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Most Career HR, Listed Height 5′ 6″ Or Less

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 29, 2011

Since 1901, who has hit the most career homeruns of any player with a listed height of 5' 6" or less?

Here's the list:

Rk Player HR Ht From To Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos Tm
1 Hack Wilson 244 66 1923 1934 23-34 1348 5556 4760 884 1461 266 67 1063 674 0 713 20 102 0 15 52 5 .307 .395 .545 .940 *879/4 NYG-CHC-BRO-TOT
2 Tommy Leach 57 66 1901 1918 23-40 1996 8401 7383 1260 1991 255 164 737 762 0 278 31 225 0 0 334 24 .270 .341 .372 .712 85/7694 PIT-TOT-CHC-CIN
3 Joe Sewell 49 66 1920 1933 21-34 1903 8329 7132 1141 2226 436 68 1055 842 0 114 80 275 0 0 74 72 .312 .391 .413 .804 *65/4 CLE-NYY
4 Andy High 44 66 1922 1934 24-36 1314 4969 4400 618 1250 195 65 482 425 0 130 19 125 0 8 33 25 .284 .350 .388 .738 *54/6 BRO-TOT-BSN-STL-CIN-PHI
5 Roy Weatherly 43 66 1936 1950 21-35 811 3008 2781 415 794 152 44 290 180 0 170 7 40 0 24 42 49 .286 .331 .418 .749 *89/75 CLE-NYY-NYG
6 Freddie Patek 41 65 1968 1981 23-36 1650 6246 5530 736 1340 216 55 490 523 33 787 31 119 43 92 385 131 .242 .309 .324 .633 *6/4597 PIT-KCR-CAL
7 Phil Rizzuto 38 66 1941 1956 23-38 1661 6711 5816 877 1588 239 62 563 651 1 398 49 193 2 107 149 58 .273 .351 .355 .706 *6/4 NYY
8 Walt Williams 33 66 1964 1975 20-31 842 2555 2373 284 640 106 11 173 126 7 211 18 25 13 45 34 19 .270 .310 .365 .675 97/8D45 HOU-CHW-CLE-NYY
9 Dutch Zwilling 30 66 1910 1916 21-27 366 1443 1280 167 364 76 15 202 128 0 139 4 31 0 0 46 0 .284 .351 .438 .789 *8/93 CHW-CHI-CHC
10 Albie Pearson 28 65 1958 1966 23-31 988 3626 3077 485 831 130 24 214 477 12 195 12 51 9 43 77 33 .270 .369 .355 .724 *89/7 WSH-TOT-BAL-LAA-CAL
11 Rabbit Maranville 28 65 1912 1935 20-43 2670 11256 10078 1255 2605 380 177 884 839 0 756 39 300 0 21 291 112 .258 .318 .340 .658 *64/5 BSN-PIT-CHC-BRO-STL
12 Topsy Hartsel 28 65 1901 1911 27-37 1286 5541 4638 797 1274 179 90 320 807 0 0 10 86 0 0 237 0 .275 .383 .370 .754 *7/89 CHC-PHA
13 Dom Dallessandro 22 66 1937 1947 23-33 746 2269 1945 242 520 110 23 303 310 0 150 3 11 0 48 16 1 .267 .369 .381 .750 78/9 BOS-CHC
14 Heinie Mueller 17 66 1938 1941 25-28 441 1462 1281 144 324 55 11 127 156 0 124 6 19 0 29 10 0 .253 .337 .353 .690 *4/597386 PHI
15 Bill Keister 14 65 1901 1903 29-31 334 1416 1325 213 418 80 37 246 46 0 0 21 24 0 0 62 0 .315 .348 .463 .812 96/458 BLA-WSH-PHI
16 Jackie Tavener 13 65 1921 1929 23-31 632 2432 2131 254 543 88 53 243 186 0 231 10 105 0 0 46 31 .255 .318 .364 .682 *6 DET-CLE
17 Charlie Hanford 12 66 1914 1915 32-33 232 842 776 110 217 32 18 112 44 0 109 6 16 0 0 47 0 .280 .323 .414 .737 *8/97 BUF-CHI
18 Willie Keeler 12 64 1901 1910 29-38 1161 5063 4477 696 1365 103 47 287 265 0 1 62 259 0 0 161 0 .305 .352 .357 .709 *9/5478 BRO-NYY-NYG
