Rank 'Em: MLB Single-Season Standards

Created: January 12, 2010, 8:00 AM

Where does Barry Bonds' single-season record of 73 home runs rank?

What are the most significant single-season marks in baseball?

There was a time when the single-season home run record was the unquestioned champion of baseball's single-season standard. From Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle chasing Babe Ruth to Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa chasing Maris, pursuit of it captivated the country.

But with Mark McGwire's admission of steroids use putting a cap on an era in which power numbers ran wild and 61 was passed six times by three players, does the current record (73) still hold special meaning? Which single-season mark means the most in baseball now?

Not all the marks below are single-season records, but they do represent some of the most significant numbers in the game. How do you rank them?

  • Hack Wilson
    Chicago Cubs
    191 RBIs in 1930
  • Joe DiMaggio
    New York Yankees
    56-game hit streak in 1941
  • Ted Williams
    Boston Red Sox
    .406 batting average in 1941
  • Bob Gibson
    St. Louis Cardinals
    1.12 ERA in 1968
  • Denny McLain
    Detroit Tigers
    31 wins in 1968
  • Nolan Ryan
    California Angels
    383 strikeouts in 1973
  • Rickey Henderson
    Oakland Athletics
    130 stolen bases in 1982
  • Barry Bonds
    San Francisco Giants
    73 home runs in 2001
  • Ichiro Suzuki
    Seattle Mariners
    262 hits in 2004
  • Francisco Rodriguez
    Los Angeles Angels
    62 saves in 2008