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List of Major League Baseball career games played leaders

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Pete Rose, the all-time leader in games played
Pete Rose, the all-time leader in games played

Games played (most often abbreviated as G or GP) is a statistic used in team sports to indicate the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity); the statistic is generally applied irrespective of whatever portion of the game is contested. In baseball, the statistic applies also to players who, prior to a game, are included on a starting lineup card or are announced as ex ante substitutes, whether or not they play,[1] although, in Major League Baseball, the application of this statistic does not extend to consecutive games played streaks. A starting pitcher, then, may be credited with a game played even as he is not credited with a game started or an inning pitched.

Ty Cobb was the first player to reach 3,000 games played. Cobb's record of 3,035 games played lasted for 46 seasons, until Hank Aaron would break the record. Aaron's record was subsequently broken by Carl Yastrzemski in 1983, and finally broken the following season by Pete Rose, who currently holds the record for most games played at 3,562. Rickey Henderson, Eddie Murray, Stan Musial, and Cal Ripken, Jr. are the only other players to play in over 3,000 career games.

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(lively electronic music) - The object of base collecting is to hit the ball and collect as many bases as you can before a fielder has the chance to get the ball there. This is a single-player game, and the only chance to collect is immediately after your hit, so make it count. Each at-bat throughout the game accumulates into your final score. It may sound simple, but factors such as number of at-bats and getting walked all affect your ability to score big. Those that do, defy odds so great that their performances are put into the history books. Baseball's single game total base leaders include some of the greatest players in the history of the sport, and those games tend to be the greatest individual performances of their monumental careers, but sometimes, you only need to be great for a day in order to excel at the game within the game. With all of this in mind, what does it take to get the single game total base high score? The answer to that question is complicated, mostly because of how the game has evolved over its long history. We're gonna limit this to nine innings. Extra innings is a stat hack. To simplify things, we're going to focus on what is called the Live-Ball Era, which essentially is the modern era of baseball that came following a series of rule changes in 1920. The Dead-Ball Era, despite being an outdated version of the game, still has some honorable mentions, the first being Guy Hecker, a pitcher for the Louisville Cardinals. In 1886, during a season in which he became the only pitcher to win a batting title, he also became the only pitcher in baseball history to get six hits in a game. He did so fashionably, hitting three home runs and three singles, bringing his grand total to 15 bases, a record and not just for a pitcher, or so I think. Stats in the 19th century were tracked in soot on the nearest child's face, but the greatest stat lines survive the passage of time. (upbeat electronic music) Boston Beaneater Bobby Lowe beat Hecker's total base high score in 1894 when he became the first player in baseball history to hit four home runs in a game. What makes that even more absurd is that Lowe wasn't a power hitter. He finished his 18-year career with only 71 home runs, close to 6% of which came on that one historic day. Those four home runs plus a single set a high score of 17 total bases, a record that wouldn't be beaten for 60 years, but both of these guys played when everyone was still trying to figure out exactly what a baseball bat should look like, inside-the-park home runs were common due to a lack of ballpark specifications, and the American League hadn't even been created yet. An early record-holder in the Live-Ball Era was Ty Cobb. As legend has it, prior to a May game in 1925, Cobb told a sportswriter, "I'll show you something today. "I'm going for home runs for the first time in my career." His three home runs, two singles, and a double on that day was the best offensive game of his all time great career. His 16 total bases were a modern era high score. This was still very early on in the Live-Ball Era, and players were only beginning to swing for power. Conventional wisdom equated hitting balls in the air to flying out, a feeling stemming from the early days when a ball caught on one bounce was an out. They instead opted for a small ball approach, with a focus on base hits. Cobb