19 Herm McFarland 12 66 1901 1903 31-33 303 1303 1104 183 301 56 24 144 159 0 0 16 24 0 0 57 0 .273 .372 .399 .772 *78/9 CHW-TOT-NYY
20 Chuck Dressen 11 65 1925 1933 26-34 646 2535 2215 313 603 123 29 221 219 0 118 18 83 0 2 30 3 .272 .343 .369 .711 *5/4769 CIN-NYG
21 Birdie Cree 11 66 1908 1915 25-32 742 2982 2603 345 761 117 62 332 269 0 97 43 67 0 0 132 36 .292 .368 .398 .766 *78/9645 NYY
22 Josh Devore 11 66 1908 1914 20-26 601 2158 1874 331 520 58 31 149 222 0 230 23 39 0 0 160 9 .277 .361 .359 .720 *78/9 NYG-TOT
23 Sparky Adams 9 65 1922 1934 27-39 1424 6174 5557 844 1588 249 48 394 453 0 223 28 136 0 14 154 50 .286 .343 .353 .695 456/79 CHC-PIT-STL-TOT-CIN
24 Donie Bush 9 66 1908 1923 20-35 1945 8734 7210 1280 1804 186 74 436 1158 0 346 29 337 0 0 406 93 .250 .356 .300 .656 *6/54 DET-TOT-WSH
25 Miller Huggins 9 66 1904 1916 26-38 1586 6800 5558 948 1474 146 50 318 1003 0 312 47 192 0 0 324 31 .265 .382 .314 .696 *4/5 CIN-STL
26 Fred Haney 8 66 1922 1929 26-33 622 2372 1977 338 544 66 21 228 282 0 123 10 103 0 0 51 25 .275 .368 .342 .710 *5/4638 DET-BOS-TOT-STL
27 Claude Ritchey 8 66 1901 1909 27-35 1149 4644 4019 458 1083 161 45 443 441 0 0 43 141 0 0 86 0 .269 .348 .338 .686 *4/69 PIT-BSN
28 Doc Casey 8 66 1901 1907 31-37 942 4082 3667 493 945 119 44 293 240 0 0 44 131 0 0 148 0 .258 .311 .321 .632 *5/26 DET-CHC-BRO
29 Ducky Holmes 8 66 1901 1905 32-36 490 2121 1893 290 507 79 31 162 128 0 0 25 75 0 0 110 0 .268 .323 .355 .678 97/584 DET-TOT-CHW
30 John Kane 7 66 1907 1910 24-27 261 975 824 118 181 21 11 59 76 0 10 22 53 0 0 53 0 .220 .303 .297 .600 8/75964 CIN-CHC
31 Donnie Sadler 6 66 1998 2007 23-32 418 861 768 125 155 29 8 46 55 0 163 10 21 7 8 25 12 .202 .262 .284 .546 4/65879 BOS-TOT-TEX-ARI
32 Buster Chatham 6 65 1930 1931 28-29 129 513 448 52 118 21 11 59 43 0 47 2 20 0 0 8 0 .263 .331 .400 .730 /*56 BSN
33 Eddie Foster 6 66 1910 1923 23-36 1500 6317 5652 732 1490 191 71 451 528 0 255 25 112 0 0 195 67 .264 .329 .326 .655 *54/6 NYY-WSH-BOS-TOT-SLB
34 Arnold Hauser 6 66 1910 1915 21-26 433 1675 1468 180 349 33 20 137 121 0 184 22 64 0 0 68 2 .238 .305 .300 .605 *6/54 STL-CHI
35 Harry Bemis 5 66 1902 1910 28-36 704 2405 2229 214 569 92 29 234 79 0 0 36 61 0 0 49 0 .255 .292 .329 .621 *2/3495 CLE
36 Ralph Young 4 65 1913 1922 24-33 1022 4336 3643 480 898 108 30 254 495 0 235 15 183 0 0 92 59 .247 .339 .296 .635 *4/65 NYY-DET-PHA
37 Billy Gilbert 4 64 1901 1909 25-33 850 3271 2816 375 695 72 17 237 270 0 0 72 113 0 0 167 0 .247 .328 .289 .617 *46 MLA-BLA-NYG-STL
38 Jim Jackson 4 66 1901 1906 23-28 350 1432 1280 160 301 47 10 134 108 0 0 7 37 0 0 57 0 .235 .298 .297 .595 *7/895 BLA-NYG-CLE
39 Dummy Hoy 4 66 1901 1902 39-40 204 977 806 160 236 43 13 80 127 0 0 18 26 0 0 38 0 .293 .401 .393 .794 *8 CHW-CIN
