Friday, July 29, 2016

Jose Altuve is currently hitting .421 on the road.

Jose Altuve is currently hitting .421 on the road.

This is an historic achievement.

In researching this, I could not find a road batting average higher than Ichiro's .405 in 2004.

The four highest single-season batting averages since Ted Williams retired:

Gwynn .394 in 1994
Brett .390 in 1980
Carew .388 in 1977
Walker .379 in 1999

Here's what they hit on the road:

Gwynn .387
Brett .388
Carew .377
Walker .286 (!!!! He batted an incredible .461 at Coors)


Ted Williams batted .380 on the road when he had the last .400 season, and he batted .374 on the road when he batted .388 in 1957.

In Rogers Hornsby's epic .424 season in 1924, he batted only .370 on the road. He did hit exactly .400 on the road in 1922.

Bill Terry batted .401 on the road in 1930 (he also hit .401 at home!)

George Sisler never came close to .400 on the road. He was the Larry Walker of his own day. In his two .400 seasons, he batted .473 and .445 at home.

Harry Heilmann batted .404 on the road in 1923 (and .400 at home). That's an amazing achievement because, unlike Ichiro, Heilmann didn't beat out any ground balls. His nickname was "slug," because he was one of the slowest men in the game.

Home/road data are currently unavailable for seasons before 1913, so we can't look at Cobbs' two best seasons (1911 and 1912), or any of the legendary 19th century performances. Cobb did bat .397 on the road in 1922.

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