The following is a list of the ten major league baseball players who were hit by a pitch the most time in baseball history. As most baseball fans know, getting hit by a pitch is almost an art form for some players.
Most of the players on this list that I can remember watching play would usually do nothing to get out of the way of a pitch headed for them. A couple of the players on the list, like Craig Biggio and Don Baylor, would often lean into a pitch so they could get hit and get on base.
Players who were hit by a pitch the most time in baseball history
1. Hughie Jennings – 287
Baseball Hall of Fame player Hughie Jennings holds the major league baseball record for being hit the most times by a pitch at 287. From 1894 to 1898, Hughie Jennings led the National League in hit by pitch, and in 1896 he set the major league record for a season with 51.
2. Craig Biggio – 285
Craig Biggio was hit by a pitch the second most times in baseball history at 285. Biggio led the National League in the category five times, and was hit by a pitch a career high 34 times in 1997.
3. Tommy Tucker – 272
Tommy Tucker, who played in the major leagues from 1887 to 1889, was hit by a pitch 272 times in his career. Tucker led the league five times in the category, and was hit by a pitch a career high 33 times in 1889.
4. Don Baylor – 267
Don Baylor was hit by a pitch 267 times in his 19 year major league baseball career. Baylor led the league eight times in the category, with a career high of 35 in 1986.
5. Jason Kendall – 254
Catcher Jason Kendall was hit by a pitch 254 times in his 15 year career. Kendall only led the league once in his career when he was hit by a pitch a career high 26 times in 2005.
6. Ron Hunt – 243
Ron Hunt was hit by a pitch 243 times in his 12 year career. Hunt led the league for seven consecutive years from 1968 to 1974, and had a career high of 50 in 1971.
7. Dan McGann – 230
Dan McGann, who played in the major leagues for 12 years, was hit by a pitch 230 times in his career. McGann led the league six times, half his career, in the category, and was hit by a pitch a career high 37 times in 1899.
8. Frank Robinson – 198
Baseball Hall of Fame player Frank Robinson was hit by a pitch 198 times in his great 21 year career. Robinson led the league seven times in the category, and was hit by a pitch a career high 20 times in his rookie year in 1956.
9. Minnie Minoso – 192
Minnie Minoso was hit by a pitch 192 times in his 17 year career. Minoso led the league 10 times in the category, even though his career high for a season was just 23 in 1956.
Minnioe Minoso had two at-bats in the major leagues when he was 54 years old in 1980. He did not get a hit.
10. Jake Beckley – 183
Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman Jake Beckley was hit by a pitch 183 times in his 20 year career, which stretched from 1888 to 1907. Jake Beckley is the only player on this list of players who have been hit by a pitch the most times in baseball history to never lead the league in the category.