40 Onix Concepcion 3 66 1980 1987 22-29 390 1131 1041 108 249 34 7 80 47 0 93 11 26 6 22 25 14 .239 .278 .294 .572 *6/45 KCR-PIT
41 George Hausmann 3 65 1944 1949 28-33 301 1303 1136 173 304 35 13 78 120 0 77 1 46 0 16 10 0 .268 .338 .329 .667 *4 NYG
42 Nemo Leibold 3 66 1913 1925 21-33 1268 4863 4167 638 1109 145 49 284 571 0 335 16 109 0 0 136 60 .266 .357 .327 .683 897/5 CLE-TOT-CHW-BOS-WSH
43 Clark Griffith 3 66 1901 1914 31-44 164 414 349 42 75 15 2 38 51 0 0 1 13 0 0 1 1 .215 .317 .295 .612 *1/749 CHW-NYY-CIN-WSH
44 Jim Stephens 3 66 1907 1912 23-28 428 1377 1252 95 276 30 21 97 77 0 0 14 34 0 0 14 2 .220 .273 .285 .558 *2 SLB
45 Harry Gleason 3 66 1901 1905 26-30 274 1030 944 88 206 24 11 90 48 0 0 10 28 0 0 31 0 .218 .263 .276 .540 *5/6847 BOS-SLB
46 Fred Hartman 3 66 1901 1902 33-34 234 958 889 107 236 33 16 141 39 0 0 14 16 0 0 45 0 .265 .307 .349 .656 *5/63 CHW-STL
47 Billy Hamilton 3 66 1901 1901 35-35 102 425 348 71 100 11 2 38 64 0 0 4 9 0 0 20 0 .287 .404 .356 .760 /*89 BSN
48 Rafael Belliard 2 66 1982 1998 20-36 1154 2524 2301 217 508 55 14 142 136 26 384 23 58 6 53 43 17 .221 .270 .259 .530 *64/5 PIT-ATL
49 Al Gionfriddo 2 66 1944 1947 22-25 228 682 580 95 154 22 12 58 91 0 39 1 10 0 6 15 0 .266 .366 .355 .721 /879 PIT-TOT
50 Pid Purdy 2 66 1926 1929 22-25 181 569 499 74 146 22 11 59 48 0 25 6 16 0 0 3 1 .293 .362 .393 .754 /798 CHW-CIN
51 Herbie Moran 2 65 1908 1915 24-31 595 2518 2177 300 527 60 26 135 264 0 162 30 47 0 0 103 26 .242 .332 .296 .629 *98/7 TOT-BSN-BRO
52 Lew Drill 2 66 1902 1905 25-28 293 1050 896 87 231 41 10 100 114 0 0 18 22 0 0 21 0 .258 .353 .333 .686 *2/934875 TOT-WSH-DET
53 Jack Dunleavy 2 66 1903 1905 23-25 231 908 800 98 193 18 14 49 84 0 0 6 18 0 0 33 0 .241 .318 .306 .624 *9/7184 STL
54 Bobby Shantz 1 66 1949 1964 23-38 578 645 548 60 107 20 2 46 47 0 96 5 44 1 4 3 2 .195 .265 .245 .509 *1/8 PHA-KCA-NYY-PIT-TOT-STL
55 Fritz Brickell 1 65 1958 1961 23-26 41 96 88 7 16 1 0 7 7 0 19 0 1 0 5 0 0 .182 .242 .227 .469 /*64 NYY-LAA
56 Lynn Myers 1 66 1938 1939 24-25 144 372 344 42 83 16 3 29 21 0 48 0 7 0 3 10 0 .241 .285 .314 .599 *6/54 STL
57 Herb Thomas 1 64 1924 1927 22-25 74 260 235 27 52 11 4 15 15 0 18 6 4 0 0 7 3 .221 .285 .315 .600 /84697 BSN-TOT
58 Manuel Cueto 1 65 1914 1919 22-27 151 452 379 36 86 10 1 31 50 0 33 4 19 0 0 13 0 .227 .323 .266 .590 /7946258 SLM-CIN
59 Jimmie Savage 1 65 1912 1915 28-31 148 583 503 82 139 9 9 26 69 0 32 0 11 0 0 17 0 .276 .364 .336 .700 /957684 PHI-PBS
60 Ed Mensor 1 66 1912 1914 26-28 127 307 244 43 54 6 3 8 53 0 38 3 7 0 0 14 4 .221 .367 .283 .649 /89764 PIT
61 Rabbit Robinson 1 66 1903 1910 21-28 206 787 700 71 156 23 14 58 63 0 0 7 17 0 0 30 0 .223 .294 .300 .594 /465987 WSH-DET-CIN
62 Andy Oyler 1 66 1902 1902 22-22 27 90 77 9 17 1 0 6 8 0 0 3 2 0 0 3 0 .221 .318 .273 .591 /*58649 BLA
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Generated 1/29/2011.

