez
613
Sosa
609
Thomedagger
589
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
2011 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Griffeydagger
630
Rodriguez
629
Sosa
609
Thomedagger
604
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
2012 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Rodriguez
647
Griffeydagger
630
Thomedagger
612
Sosa
609
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
2013
–2014
Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Maysdagger
660
Rodriguez
654
Griffeydagger
630
Thomedagger
612
Sosa
609
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
2015 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Rodriguez
687
Maysdagger
660
Griffeydagger
630
Thomedagger
612
Sosa
609
Robinsondagger
586
McGwire
583
2016 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Rodriguez
696
Maysdagger
660
Griffeydagger
630
Thomedagger
612
Sosa
609
Pujolsdouble-dagger
591
Robinsondagger
586
2017 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Rodriguez
696
Maysdagger
660
Griffeydagger
630
Pujolsdouble-dagger
614
Thomedagger
612
Sosa
609
Robinsondagger
586
2018 Bonds
762
Aarondagger
755
Ruthdagger
714
Rodríguez
696
Maysdagger
660
Pujolsdouble-dagger
633
Griffeydagger
630
Thomedagger
612
Sosa
609
Robinsondagger
586
Statistics updated as of August 28, 2018.

Leadership dates[edit]

Starting with Harry Stovey passing Charley Jones in August 1885, there have been seven changes of the career home run leader. Stovey held the title twice, having lost it to Dan Brouthers in June 1887 and then regaining it from Brouthers in August 1889. In the modern era—since the formation of the American League in 1901—there have only been four players who have held the title.

Harry Stovey held the career home run record twice during the late 1800s.
Player Became leader Career Date
surpassed
Duration
of reign
Ref.
HR no. Date hit Total HR Last year
Charley Jones     56 1888 August 11, 1885dagger   [2]
Harry Stovey 46 August 11, 1885 122 1893 June 29, 1887dagger 1y 10m 18d [2]
Dan Brouthers 59 June 29, 1887 106 1904 August 13, 1889dagger 2y 1m 15d [2]
Harry Stovey double-dagger August 13, 1889 122 1893 June 23, 1895 5y 10m 10d [2]
Roger Connor 123 June 23, 1895 138 1897 July 18, 1921 26y 25d [2][3]
Babe Ruth 139 July 18, 1921 714 1935 April 8, 1974 52y 8m 21d [4][5]
Hank Aaron 715 April 8, 1974 755 1976 August 7, 2007 33y 3m 30d [6]
Barry Bonds 756 August 7, 2007 762 2007 11y 26d [7]
dagger indicates the player hit additional home runs after being passed.
double-dagger source material is unclear of Stovey's home run count when passing Brouthers

See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Progressive Leaders & Records for Home Runs". Baseball-Reference.com. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Vincent, David (2008). Home Run: The Definitive History of Baseball's Ultimate Weapon. Potomac Books. p. 14. ISBN 1597970360 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ "Browns Hit the Ball". Pittsburgh Daily Post. June 24, 1895. p. 6. Retrieved August 29, 2018. 
  4. ^ Britton, Evan. "Babe Ruth smacks 139th home run of career, passing Roger Connor as all-time home run leader". famousdaily.com. Retrieved August 29, 2018. 
  5. ^ "New York Yankees 10, Detroit Tigers 1". Retrosheet. July 18, 1921. Retrieved August 29, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Atlanta Braves 7, Los Angeles Dodgers 4". Retrosheet. April 8, 1974. Retrieved August 29, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Washington Nationals 8, San Francisco Giants 6". Retrosheet. August 7, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2018.