MLB: Top 20 Rookies with the Most Home Runs Ever

Mark McGwire, Don Mattingly and Matt Nokes in 1987

Mark McGwire, Don Mattingly and Matt Nokes in 1987

Mark McGwire smacked 49 home runs his rookie season (1987), shattering the previous record of 38 shared by Frank Robinson and old-timer Wally Berger.

These 20 rookies below hit the most home runs. Not all (in fact only a few) went on to become lifetime sluggers.

There’s McGwire and Robinson, Albert Pujols, Mike Piazza, Jose Canseco and bringing up the rear, Ted Williams, himself. That’s about it.

All others failed to reach 300 (6) or even 200 (8) career homers. But most took home Rookie of the Year honors (11 of the 16 eligible), which was first awarded in 1947 (to Jackie Robinson).

UPDATED LIST: Through July 31, 2014. Chicago White Sox rookie Jose Abreu has 31 homers so far. We’ll keep on eye on this and return with updates, but you can also check his current home run total here. Hey, what about Mike Trout in 2012? He had 30, won Rookie of the Year, but just missed the list. Abreu looks like a lock for RoY in 2014.

PLAYER HR CAREER HR YEAR AGE TEAM BATS ROY?
1. Mark McGwire 49 583 1987 23/24 Oakland A’s R Yes
2. Frank Robinson 38 586 1956 20/21 Cincinnati Reds R Yes
2. Wally Berger 38 242 1930 24 Boston Braves R NA
4. Albert Pujols 37 492 2001 21 St. Louis Cardinals R Yes
4. Al Rosen 37 192 1950 26 Cleveland Indians R No
6. Ron Kittle 35 176 1983 25 Chicago White Sox R Yes
6. Mike Piazza 35 427 1993 24/25 Los Angeles Dodgers R Yes
6. Rudy York 35 277 1937 23/24 Detroit Tigers R NA
6. Hal Trosky 35 228 1934 21 Cleveland Indians L NA
10. Ryan Braun 34 211 2007 23 Milwaukee Brewers R Yes
10. Walt Dropo 34 152 1950 27 Boston Red Sox R Yes
12. Jose Canseco 33 462 1986 21 /22 Oakland A’s R Yes
12. Earl Williams 33 138 1971 22/23 Atlanta Braves R Yes
12. Jimmie Hall 33 121 1963 25 Minnesota Twins L No
15. Chris Young 32 141 2007 23/24 Arizona Diamondbacks R No
15. Matt Nokes 32 136 1987 23 Detroit Tigers L No
15. Tony Oliva 32 220 1964 25/26 Minnesota Twins L Yes
18. Jose Abreu 31 31 2014 27 Chicago White Sox R TBD
18. Tim Salmon 31 299 1993 24/25 California Angels R Yes
18. Jim Ray Hart 31 170 1964 22 San Francisco Giants R No
18. Ted Williams 31 521 1939 20/21 Boston Red Sox L NA

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