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MLB Home Run Leaders List

MLB Season Home Run Leaders

This page details the home run season leaders for both the NL (National League) and AL (American League” for each year of the Major Baseball League.

The first home run leader was George Hall with 5 home runs a number that pails in comparison to numbers thrown around during the modern game (most of those numbers are not due to steroids, we think).

MLB icon Babe Ruth led the American League in home runs twelve times, leading the MLB single season home run record on four occasions.

Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa held one of the most intense run chases in history in 1998, with McGuire ultimately winning the chase and setting a new record of 70 home runs (there are a lot of question marks over records set during this time, an era marked in red due to the rampant use of steroids).

Barry Bonds currently holds the season home run record with 73 home runs, set in 2001.

Barry Bonds breaks the record with his 71st HR

MLB Season Home Run Leaders 

Below is a list of MLB regular season home run leaders year by year, including the number of home runs hit and the runners-up home run numbers.

Year National League HR American League HR
2017 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) • Joey Votto (CIN) 26 Aaron Judge (NYY) 30
2016 Nolan Arenado (COL) • Chris Carter (MIL) 41 Mark Trumbo (BAL) 47
2015 Nolan Arenado (COL) • Bryce Harper (WSN) 42 Chris Davis (BAL) 47
2014 Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) 37 Nelson Cruz (BAL) 40
2013 Pedro Alvarez (PIT) • Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) 36 Chris Davis (BAL) 53
2012 Ryan Braun (MIL) 41 Miguel Cabrera (DET) 44
2011 Matt Kemp (LAD) 39 Jose Bautista (TOR) 43
2010 Albert Pujols (STL) 42 Jose Bautista (TOR) 54
2009 Albert Pujols (STL) 47 Carlos Pena (TBR) • Mark Teixeira (NYY) 39
2008 Ryan Howard (PHI) 48 Miguel Cabrera (DET) 37
2007 Prince Fielder (MIL) 50 Alex Rodriguez (NYY) 54
2006 Ryan Howard (PHI) 58 David Ortiz (BOS) 54
2005 Andruw Jones (ATL) 51 Alex Rodriguez (NYY) 48
2004 Adrian Beltre (LAD) 48 Manny Ramirez (BOS) 43
2003 Jim Thome (PHI) 47 Alex Rodriguez (TEX) 47
2002 Sammy Sosa (CHC) 49 Alex Rodriguez (TEX) 57
2001 Barry Bonds (SFG) 73 Alex Rodriguez (TEX) 52
2000 Sammy Sosa (CHC) 50 Troy Glaus (ANA) 47
1999 Mark McGwire (STL) 65 Ken Griffey (SEA) 48
1998 Mark McGwire (STL) 70 Ken Griffey (SEA) 56
1997 Larry Walker (COL) 49 Ken Griffey (SEA) 56
1996 Andres Galarraga (COL) 47 Mark McGwire (OAK) 52
1995 Dante Bichette (COL) 40 Albert Belle (CLE) 50
1994 Matt Williams (SFG) 43 Ken Griffey (SEA) 40
1993 Barry Bonds (SFG) 46 Juan Gonzalez (TEX) 46
1992 Fred McGriff (SDP) 35 Juan Gonzalez (TEX) 43
1991 Howard Johnson (NYM) 38 Jose Canseco (OAK) • Cecil Fielder (DET) 44
1990 Ryne Sandberg (CHC) 40 Cecil Fielder (DET) 51
1989 Kevin Mitchell (SFG) 47 Fred McGriff (TOR) 36