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Hack may own this "record" for a very, very, long time.

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49 Responses to “Most Career HR, Listed Height 5′ 6″ Or Less”

  1. Wow, more HOFers than I expected on that list, even leaving aside Maranville. Wonder how the list looks if you go with 6'6" and OVER?

  2. Pedroia should be on this list. i know he is isted as 5'7 or 5'8, but cmon....

  3. #1, Kingman is probably tops

  4. Looks like Billy Hamilton and Dummy Hoy move into a tie for 7th place if you include years before 1901.

    I'm highly amused to see Rafael Belliard in the top fifty of a home run list, no matter what the other qualifiers are.

  5. Guys with 19th century playing time include...

    Tommy Leach - 63
    Billy Hamilton - 40
    Dummy Hoy - 40
    Charlie Duffee - 35
    Willie Keeler - 33

  6. Little Joe hit out 268. You know everybody that short lies about his height.

  7. @3

    HR's 6'6" or taller:

    Dave Winfield - 462
    Dave Kingman - 442
    Frank Howard - 382
    Adam Dunn - 354
    Darryl Strawberry - 335
    Richie Sexson - 306
    Tony Clark - 254
    ... then a big dropoff
    Corey Hart 98
    Walt Bond 41

  8. #6 My second thought, right after "I'll bet Hack Wilson is near the top" was "How tall was Joe Morgan?" Missed it by that much, as Maxwell Smart would say.

    And I love any lists that remind me of Walt "No neck" Williams.

  9. #1 and #3: Winfield, not Kingman has the most homers among players listed at 6'6" or taller. But Adam Dunn is threateting Top 10:
    Dave Winfield 465
    Dave Kingman 442
    Frank Howard 382
    Adam Dunn 354
    Darryl Strawberry 335
    Richie Sexson 306
    Tony Clark 251
    Corey Hart 98
    Walt Bond 41
    Billy Ashley 28

  10. sorry, David @7, my post went out as yours came in.

  11. Frank Clingenpeel Says:

    I was wondering which 6'6"+ players had the lowest HR/AB ratio -- and the most stolen bases.

  12. How about Hack Wilson with more than 4x the runner ups' total!

  13. Richard Chester Says:

    Only 9 players on the list played past 1950.

  14. Frank Reich Says:

    #11 That would be:
    Darryl Strawberry: 16.2 AB/HR with 221 SB
    and
    Dave Winfield: 23.7 AB/HR with 223 SB

    No others have at least 100 HR and 100 SB

  15. Imbroglio21 Says:

    @11

    I had to get the HR/AB from another source, so those will be HR/100PA (ascending), with a minimum of 500 career PAs, because the initial query spit out too many zeroes.

    HEIGHT >= 78
    HR/100 PA HR/PA
    1 Parson Nicholson 0,71
    2 Howie Schultz 1,41
    3 Brennan Boesch 2,73
    4 Walt Bond 3,06
    5 Ron Jackson 3,18
    6 Corey Hart 3,73
    7 Dave Winfield 3,76
    8 Billy Ashley 4,07
    9 Tony Clark 4,90
    10 Frank Howard 5,20

    HEIGHT >= 78
    STOLEN BASES SB
    1 Dave Winfield 223
    2 Darryl Strawberry 221
    3 Dave Kingman 85
    4 Corey Hart 71
    5 Adam Dunn 59
    6 Parson Nicholson 58
    7 Howie Schultz 15
    8 Richie Sexson 14
    9 Walt Bond 10
    10 Frank Howard 8

  16. I forgot Winfield was that tall

  17. There was a time when Kingman led all HOF eligible players with most HR and not in the HOF. Steroids/PEDs helped him there.

  18. One amazing piece of trivia: How many of you remember that Freddie Patek, all 5'4" of him, once hit 3 HR in the same game! Yup. June 20, 1980 at Fenway. Amazingly, after that game, he hit just one other HR the rest of his career.

