The following is a list of major league baseball players who got a hit in the most consecutive plate appearances. The players with the most consecutive hits in a row major league baseball history.
This is not a list of players with the most hits in consecutive games, but players with the most hits in consecutive plate appearances. Each of these players got consecutive hits in plate appearances. Each time they went to the plate over their streaks they came away with a hit and nothing else.
After listing the players who got the most consecutive hits in plate appearances, I also list players with the most consecutive hits in at-bats. There is a big distinction between at-bats and plate appearances. A player who walks is not officially credited with an at-bat, but does have a plate appearance.
So players who walked while getting consecutive hits in at-bats are listed after the players with most consecutive hits in plate appearances. Players can do other things, like sacrifices and sacrifice flies, which wipe out at-bats, but the players listed here both walked during their streaks.
Baseball Players with the Most Consecutive Hits in a Row (no walks)
- Walt Dropo (1952) – 12 consecutive hits
Playing in three games over two days on July 14 and July 15 in 1952 for the Detroit Tigers, Walt Dropo got 12 consecutive hits in 12 straight plate appearances.
Dropo went five-for-five in a game vs the New York Yankees on July 14. He then went four-for-four in the first game of a doubleheader vs the Washington Senators on July 15. In the second game of the doubleheader, Dropo got three more consecutive hits, before he popped out in the seventh inning.
During the streak, Dropo got 10 singles, one double, and one triple. He started the streak with nine consecutive singles, before he tripled in his first at-bat in the second game of the doubleheader. He then got a single and a double in the second game of the doubleheader, before he hit a pop foul to the catcher to end the streak.
In the game prior to the start of his hit streak, Walt Dropo reached base the last two times he batted, once with a single, and the second time on an error. So he reached base 14 consecutive times from July 13 to July 15 in 1952. That is two shy of Ted Williams’ official American League record, and three shy of Piggy Ward’s major league record.
- Johnny Kling (1902) – 12?
Some baseball historians believe that catcher Johnny Kling also got 12 consecutive hits for the Chicago Orphans (now Chicago Cubs) during the 1902 season.
Most Consecutive Hits in At-bats (walks included)
- Pinky Higgins (1938) – 12
Some places list Pinky Higgins as having 12 consecutive hits for the Boston Red Sox during the 1938 season, but that is wrong. Higgins got a hit for 12 consecutive at-bats in 1938, but he also walked a couple of times during the streak.
Pinky Higgins did not get 12 hits in a row over 12 straight plate appearances. He got 12 hits over 14 plate appearances, including two walks.
- Bernie Williams (2002) – 11
Bernie Williams of the New York Yankees got 11 consecutive hits in 11 consecutive at-bats, but he also walked once during the streak, which occurred over four games from August 14 to August 18 in 2002.
Bernie’s streak began on August 14, 2002, against the Kansas City Royals when he got a single in the 14th inning of that extra inning game. He then went five-for-five vs the Royals on August 15.
On August 16, Bernie Williams went four-four-four vs the Seattle Mariners, but he also walked once during this game. Bernie then got a single in his first at-bat vs the Mariners on August 17, before grounding out in his second at-bat to end the streak.
Interestingly, Bernie Williams got a walk in the 13th inning of the extra inning game vs the Royals on August 14, before he got the hit that started his hit streak in the 14th inning. So Bernie Williams got on-base 13 consecutive times in 13 plate appearances over the streak.