The following is a list of the major league baseball players who hit the most doubles in a season. This is an interesting list, as the record for most doubles in a season has been held by one relatively obscure player for a long time.
I’ve listed every major league player who had at least 60 doubles in a season. It’s been a long time since a player had at least 60 doubles in a season, but in recent times a number of players have had well over 50 doubles in a season.
That includes Todd Helton, who had 59 doubles in 2000, and Carlos Delgado who had 57 doubles also in 2000. Brain Roberts (2009), Garrett Anderson (2002), and Nomar Garciaparra (2002), all hit 56 doubles in a season in recent years.
Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals had 55 doubles in 2013, and Lance Berkman had 55 doubles for the Houston Astros in 2001.
Most Doubles in a Season by a Player in Major League Baseball History
1. Earl Webb (1931) – 67
The player who holds the major league baseball record for most doubles in a season is Earl Webb with 67. Webb hit 67 doubles during the 1931 season with the Boston Red Sox.
Earl Webb only played in the major leagues for seven seasons, and he was a regular player for only three seasons. He was an unlikely candidate to break any record, including the doubles record, but he did it and his record remains today.
When Earl Webb broke the doubles record in 1931, he generated a lot of publicity for himself and the Boston Red Sox. Some people claimed at that time that Webb deliberately pulled up on some long hits staying at second base for a double when he could have had a triple.
T-2. George Burns (1926) – 64
When George Burns hit 64 doubles while playing for the Cleveland Indians in 1926, he set the major league record for most doubles in a season. Burns record would last for just five seasons.
T-2. Joe Medwick (1936) – 64
When Joe Medwick smacked 64 doubles for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936, he was giving everyone a look at just how good he was. Medwick went on to win the Triple Crown in 1937, when he batted .374, and had 31 home runs and 154 RBIs.
Joe Medwick also had 56 more doubles in 1937, leading the league in doubles for the second straight year. Medwick would go on to hit 46 doubles in 1938, leading the National League in the category for three straight seasons. His 64 doubles in 1936 is still the National League record for most doubles in a season.
4. Hank Greenberg (1934) – 63
Hank Greenberg hit the fourth most doubles in a season when he had 63 for the Detroit Tigers in 1932. Hank Greenberg had 379 career doubles, and he would have had many more had he not missed almost four full seasons due to WWII.
5. Paul Waner (1932) – 62
Paul Waner hit the fifth most doubles in a season when he had 62 in 1932 for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Paul Waner hit 605 doubles in his career, the 12th most in baseball history, and the most of any player on this list.
6. Charlie Gehringer (1936) – 60
Charlie Gehringer of the Detroit Tigers had 60 doubles during the 1936 season. Four of the six players who hit 60 or more doubles in a season in major league baseball history are in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Charlie Gehringer, Paul Waner, Hank Greenberg, and Joe Medwick are in, while Earl Webb and George Burns are not. Both Charlie Gehringer and Joe Medwick wore the number three during their careers, as did a select group of other Baseball Hall of Fame players.