  19. I think there's a mistake at the website here, regarding former White Sox shortstop Harry Chappas. I remember Chappas being 5'3", not 5'7". He was on the cover of Sports Illustrated, one spring, Chappas had one career homerun.

  20. Mike Felber Says:

    I do not think Morgan was under 5'7". Many guys lie about their height, effectively giving their height with shoes. I'll bet it is more common to try to add more height via claiming the round # of 6.'

  21. Yogi Berra hit more. and they list him as 5'7", but that was a stretch.

  22. @7

    Big Hurt just missed it being listed at 6'5".....

  23. Also,

    So Donnie Sadler is the only player 5'6" or under to hit a HR in the last 10 years?

  24. Imbroglio21 Says:
  25. I remember a player named Chad Fonville who was 5'6" and played for the Dodgers a number of years ago. He never hit a home run. I wonder how many of those players on that list have only inside-the-park home runs.

  26. Kahuna Tuna Says:

    As his page sponsor notes, Dutch Zwilling (#9 on the list) was "Not only the last man (alphabetically) to play major league baseball, but also the all-time HR leader for the short-lived Federal League."

  27. Richard Chester Says:

    @25

    There was a high percentage of inside-the-park home runs prior to 1920 so I would not be surprised if many of the players with just a few homers had all inside-the-park homers. Tommy Leach had 49.

    An indication of the high percentage is the fact that Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and Honus Wagner all had at least 33% of their homers as inside-the park.

  28. I've stood next to Joe Morgan. Granted, he was about 60 so he might have shrunk just a bit since his playing days, but I don't think he was 5'7." Nothing scientific here, but he had to be close.

    Yogi Berra is also listed at 5'7." He was considered short, which is why some teams didn't want to give him a shot. (Interesting that the Yankees singed both Rizzuto and Berra, two vertically challenged players that other lesser teams passed on.) He's in his 80s and has definately shrunk since his playing days, but my guess is he wasn't 5'7" if that's what he was listed at.

    Yet, Steve post did note this was about players "listed" at 5'6" or shorter, so no way to tell which ones added some height.

  29. What did you have against WIlliam Ellsworth "Dummy" Hoy? He stands at 5'4" to 5'5" and no higher. (Proof of his heights from a 1898 documents)

  30. Hack Wilson was amazing. He is listed as 5'6", 190 pounds and had a huge chest and massive arms. He leld the National League single season HR record for over 60 years and still holds the all time single season RBI record. Sadly, he was a hopeless alcoholic.

  31. Yogi Berra was only 4'18"

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  39. I did some random searches on the number of players under 5 feet 6 inches at various times. I counted them if they made one PA:

    1901-1905: 42

    1921-1925: 27

    1951-1955: 8

    2001-2005: 1

    So, it's not a surprise to see the old time players dominating the list.

    By way of comparison, players at least 6 feet:

    1901-1905: 216

    2001-2005: 1456

    Players at least 6 feet 2 inches:

    1901-1905: 57

    2001-2005: 881

    Players at least 6 feet 5 inches:

    1901-1905: 4 (they combined for zero HR's in about 200 plate appearances and only one of them batted over .200 AVG.)

    2001-2005: 148

    The tallest guy ever to make a plate appearance seems to be the current player, pitcher Jon Rauch. He's 6 feet 11 inches. He's hit one HR.

  40. @19, Terry -- According to his B-R Bullpen page:
    "Harry Chappas got attention because he was listed as 5'3" (he was really 5'6")...."

    Of course, that doesn't explain why he's listed at 5'7" on his B-R player page.

  41. In the expansion era (1961-present), there have been only 4 players 5'5" or less (per B-R).

    Two of them played for the expansion Angels in 1961: OF Albie Pearson and SS Fritz Brickell.

    Brickell was just a scrub, but Pearson was a bit of a star: He was the 1958 AL Rookie of the Year with Washington (it was a very weak rookie crop); and from 1961-63, Pearson averaged 100 Runs (leading the AL in '62), a .392 OBP (ranking 4th in '61 and 2nd in '63). Pearson posted a .370 OBP in '65 (the AL OBP was .317), but he was out of the game a year later due to chronic back problems.

  42. P.S. In 1956, Albie Pearson won the Texas League (AA) batting title at .371 (27 points above the #2 man). He also recorded 21 OF assists that year, 28 the next year -- perhaps a case of everyone trying to take the extra base on him?

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