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Every MLB Player To Hit 50 Home Runs In A Season

Updated September 24, 2019 902 votes 68 voters 1.1k views30 items

List RulesVote up MLB players with 50-home-run seasons based on how great they were at hitting long balls

Every baseball player to hit 50 home runs in a season has accomplished a special feat. Whether natural or aided by performance-enhancing drugs, 50-home-run seasons in MLB don't happen that often. There have been 46 total by 30 different players.

Of those players, some are all-time legends of the game such as Babe Ruth and Willie Mays, two of the best baseball players of all time. Some are modern stars like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, who are among the best players in the game today. Pete Alonso joined the club in 2019 in his rookie season, setting records for most HRs by an NL rookie and most home runs in a season in Mets history.

Then there are the flukes like Brady Anderson, who hit 210 home runs in a 15-year career, but 50 of those came in one season. But one could also consider Roger Maris' record-setting season in 1961 a fluke, considering he hit just 275 long balls in his career.

So of all the players who hit 50 home runs in a single season, which players were the true kings of the long ball, and which were just pretenders getting lucky? Who are the best power hitters to slug 50 home runs in a season?

  • Career home runs: 534

    Season(s) with 50-plus home runs
    1932 (58)
    1938 (50)

    26
    21
    Is he a great slugger?

    More Jimmie Foxx 

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  • Career home runs: 369

    Season(s) with 50-plus home runs
    1947 (51)
    1949 (54)

    16
    9
    Is he a great slugger?

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  • Career home runs: 612

    Season(s) with 50-plus home runs
    2002 (52)

    22
    18
    Is he a great slugger?

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  • Career home runs: 583

    Season(s) with 50-plus home runs
    1996 (52)
    1997 (58)
    1998 (70)
    1999 (65)

    20
    17
    Is he a great slugger?

    More Mark McGwire 

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