1988 Darryl Strawberry* (NYM) 39 Jose Canseco (OAK) 42
1987 Andre Dawson (CHC) 49 Mark McGwire (OAK) 49
1986 Mike Schmidt (PHI) 37 Jesse Barfield (TOR) 40
1985 Dale Murphy (ATL) 37 Darrell Evans (DET) 40
1984 Dale Murphy (ATL) • Mike Schmidt (PHI) 36 Tony Armas (BOS) 43
1983 Mike Schmidt (PHI) 40 Jim Rice (BOS) 39
1982 Dave Kingman (NYM) 37 Reggie Jackson(CAL) • Gorman Thomas (MIL) 39
1981 Mike Schmidt (PHI) 31 Tony Armas (OAK) • Dwight Evans (BOS) • Bobby Grich (CAL) • Eddie Murray (BAL) 22
1980 Mike Schmidt(PHI) 48 Reggie Jackson (NYY) • Ben Oglivie (MIL) 41
1979 Dave Kingman (CHC) 48 Gorman Thomas (MIL) 45
1978 George Foster (CIN) 40 Jim Rice (BOS) 46
1977 George Foster (CIN) 52 Jim Rice (BOS) 39
1976 Mike Schmidt (PHI) 38 Graig Nettles (NYY) 32
1975 Mike Schmidt (PHI) 38 Reggie Jackson (OAK) • George Scott (MIL) 36
1974 Mike Schmidt (PHI) 36 Dick Allen (CHW) 32
1973 Willie Stargell (PIT) 44 Reggie Jackson (OAK) 32
1972 Johnny Bench
(CIN)
40 Dick Allen (CHW) 37
1971 Willie Stargell (PIT) 48 Bill Melton (CHW) 33
1970 Johnny Bench(CIN) 45 Frank Howard (WSA) 44
1969 Willie McCovey (SFG) 45 Harmon Killebrew (MIN) 49
1968 Willie McCovey (SFG) 36 Frank Howard (WSA) 44
1967 Hank Aaron (ATL) 39 Harmon Killebrew (MIN) • Carl Yastrzemski (BOS) 44
1966 Hank Aaron (ATL) 44 Frank Robinson (BAL) 49
1965 Willie Mays (SFG) 52 Tony Conigliaro (BOS) 32
1964 Willie Mays (SFG) 47 Harmon Killebrew (MIN) 49
1963 Hank Aaron (MLN) • Willie McCovey (SFG) 44 Harmon Killebrew (MIN) 45
1962 Willie Mays (SFG) 49 Harmon Killebrew (MIN) 48
1961 Orlando Cepeda (SFG) 46 Roger Maris* (NYY) 61
1960 Ernie Banks (CHC) 41 Mickey Mantle (NYY) 40
1959 Eddie Mathews (MLN) 46 Rocky Colavito (CLE) • Harmon Killebrew (WSH) 42
1958 Ernie Banks (CHC) 47 Mickey Mantle (NYY) 42
1957 Hank Aaron (MLN) 44 Roy Sievers (WSH) 42
1956 Duke Snider (BRO) 43 Mickey Mantle (NYY) 52
1955 Willie Mays (NYG) 51 Mickey Mantle (NYY) 37
1954 Ted Kluszewski (CIN) 49 Larry Doby (CLE) 32
1953 Eddie Mathews (MLN) 47 Al Rosen (CLE) 43
1952 Ralph Kiner (PIT) • Hank Sauer (CHC) 37 Larry Doby (CLE) 32
1951 Ralph Kiner (PIT) 42 Gus Zernial (2TM) 33
1950 Ralph Kiner (PIT) 47 Al Rosen (CLE) 37
1949 Ralph Kiner (PIT) 54 Ted Williams (BOS) 43
1948 Ralph Kiner (PIT) • Johnny Mize (NYG) 40 Joe DiMaggio (NYY) 39
1947 Ralph Kiner (PIT) • Johnny Mize (NYG) 51 Ted Williams (BOS) 32
1946 Ralph Kiner (PIT) 23 Hank Greenberg (DET) 44
1945 Tommy Holmes* (BSN) 28 Vern Stephens (SLB) 24
1944 Bill Nicholson* (CHC) 33 Nick Etten* (NYY) 22
1943 Bill Nicholson* (CHC) 29 Rudy York (DET) 34
1942 Mel Ott (NYG) 30 Ted Williams (BOS) 36
1941 Dolph Camilli (BRO) 34 Ted Williams (BOS) 37
1940 Johnny Mize (STL) 43 Hank Greenberg (DET) 41
1939 Johnny Mize (STL) 28 Jimmie Foxx (BOS) 35
1938 Mel Ott (NYG) 36 Hank Greenberg (DET) 58
1937 Joe Medwick (STL) • Mel Ott (NYG) 31 Joe DiMaggio (NYY) 46
1936 Mel Ott (NYG) 33 Lou Gehrig (NYY) 49
1935 Wally Berger (BSN) 34 Jimmie Foxx (PHA) • Hank Greenberg (DET) 36
