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Highest Ratio of On-Base to Batting Average

Posted by John Autin
In a recent thread, reader mcearlgrey asked about the greatest discrepancies between on-base percentage and batting average. Here are the highest ratios of OBP to BA since 1893:

Season (qualified for batting title):
OB/BAPlayerOBPBAYearAgeTmPAABRHBBIBBHBPSLGOPS
1.90Jimmy Sheckard.368.194191334TOT33025234496801.238.606
1.82Jim Wynn.377.207197634ATL584449759312710.367.744
1.82Tony Smith.329.181191026BRO41432131586902.227.556
1.79Roy Cullenbine.401.224194733DET6074648210413700.422.823
1.78Eddie Yost.412.231195629WSH6845159411915198.336.748
1.78Gene Tenace.415.233197730SDP581437661021251013.410.824
1.75Rob Deer.314.179199130DET53944864808910.386.700
1.75Gene Tenace.392.224197831SDP5154016090101811.409.801
1.74Gene Tenace.367.211197427OAK61248471102110612.411.778
1.72Jack Crooks.408.237189327STL5784489310612109.306.714
1.72Max Bishop.398.232192929PHA61647510211012803.316.713
1.70Rickey Henderson.410.241199637SDP602465110112125210.344.754
1.70Gary Sheffield.424.250199728FLA582444861111211115.446.870
1.69Jack Clark.410.242198933SDP59345576110132181.459.869
1.69Max Bishop.426.252193030PHA58844111711112806.408.834
1.69Mickey Tettleton.419.248199433DET444339578497105.463.882
1.69Eddie Joost.348.206194731PHA6825407611111404.330.678
1.69Mickey Tettleton.376.223199029BAL559444689910635.381.756
1.68Barry Bonds.609.362200439SFG6173731291352321209.8121.422
1.67Mel Ott.391.234194334NYG48238065899503.418.810
1.67Goat Anderson.343.206190727PIT51041373858006.225.568
1.66Ralph Young.313.188191829DET36829831565400.218.531
1.66Mickey Tettleton.396.238199534TEX5474297610210757.510.906
1.66Carlos Pena.325.196201032TBR58248464958747.407.732
1.66Paul Radford.378.228189331WHS5764648710610408.293.672
1.65Charlie Gehringer.363.220194138DET53743665969503.303.666


  • Three by Tenace, three by Tettleton, two by Bishop.
  • After Bonds's .362, the next-best BA is .252....

Career (min. 2,000 PAs):
OB/BAPlayerOBPBAPAFromToGABRHBBIBBHBPSLGOPS
1.64Wes Westrum.356.2172849194719579202322302503489919.373.729
1.61Gene Tenace.388.2415525196919831555439065310609845891.429.817
1.58Eddie Lake.366.231319919391950836259544259954608.323.689
1.56Ken Phelps.374.23922871980199076118543084433902821.480.854
1.56Max Bishop.423.2715779192419351340449496612161156031.366.789
1.55Eddie Yost.394.254917519441962210973461215186316141599.371.765
1.55Jack Cust.374.24225812001201167021073115104441212.439.813
1.54Adam Dunn.374.243656120012011157053909011312106510775.503.876
1.53Mickey Tettleton.369.2415745198419971485469871111329497230.449.818
1.53Eddie Stanky.410.268543519431953125943018111154996035.348.758
1.51Eddie Joost.361.2396783193619551575560687413391043233.366.727
1.50Mark McGwire.394.2637660198620011874618711671626131715075.588.982
1.50Randy Milligan.391.26125941987199470321183055534471013.420.810
1.50Joe Lahoud.334.22322611968197879119252394293092116.372.706
1.49Dick Dietz.390.26122441966197364618292264783813013.425.815
1.49Joe Ferguson.358.24036241970198310133001407719562649.409.767
1.49Barry Bonds.444.298126061986200729869847222729352558688106.6071.051
1.49F.P. Santangelo.364.2452073199520016651691258415240683.351.715
1.49Don Buddin.358.24127631956196271122893425514101618.359.717
1.49Nick Johnson.401.27032142001201079426114217055114270.443.844
1.48Mark Bellhorn.341.2302491199720077312107324484346617.394.735
1.48John Cangelosi.370.25024321985199910382004328501358731.319.690
1.48Roy Cullenbine.408.276478719381947118138796271072853011.432.840
1.47Carlos Pena.352.239490120012011122641136319826834458.486.838
1.47Rob Deer.324.220451219841996115538815788535752732.442.766
1.47Otto Velez.369.25121741973198363718022444523361711.441.810
1.47Harmon Killebrew.376.2569831195419752435814712832086155916048.509.884
1.47Mike Epstein.358.24433931966197490728543626954484370.424.782
1.47Steve Jeltz.308.2102041198319907271749183367248323.268.576
1.47Bernie Carbo.387.264332019691980101027333727225385019.427.814
1.46Wayne Garrett.350.239391319691978109232854387865615012.341.691
1.46Jim Wynn.366.250801019631977192066531105166512248427.436.802
1.46John Henry.303.2072245191019186871920161397244021.254.557
1.46Ferris Fain.424.290490419471955115139305951139904318.396.820
1.46Darren Daulton.357.245433619831997116136305118916295824.427.784
1.46Darrell Evans.361.24810737196919892687897313442223160514135.431.792
1.45Jim Thome.403.27710127199120112485825915662287172517068.556.959
1.45Ellie Rodriguez.356.24526221968197677521732205333322955.308.664
1.45Earl Torgeson.385.26560371947196116684969848131898078.417.802
1.45Bobby Morgan.338.233245919501958671208828648732718.366.704


  • Bonds takes the triple crown among this group.
(Sorry about the font size in the tables; I haven't figured out how to control the appearance of tables pasted from Excel.)

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