DOMINANT TEAM BATTING LEADERS
By Clifford Blau


The tables below list the teams which led their league by the widest margin over the second-place finisher in the stated categories. They covers the years 1876-1993 and include the American, National, and Players Leagues and the American Association. 


Category

Team

Year

Amount of Lead

Batting Average

Chicago (NL)

1876

 .066

On Base Average

Chicago (NL)

1876

.072

Slugging Average

Chicago (NL)   

1884

.085

At Bats

Philadelphia (NL-AA)

1893

272

Runs

Brooklyn (NL)

1953

187

Hits

Chicago (NL) 

1876

203

Total Bases

New York (AL)

1927

420

Doubles

Cleveland (AL)

1921

71

Triples

Pittsburgh (NL)

1912

38

Home Runs

Chicago (NL),

New York (AL)

1884, 1927

102

RBIs

Chicago (NL) 

1876

160

Walks

New York (AL)

1931

195

Stolen Bases Boston (PL) 1890 136
Hit by Pitch Baltimore (NL-AA) 1898 76







Category

Player

Year

Percentage Lead

Batting Average

Chicago (NL) 

1876

24.4

On Base Average

Chicago (NL)

1876

25.6

Slugging Average

Chicago (NL)

1884

23.5

At Bats

Philadelphia (NL-AA)

1893

5.6

Runs

Chicago (NL)

1876

32.5

Hits

Chicago (NL)

1876

28.1

Total Bases

Chicago (NL)

1876

28.1

Doubles

Chicago (NL)

1882

43.2

Triples

Pittsburgh (NL)

1928

42.9

Home Runs

Chicago (NL)

1884

255.0

RBIs

Chicago (NL)

1887

56.9

Walks

New York (AL)

1931

35.1

Stolen Bases

Los Angeles (NL)

1962

132.2

Hit by Pitch

Montreal (NL)

1971

110.8


Only one leader for stolen bases is shown, although the definition of stolen base has changed several times over the course of baseball history.

Clearly the most dominant hitting team in major league history was the 1876 Chicagos, in the pre-reserve rule NL.

Sources for statistics- Baseball-Reference.com

Contact me at CliffordBlau@yahoo.com

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