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The Best Switch Hitters in Baseball History, Part 1 of 2: Tops in Hits, Home Runs, Batting Average, RBI and Runs Scored

The Four Best Switch Hitters In Baseball History: Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray And Chipper Jones

The Four Best Switch Hitters In Baseball History: Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Murray And Chipper Jones

Baseball’s all-time hits leader, Pete Rose, was a switch hitter. The great Mickey Mantle, a switch hitter.

Another switch hitter – a more balanced and equally statistically impressive one, in fact – can be easily forgotten amongst giants like those two, but definitely should not be.

It’s Eddie Murray, and take a seat before checking his numbers.

Rose, of course, has more hits than any switch hitter. Next on the list? Murray. They are the only 3,000-switch hit men. Mantle finished with 2,415, out of the top 10 below.

Mantle smacked 536 home runs, 16th all-time and most amongst switch hitters. Murray smacked 504. They are the only 500-HR switch hit men. Rose? 160. Way, way out of the top 10.

OK, Murray “only” finished with a .287 lifetime batting average, but he has more RBI than either Rose or Mantle and the most ever amongst switch hitters.

Runs scored? They’re one-two-three.

Fourth? Chipper Jones (and he’s fifth amongst switchies in hits, third in home runs, third in batting average and second in RBI, too).

Jones is the one switch hitter to appear on all five lists.

A final note. Only five switch hitters finished with a career .300 average* (including Jones, again). Makes you wonder. Does it really pay to be one?

HITS

1. Pete Rose 4,256
2. Eddie Murray 3,255
3. Frankie Frisch 2,880
4. Omar Vizquel 2,877
5. Chipper Jones 2,726
6. Roberto Alomar 2,724
7. Max Carey 2,665
8. Tim Raines 2,605
9. Ted Simmons 2,472
10. Ozzie Smith 2,460

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HOME RUNS

1. Mickey Mantle 536
2. Eddie Murray 504
3. Chipper Jones 468
4. Carlos Beltran 368
5. Lance Berkman 366
6. Mark Teixeira 358
7. Chili Davis 350
8. Reggie Smith 314
9. Ruben Sierra 306
10. Bernie Williams 287
10. Bobby Bonilla 287

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BATTING AVERAGE

1. Frankie Frisch .316
2. Victor Martinez .304
3. Chipper Jones .303 (.3034)
3. Pete Rose .303 (.3029)
5. Roberto Alomar .300
6. Mickey Mantle .298
7. Jose Vidro .298
8. Bernie Williams .297
9. Willie McGee .295
10. Bip Roberts .294 (.2942)
10. Tim Raines .294 (.2936)
10. Lance Berkman .294 (.2935)

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RBI

1. Eddie Murray 1,917
2. Chipper Jones 1,623
3. Mickey Mantle 1,509
4. Ted Simmons 1,389
5. Chili Davis 1,372
6. Carlos Beltran 1,358
7. Ruben Sierra 1,322
8. Pete Rose 1,314
9. Bernie Williams 1,257
10. Frankie Frisch 1,244

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RUNS

1. Pete Rose 2,165
2. Mickey Mantle 1,676
3. Eddie Murray 1,627
4. Chipper Jones 1,619
5. Tim Raines 1,571
6. Max Carey 1,545
7. Frankie Frisch 1,532
8. Roberto Alomar 1,508
9. Omar Vizquel 1,445
10. Carlos Beltran 1,370

* Includes players only from the unified NL-AL era (1901-present) who played for a minimum of 10 seasons.

