List of Major League Baseball batting champions

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In baseball, batting average (AVG) is a measure of a batter's success rate in achieving a hit during an at bat.wikipedia
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Tony Gwynn

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Tony Gwynn, for example, had 159 hits in 451 ABs in 1996 (.353 average) but only 498 PAs.
The left-handed hitting Gwynn won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the most in National League (NL) history.

Honus Wagner

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Honus Wagner and Gwynn are tied for the second-most titles, with eight apiece in the NL.
Wagner won his eighth (and final) batting title in 1911, a National League record that remains unbroken to this day, and matched only once, in 1997, by Tony Gwynn.

Ty Cobb

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Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers, who also holds the highest career batting average of .366, led the AL in average in 11 (or 12) seasons.
He still holds several records as of the end of the 2019 season, including the highest career batting average (.366 or .367, depending on source) and most career batting titles with 11 (or 12, depending on source).

George Brett

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George Brett in 1980 is the only player to maintain a .400 average into September since 1941.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999 on the first ballot and is the only player in MLB history to win a batting title in three different decades.

Joe Mauer

Joe Mauer's 2006 title made him the first catcher to ever win an AL batting title, and his third title in 2009 surpassed Ernie Lombardi's previous record of two titles for a catcher in any league.
Mauer is the only catcher in MLB history to win three batting titles, and the only catcher to ever win a batting title in the American League (AL).

Chipper Jones

With the modern scarcity of .400 hitters, recent players who have been above .400 early in the season, such as Chipper Jones in 2008, have drawn significant attention in the media.
He was the MLB batting champion in 2008 after hitting .364.

John Olerud

Additionally, only Brett and John Olerud in 1993 maintained such an average into August.
A patient, productive hitter throughout his career, Olerud won the American League batting title in 1993 and was runner-up for the National League batting title in 1998.

Albert Pujols

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The closest race in the National League came in 2003 when Albert Pujols held off Todd Helton on the last day of the season by .00022.
He is a six-time Silver Slugger who has twice led the NL in home runs, and he has also led the NL once each in batting average, doubles and RBI.

Ed Delahanty

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However, Ed Delahanty has if he is credited with the disputed 1902 American League title, as he was also the 1899 National League champion.
Delahanty won a batting title, batted over .400 three times, and has the fifth-highest career batting average in MLB history.

Batting average (baseball)

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In baseball, batting average (AVG) is a measure of a batter's success rate in achieving a hit during an at bat.
The MLB batting averages championships (often referred to as "the batting title") are awarded annually to the player in each league who has the highest batting average.

Eddie Murray

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Although McGee finished the season in the AL, he had enough PA's in the NL to qualify for the NL batting title, which he won narrowly over Eddie Murray's .330.
He lost the NL batting title to Willie McGee in a narrow margin; McGee had been traded from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics but had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, hitting .335 to Murray's .330, though McGee hit .274 with the A's (making his season average .324), which meant that Murray led the major leagues in batting despite not winning the NL batting title.

Roberto Clemente

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He was the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player in 1966, the NL batting leader in 1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967, and a Gold Glove Award winner for 12 consecutive seasons from 1961 through 1972.

Rico Carty

Nicknamed "Beeg Boy", he was the 1970 National League (NL) batting champion with a .366 average and made his only All-Star appearance that season.

Carl Yastrzemski

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Carl Yastrzemski's .301 in the 1968 American League was the lowest batting average ever to lead a league.
Yastrzemski won three American League batting championships in his career.

Joe Torre

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A nine-time All-Star, Torre won the 1971 National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award after leading the major leagues in batting average, hits, and runs batted in.

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Bill Buckner

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The Cubs moved Buckner to first base, and he won the National League (NL) batting title with a .324 mark in 1980.

Tim Raines

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Raines is the 1986 NL batting champion, a seven-time All-Star, and four-time stolen base champion.

Larry Walker

The first player in more than 60 years to hit at least .360 in each of three consecutive seasons from 1997 to 1999, Walker also won three NL batting championships.

Miguel Cabrera

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Since his debut in 2003 he has been a two-time American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winner, a four-time AL batting champion, and an 11-time MLB All-Star.

Matt Holliday

His distinctions include a National League (NL) batting championship, the 2007 NL Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award (NLCS MVP), seven All-Star selections, and four Silver Slugger Awards.

Hugh Duffy

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Tip O'Neill topped this total with a .4352 average in 1887 (that batting average had to be calculated without counting walks as hits, because of the walk-as-base-hit rule being in effect that year only), and Hugh Duffy set the current record mark in 1894 by posting a .4397 batting average.

Ross Barnes

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The first batting average champion in the NL was Ross Barnes; in the league's inaugural 1876 season, Barnes batted .429 for the Chicago White Stockings.

Spud Davis

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In 1933, he finished second to team-mate Chuck Klein in the National League Batting Championship with a .349 average.

José Reyes (infielder)

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He was the NL batting champion in 2011.