Cleveland Indians All-Time Hit Leaders

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1. Nap Lajoie; 2,046 hits

The Cleveland Indians’ all-time hits leader is Hall of Fame second baseman Nap Lajoie. Lajoie spent 21 seasons in the majors from 1896 to 1916 with a career batting average of .338. He is in baseball’s all-time top 20 in both hits and average, totaling 3,242 hits in 2,480 games. Lajoie had four 200-hit seasons and one year with a .426 batting average.

2. Tris Speaker: 1,965 hits

Hall of Fame center fielder Tris Speaker was one of the greatest all-around hitters in baseball history. Spending half of his 22-year career in Cleveland, Speaker hit .354 with an Indians’ record .444 on-base percentage. The 1912 AL MVP combined for four 200-hit seasons with the Indians and Red Sox. His career total of 3,514 hits is good for fifth in baseball history. Speaker is Major League Baseball’s all-time doubles leader with 792 two-baggers.

3. Earl Averill: 1,903 hits

Ranking third among the Cleveland Indians’ all-time hits leaders is Hall of Fame outfielder Earl Averill. In 11 seasons with the Indians from 1929 to 1939, Averill hit .322 with a .940 OPS, 226 home runs, 121 triples, 1,084 RBI, and six trips to the All-Star Game. He remains the Indians’ all-time leader in RBI and triples. Averill led the AL with 232 hits in 1936, one of two 200-hit seasons for the slugger.

4. Joe Sewell: 1,800 hits

Hall of Fame shortstop Joe Sewell places fourth on the list of Cleveland Indians’ all-time hits leaders. Sewell was a remarkably talented contact hitter; he struck out once in every 62.6 at bats, the lowest strikeout rate by any hitter in Major League history. Always putting the ball in play, Sewell racked up 180 hits seven times, topping out with 204 hits in 1925.

5. Charlie Jamieson: 1,753 hits

Charlie Jamieson patrolled Cleveland’s outfield from 1919 to 1932. His best Major League seasons were played with the Indians as he hit .316 with an on-base percentage of .388 for the tribe. He led the league with 222 hits in 1923 and followed up with 213 hits in 1924.

6. Lou Boudreau: 1,706 hits

Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau was one of the premier players of the 1940s and one of the greatest shortstops in baseball history. Boudreau was with the Indians from 1938 to 1950, earning seven All-Star selections in that time. He won the 1948 AL MVP Award with career highs of 199 hits, a .355 average, .987 OPS, and 106 RBI. He also led the league with a .327 average in 1944.

7. Omar Vizquel: 1,616 hits

Perennial Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel spent 11 seasons with the tribe. While he has made his career on the defensive side of the game, Vizquel was a good all-around offensive player in Cleveland. With the Indians from 1994 to 2004, he hit .283 with a .352 on-base percentage and 279 steals. He had his career year in 1999 with a .333 average, .397 OBP, and one of his three All-Star selections.

8. Ken Keltner: 1,561 hits

Ken Keltner manned third base for the Indians in the 1930s and 1940s and he remains eighth on the Cleveland Indians’ all-time hits leaders list. Spending all but his last 13 games in an Indians’ uniform, Keltner posted a career .276 batting average with a .441 slugging percentage over 13 seasons. The seven-time All-Star had his career year in 1939 with a .325 average and an OPS of .868.

9. Kenny Lofton: 1,512 hits

Five-time All-Star center fielder Kenny Lofton spent ten years over three stints with Cleveland to become one of the Indians’ all-time hits leaders. Lofton hit exactly .300 for the Indians, reaching a career best .349 average in 1994. He holds a huge lead as the Indians’ all-time stolen bases leader with 452 steals. Lofton accumulated a career total of 2,428 hits in 17 Major League seasons.

10. Terry Turner: 1,472 hits

A shortstop and third baseman for Cleveland in the early 1900s, Terry Turner places tenth among the Cleveland Indians’ all-time hits leaders. From 1904 to 1918, Turner hit .254 and stole 254 bases for the Cleveland Naps/Indians. He had his career year in 1912 with a .308 batting average and .363 on-base percentage.


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