decided instead that he was going to give power hitting a try, and it netted him the total base record. Power is not the only thing that matters when it comes to total bases. Cobb was also the beneficiary of six at-bats that game. There's only one way to match Cobb's 16 total bases in four at-bats, four home runs. Two players have done exactly that, Rocky Colavito in 1959 and Carlos Delgado in 2003. Four at-bats, four home runs, call it a day. They make up two of the 17 players that joined Bobby Lowe on the list of players with four home runs in a game. The first modern era player to do so was Lou Gehrig in 1932, whose four home runs and 16 bases came across six at-bats. A few weeks later, he had an opportunity to meet the man who did it first, reportedly asking Bobby Lowe, "Did you really hit four home runs in a single game?" Because, even when you've done it yourself, it's hard to believe that it could be done at all. This is a prime example of the inefficiencies of stat recording in those days. Gehrig had to confirm it with the man himself because it was all hearsay. That day in 1932 wasn't Gehrig's first flirtation with a total base record. In 1928, he collected 14 bases in five plate appearances, but his third plate appearance was a walk, which officially doesn't count as an at-bat, brings down his at-bat total to four, and doesn't contribute to total bases. This makes the walk one of the greatest threats to a base-collector, especially considering a pitcher's willingness to intentionally walk someone that may have three or four home runs already in a game. 18 years after Gehrig's historic four home run game, Brooklyn Dodger first baseman Gil Hodges put together his own quad shot. He went five for six with four home runs and a single, 17 total bases, a new high score. Just like the base-collecting champs before him, he was Hall of Fame-bound. Four years later, on July 31st, 1954, Hodges would get a front row seat to his record being broken. Milwaukee Braves first baseman Joe Adcock became the first player in baseball history, regardless of era, to collect 18 total bases in a game 60 years after Lowe’s fabled 17 total base game. He achieved this feat at Ebbets Field against Gil Hodges' Brooklyn Dodgers, but unlike his base-collecting predecessors, Adcock wasn't Canton-bound. He was just a solid player that took advantage of each of his five at-bats. The only American League player to finish a game with 18 total bases came 58 years later. In 2012, Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton had his own take on a four home run game, adding a fifth inning double, five at-bats, five hits, 18 total bases, but perhaps most interestingly, Hamilton's fifth inning double was a blast that fell just short of the warning track, putting him dangerously close to what could have been baseball's first five home run game. It's reminiscent of a game on May 2nd, 2002, when Seattle's Mike Cameron, sitting on a four home run day already, sent a shot to the warning track in his final at-bat, barely missing what would have been baseball's first five home run game, a feat that would be awarded with 20 total bases. Adding to the special nature of this game, Cameron and his teammate Bret Boone became the first teammates to hit two home runs in the same inning, going back to back twice in the first. Cameron's simple response after the game, "It's a thing of beauty." A thing of beauty, but one followed by some real ugly times for that Mariners team, but that's a story for another time. (soft electronic music) A few weeks after Cameron's shot party, on May 23rd, 2002, Dodgers right fielder Shawn Green became the only player to collect 19 total bases in a game. Unlike Hamilton, Green had a sixth at-bat, appearing with two outs in the top of the ninth. It was here that he hit his fourth home run of the game to go along with a single and a double. Making this outburst even more unlikely, green had entered that game with only five home runs across his prior 44 games. When asked about his historic performance, Green recounted, "For that week, "I was just very relaxed. "Everything slowed down. "All the cliches." When asked if he was trying to hit a home run when he came to the plate for that sixth time, he replied, "I was pretty much trying to hit a home run "every time I went to the plate." The elusive quadruple dinger is a more rare feat in baseball than a perfect game, and the total base record demands that you do it with flair, whether it's a pair of doubles, or the yet to be attained fifth home run. Records were made to be broken, and baseball's first five home run game will claim the total base record, but it's not the only way. In the end, it all comes down to at-bats and what you do with them. The more at-bats you get, the better your chances at a new high score.



Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games played. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2019 Gs) Number of games played during the 2010 Major League Baseball season.
G Total career games played.
* denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold denotes active player.[a]


Cal Ripken Jr. played in 3,001 career games, including a record streak of 2,632 consecutive.
Cal Ripken Jr. played in 3,001 career games, including a record streak of 2,632 consecutive.
  • Stats updated as of 2019 season.
Rank Player (2019 Gs) G
1 Pete Rose 3,562
2 Carl Yastrzemski * 3,308
3 Hank Aaron * 3,298
4 Rickey Henderson * 3,081
5 Ty Cobb * 3,035
6 Eddie Murray * 3,026
Stan Musial * 3,026
8 Cal Ripken Jr. * 3,001
9 Willie Mays * 2,992
10 Barry Bonds 2,986
11 Dave Winfield * 2,973
12 Omar Vizquel 2,968
13 Rusty Staub 2,951
14 Adrián Beltré 2,933
15 Brooks Robinson * 2,896
16 Robin Yount * 2,856
17 Craig Biggio * 2,850
18 Al Kaline * 2,834
19 Rafael Palmeiro 2,831
20 Harold Baines * 2,830
21 Eddie Collins * 2,826
22 Albert Pujols (131) 2,823
23 Reggie Jackson * 2,820
24 Frank Robinson * 2,808
25 Honus Wagner * 2,794
26 Tris Speaker * 2,789
27 Alex Rodriguez 2,784
28 Tony Pérez * 2,777
29 Derek Jeter 2,747
30 Mel Ott * 2,730
31 George Brett * 2,707
32 Graig Nettles 2,700
33 Darrell Evans 2,687
34 Paul Molitor * 2,683
35 Ken Griffey, Jr. * 2,671
36 Rabbit Maranville * 2,670
37 Ichiro Suzuki 2,653
38 Joe Morgan * 2,649
39 Andre Dawson * 2,627
40 Lou Brock * 2,616
41 Dwight Evans 2,606
42 Luis Aparicio * 2,599
43 Luis Gonzalez 2,591
44 Willie McCovey * 2,588
45 Carlos Beltrán 2,586
46 Steve Finley 2,583
47 Gary Sheffield 2,576
48 Ozzie Smith * 2,573
49 Paul Waner * 2,549
50 Iván Rodríguez * 2,543
Rank Player (2019 Gs) G
Jim Thome * 2,543
52 Ernie Banks * 2,528
53 Julio Franco 2,527
54 Cap Anson * 2,524
55 Bill Buckner 2,517
Sam Crawford * 2,517
57 Gary Gaetti 2,507
58 Babe Ruth * 2,503
59 Tim Raines * 2,502
60 Carlton Fisk * 2,499
Chipper Jones * 2,499
62 Johnny Damon 2,490
63 Dave Concepción 2,488
Billy Williams * 2,488
65 Nap Lajoie * 2,480
66 Max Carey * 2,476
67 Rod Carew * 2,469
Vada Pinson 2,469
69 Dave Parker 2,466
70 Fred McGriff 2,460
71 Ted Simmons 2,456
72 Bill Dahlen 2,444
73 Ron Fairly 2,442
74 Wade Boggs * 2,440
Tony Gwynn * 2,440
76 Chili Davis 2,436
77 Harmon Killebrew * 2,435
78 Roberto Clemente * 2,433
79 Willie Davis 2,429
80 Bobby Abreu 2,425
81 Luke Appling * 2,422
82 Zack Wheat * 2,410
83 Mickey Vernon 2,409
84 David Ortiz 2,408
85 Buddy Bell 2,405
86 Sam Rice * 2,404
Mike Schmidt * 2,404
88 Mickey Mantle * 2,401
89 Miguel Cabrera (136) 2,400
90 Jake Beckley * 2,392
91 Eddie Mathews * 2,391
92 Lou Whitaker 2,390
93 Bobby Wallace * 2,383
94 Enos Slaughter * 2,380
95 Roberto Alomar * 2,379
96 George Davis * 2,372
Torii Hunter 2,372
98 Al Oliver 2,368
99 Nellie Fox * 2,367
100 Willie Stargell * 2,360


  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.


  • "Career Leaders & Records for Games Played".
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