Photos: sportsradiointerviews.com / pophistorydig.com / orioleshangout.com / Howard Simmons via newyorkdailynews.com

The Greatest 4th of July Sports Moments (Video)

LOU GEHRIG APPRECIATION DAY (1939)

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THE MIRACLE AT BERN (1954)

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NOLAN RYAN’S 3,000th STRIKEOUT (1980)

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JOHN McENROE OVER BJORN BORG AT WIMBLEDON (1981)

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DAVE RIGHETTI’S NO-HITTER (1983)

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PHIL NIEKRO’S 3,000th STRIKEOUT (1984)

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RICHARD PETTY’S 200th WIN (1984)

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JOEY CHESTNUT DEFEATS TAKERU KOBAYASHI (2007)

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…and of course, JOEY CHESTNUT PROPOSES (2014)

FIFA World Cup: Farthest Round Reached By Every Country

SORTED BY ROUND

COUNTRY FARTHEST ROUND IN FIFA WORLD CUP YEAR(S) # TEAMS IN WORLD CUP
Argentina World Champions 1978, 1986 16, 24
Brazil World Champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 16, 16, 16, 24, 32
England World Champions 1966 16
France World Champions 1998 32
Germany / W. Germany World Champions 1954 (W.), 1974 (W.), 1990 (W.) 16, 16, 24
Italy World Champions 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 16, 15, 24, 32
Spain World Champions 2010 32
Uruguay World Champions 1930, 1950 13, 13
Czechoslovakia Finals (Final Two) 1934, 1962 16, 16
Hungary Finals (Final Two) 1938, 1954 15, 16
Netherlands Finals (Final Two) 1974, 1978, 2010 16, 16, 32
Sweden Finals (Final Two) 1958 16
Austria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1934, 1954 16, 16
Belgium Semi-finals (Final Four) 1986 24
Bulgaria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1994 24
Chile Semi-finals (Final Four) 1962 16
Croatia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1998 32
Poland Semi-finals (Final Four) 1974, 1982 16, 24
Portugal Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966, 2006 16, 32
Russia / U.S.S.R. Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966 (U.) 16
South Korea Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
Turkey Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
USA Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930 13
Yugoslavia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930, 1962 13, 16
Cameroon Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
Colombia** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
Costa Rica** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
Cuba Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1938 15
Denmark Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1998 32
East Germany Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1974 16
Ghana Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
Mexico Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1986 16, 24
North Korea Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1966 16
Northern Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958, 1982 16, 24
Paraguay Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
Peru Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1978 16, 16
Romania Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1994 24
Senegal Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2002 32
Switzerland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1934, 1938, 1954 16, 15, 16
Ukraine Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2006 32
Wales Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958 16
Algeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
Australia Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
Ecuador Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
Greece* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
Japan Round 2 (Final 16) 2002, 2010 32, 32
Morocco Round 2 (Final 16) 1986 24
Nigeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 1994, 1998, 2014 24, 32, 32
Norway Round 2 (Final 16) 1998 32
Saudi Arabia Round 2 (Final 16) 1994 24
Slovakia Round 2 (Final 16) 2010 32
Angola Round 1 2006 32
Bolivia Round 1 1930, 1950, 1994 13, 13, 24
Bosnia & Herzegovina* Round 1 2014 32
Canada Round 1 1986 24
China Round 1 2002 32
Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) Round 1 1938 15
Egypt Round 1 1934, 1990 16, 24
El Salvador Round 1 1970, 1982 16, 24
Haiti Round 1 1974 16
Honduras* Round 1 1982, 2010, 2014 24, 32, 32
Iran* Round 1 1974, 1998, 2006, 2014 16, 32, 32, 32
Iraq Round 1 1986 24
Israel Round 1 1970 16
Ivory Coast* Round 1 2006, 2010, 2014 32
Jamaica Round 1 1998 32
Kuwait Round 1 1982 24
New Zealand Round 1 1982, 2010 24, 32
Scotland Round 1 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998 16, 16, 16, 16, 24, 24, 24, 32
Slovenia Round 1 2002, 2010 32, 32
South Africa Round 1 1998, 2002, 2010 32, 32, 32
Togo Round 1 2006 32
Trinidad & Tobago Round 1 2006 32
Tunisia Round 1 1974, 1998, 2002, 2006 16, 32, 32, 32
United Arab Emirates Round 1 1990 24
Zaire Round 1 1974 16

