What player holds the modern Major League Baseball record for the highest single-season batting average?
Anthony Keith “Tony” Gwynn, Sr. (May 9, 1960 June 16, 2014), nicknamed “Mr. Padre” and “Captain Video” was an American professional baseball right fielder who played 20 seasons (19822001) in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting Gwynn won eight batting titles in his career, tied for the most in National League (NL) history.
He is considered one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. He had a .338 career batting average, never hitting below .309 in any full season. In 1994 he had a modern single-season record .394 batting average, with 64 RBIs and 12 home runs. Gwynn was a 15-time All-Star, recognized for his skills both on offense and defense with seven Silver Slugger Awards and five Gold Glove Awards. He was the rare player in his era that stayed with a single team his entire career, and he played in the only two World Series appearances in San Diego’s franchise history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, his first year of eligibility.
Accomplishment Record Refs
Highest batting average, career .338 
Highest batting average, season .394 (1994) 
Highest on-base percentage, season .454 (1994) 
Most games played, career 2,440 
Most at bats, career 9,288 
Most plate appearances, career 10,232 
Most runs scored, career 1,383 
Most hits, career 3,141 
Most hits, season 220 (1997) 
Most total bases, career 4,259 
Most doubles, career 543 
Most doubles, season 49 (1997) 
Most triples, career 85 
Most triples, season 13[i] (1987) 
Most runs batted in, career 1,138 
Most walks, career 790 
Most stolen bases, career 319