MLB .400 HITTER
THE LONGEST LIST OF THE LONGEST
STUFF AT THE LONGEST DOMAIN NAME AT LONG LAST
Who was the world's first MLB .400 hitter?
In 1903 a new rule in Major League
Baseball was put in place making hitting .400 that much harder.
The rule was the foul-strike rule where foul balls not
caught were counted as strikes, prior to 1903 they were not counted as strikes.
The first player ever to hit .400 was Roscoe Conkling
Barnes of the Chicago White Stockings in 1876.
Ross Barnes hit .404.
It took 8 years for a Major League Baseball player to
hit .400 after the foul-strike rule was implemented in 1903, and 2 players
managed the feat in 1911.
Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers hit for .420 while Joe Jackson of the Cleveland
Indians hit for .408.
Since 1903 a .400 season was achieved only 12 times:
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