ALPHABETICAL BY COUNTRY

COUNTRY FARTHEST ROUND IN FIFA WORLD CUP YEAR(S) # TEAMS IN WORLD CUP
1. Algeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
2. Angola Round 1 2006 32
3. Argentina World Champions 1978, 1986 16, 24
4. Australia Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
5. Austria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1934, 1954 16, 16
6. Belgium Semi-finals (Final Four) 1986 24
7. Bolivia Round 1 1930, 1950, 1994 13, 13, 24
8. Bosnia & Herzegovina* Round 1 2014 32
9. Brazil World Champions 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 16, 16, 16, 24, 32
10. Bulgaria Semi-finals (Final Four) 1994 24
11. Cameroon Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
12. Canada Round 1 1986 24
13. Chile Semi-finals (Final Four) 1962 16
14. China Round 1 2002 32
15. Colombia** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
16. Costa Rica** Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2014 32
17. Croatia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1998 32
18. Cuba Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1938 15
19. Czechoslovakia Finals (Final Two) 1934, 1962 16, 16
20. Denmark Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1998 32
21. Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) Round 1 1938 15
22. East Germany Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1974 16
23. Ecuador Round 2 (Final 16) 2006 32
24. Egypt Round 1 1934, 1990 16, 24
25. El Salvador Round 1 1970, 1982 16, 24
26. England World Champions 1966 16
27. France World Champions 1998 32
28. Germany / W. Germany World Champions 1954 (W.), 1974 (W.), 1990 (W.) 16, 16, 24
29. Ghana Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
30. Greece* Round 2 (Final 16) 2014 32
31. Haiti Round 1 1974 16
32. Honduras* Round 1 1982, 2010, 2014 24, 32, 32
33. Hungary Finals (Final Two) 1938, 1954 15, 16
34. Iran* Round 1 1974, 1998, 2006, 2014 16, 32, 32, 32
35. Iraq Round 1 1986 24
36. Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1990 24
37. Israel Round 1 1970 16
38. Italy World Champions 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 16, 15, 24, 32
39. Ivory Coast* Round 1 2006, 2010, 2014 32
40. Jamaica Round 1 1998 32
41. Japan Round 2 (Final 16) 2002, 2010 32, 32
42. Kuwait Round 1 1982 24
43. Mexico Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1986 16, 24
44. Morocco Round 2 (Final 16) 1986 24
45. Netherlands Finals (Final Two) 1974, 1978, 2010 16, 16, 32
46. New Zealand Round 1 1982, 2010 24, 32
47. Nigeria* Round 2 (Final 16) 1994, 1998, 2014 24, 32, 32
48. North Korea Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1966 16
49. Northern Ireland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958, 1982 16, 24
50. Norway Round 2 (Final 16) 1998 32
51. Paraguay Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2010 32
52. Peru Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1970, 1978 16, 16
53. Poland Semi-finals (Final Four) 1974, 1982 16, 24
54. Portugal Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966, 2006 16, 32
55. Romania Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1994 24
56. Russia / U.S.S.R. Semi-finals (Final Four) 1966 (U.) 16
57. Saudi Arabia Round 2 (Final 16) 1994 24
58. Scotland Round 1 1954, 1958, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998 16, 16, 16, 16, 24, 24, 24, 32
59. Senegal Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2002 32
60. Slovakia Round 2 (Final 16) 2010 32
61. Slovenia Round 1 2002, 2010 32, 32
62. South Africa Round 1 1998, 2002, 2010 32, 32, 32
63. South Korea Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
64. Spain World Champions 2010 32
65. Sweden Finals (Final Two) 1958 16
66. Switzerland Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1934, 1938, 1954 16, 15, 16
67. Togo Round 1 2006 32
68. Trinidad & Tobago Round 1 2006 32
69. Tunisia Round 1 1974, 1998, 2002, 2006 16, 32, 32, 32
70. Turkey Semi-finals (Final Four) 2002 32
71 Ukraine Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 2006 32
72. United Arab Emirates Round 1 1990 24
73. Uruguay World Champions 1930, 1950 13, 13
74. USA Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930 13
75. Wales Quarter-Finals (Final Eight) 1958 16
76. Yugoslavia Semi-finals (Final Four) 1930, 1962 13, 16
77. Zaire Round 1 1974 16
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