The first MLB .400 hitter ever


WORLD'S FIRST
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:

YEAR PLAYER AVE.

1941
1930
1925
1924
1923
1922
1922
1922
1920
1912
1911
1911

Ted Williams
Bill Terry
Rogers Hornsby
Rogers Hornsby
Harry Heilmann
Ty Cobb
Rogers Hornsby
George Sisler
George Sisler
Ty Cobb
Joe Jackson
Ty Cobb

.406
.401
.403
.424
.403
.401
.401
.420
.407
.409
.408
.420


Ross Barnes



The first MLB .400 hitter ever

The first MLB .400 hitter ever

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