1934 Ripper Collins (STL) • Mel Ott (NYG) 35 Lou Gehrig (NYY) 49
1933 Chuck Klein (PHI) 28 Jimmie Foxx (PHA) 48
1932 Chuck Klein (PHI) • Mel Ott (NYG) 38 Jimmie Foxx (PHA) 58
1931 Chuck Klein (PHI) 31 Lou Gehrig (NYY) • Babe Ruth (NYY) 46
1930 Wilson (CHC) 56 Babe Ruth (NYY) 49
1929 Chuck Klein (PHI) 43 Babe Ruth (NYY) 46
1928 Jim Bottomley (STL) • Hack Wilson(CHC) 31 Babe Ruth (NYY) 54
1927 Cy Williams* (PHI) • Hack Wilson (CHC) 30 Babe Ruth* (NYY) 60
1926 Hack Wilson (CHC) 21 Babe Ruth* (NYY) 47
1925 Rogers Hornsby (STL) 39 Bob Meusel (NYY) 33
1924 Jack Fournier* (BRO) 27 Babe Ruth (NYY) 46
1923 Cy Williams* (PHI) 41 Babe Ruth (NYY) 41
1922 Rogers Hornsby (STL) 42 Ken Williams (SLB) 39
1921 High Pockets Kelly (NYG) 23 Babe Ruth (NYY) 59
1920 Cy Williams (PHI) 15 Babe Ruth (NYY) 54
1919 Gavvy Cravath (PHI) 12 Babe Ruth (BOS) 29
1918 Gavvy Cravath (PHI) 8 Babe Ruth (BOS) • Tillie Walker (PHA) 11
1917 Gavvy Cravath (PHI) • Dave Robertson (NYG) 12 Wally Pipp (NYY) 9
1916 Dave Robertson* (NYG) • Cy Williams* (CHC) 12 Wally Pipp* (NYY) 12
1915 Gavvy Cravath (PHI) 24 Braggo Roth (2TM) 7
1914 Gavvy Cravath (PHI) 19 Home Run Baker (PHA) 9
1913 Gavvy Cravath (PHI) 19 Home Run Baker (PHA) 12
1912 Heinie Zimmerman (CHC) 14 Home Run Baker (PHA) • Tris Speaker (BOS) 10
1911 Frank Schulte (CHC) 21 Home Run Baker (PHA) 11
1910 Fred Beck (BSN) • Frank Schulte (CHC) 10 Jake Stahl (BOS) 10
1909 Red Murray (NYG) 7 Ty Cobb (DET) 9
1908 Tim Jordan (BRO) 12 Sam Crawford (DET) 7
1907 Dave Brain (BSN) 10 Harry Davis (PHA) 8
1906 Tim Jordan (BRO) 12 Harry Davis (PHA) 12
1905 Fred Odwell (CIN) 9 Harry Davis (PHA) 8
1904 Harry Lumley* (BRO) 9 Harry Davis (PHA) 10
1903 Jimmy Sheckard* (BRO) 9 Buck Freeman* (BOS) 13
1902 Tommy Leach (PIT) 6 Socks Seybold (PHA) 16
1901 Sam Crawford (CIN) 16 Nap Lajoie (PHA) 14
1900 Herman Long (BSN) 12
1899 Buck Freeman (WHS) 25
1898 Jimmy Collins (BSN) 15
1897 Hugh Duffy (BSN) 11
1896 Ed Delahanty (PHI) • Bill Joyce (2TM) 13
1895 Sam Thompson (PHI) 18
1894 Hugh Duffy (BSN) 18
1893 Ed Delahanty (PHI) 19
1892 Bug Holliday (CIN) 13 American Association HR
1891 Harry Stovey (BSN) • Mike Tiernan (NYG) 16 Duke Farrell (BOS) 12
1890 Oyster Burns (BRO) • Mike Tiernan (NYG) • Walt Wilmot (CHC) 13 Count Campau (STL) 9
1889 Sam Thompson (PHI) 20 Bug Holliday (CIN) • Harry Stovey (PHA) 19
1888 Jimmy Ryan (CHC) 16 John Reilly (CIN) 13
1887 Billy O’Brien (WHS) 19 Tip O’Neill (STL) 14
1886 Dan Brouthers (DTN) • Hardy Richardson (DTN) 11 Bid McPhee (CIN) 8
1885 Abner Dalrymple (CHC) 11 Harry Stovey (PHA) 13
1884 Ned Williamson (CHC) 27 John Reilly (CIN) 11
1883 Buck Ewing (NYG) 10 Harry Stovey (PHA) 14
1882 George Wood (DTN) 7 Oscar Walker (STL) 7
1881 Dan Brouthers* (BUF) 8
1880 Jim O’Rourke (BSN) • Harry Stovey (WOR) 6
1879 Charley Jones (BSN) 9
1878 Paul Hines (PRO) 4
1877 Lip Pike (CIN) 4
1876 George Hall (ATH) 5
National Association
1875 Jim O’Rourke (BOS) 6
1874 Jim O’Rourke (BOS) 5
1873 Lip Pike (BAL) 4
1872 Lip Pike (BAL) 7