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Babe Ruth vs Lou Gehrig Comparison

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Babe Ruth vs Lou Gehrig Comparison

Head-to-head comparison of MLB Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig that includes stats, World Series, and awards.  Go to our Player Comparison page to check out other comparisons.

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Position and Height

Teams

Babe Ruth – 3 (Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Boston Braves)
Lou Gehrig – 1 (New York Yankees)

Position

Babe Ruth – Outfielder
Lou Gehrig – First Baseman

Height

Babe Ruth – 6’2″
Lou Gehrig – 6’0″

Bat

Babe Ruth – Left
Lou Gehrig – Left

World Series and Seasons Played

World Series 

Babe Ruth – 7 (1915-1916, 1918, 1923, 1927-1928, 1932) images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 6 (1927-1928, 1932, 1936–1938) images images images images images images

World Series Appearances

Babe Ruth – 10 (1915-1916, 1918, 1921-1923, 1926-1928, 1932) images images images images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 7 (1926-1928, 1932, 1936–1938) images images images images images images images

Seasons Played

Babe Ruth – 22 (1914-1935) images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 17 (1923-1939) images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images images

Awards and Honors

Hall of Fame

Babe Ruth – Yes (95.13% in 1936)
Lou Gehrig – Yes (1939 in Special Election)

Number Retired

Babe Ruth – Yes (Yankees #3)
Lou Gehrig – Yes (Yankees #4)

MVP

Babe Ruth – 1 (1923) images
Lou Gehrig – 2 (1927, 1936) images images

All Star Games

Babe Ruth – 2 (1933, 1934) images images
Lou Gehrig – 7 (1933–1939) images images images images images images images

Triple Crown

Babe Ruth – 0
Lou Gehrig – 1 (1934) images

League Batting Champion

Babe Ruth – 1 (1924) images
Lou Gehrig – 1 (1934) images

Home Run Champion

Babe Ruth – 12 (1918–1921, 1923, 1924, 1926–1931) images images images images images images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 3 (1931, 1934, 1936) images images images

Four Home Run Games

Babe Ruth – 0
Lou Gehrig – 1 (June 3, 1932) images

League RBI champion

Babe Ruth – 6 (1919–1921, 1923, 1926, 1928) images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 5 (1927-1928, 1930-1931, 1934) images images images images images

League Leader in Runs

Babe Ruth – 8 (1919-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1928) images images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 4 (1931, 1933, 1935-1936) images images images images

League Leader in Hits

Babe Ruth – 0
Lou Gehrig – 1 (1931) images

League Leader in Doubles

Babe Ruth – 0
Lou Gehrig – 2 (1927-1928) images images

League Leader in Triples

Babe Ruth – 0
Lou Gehrig – 1 (1926) images

League Leader in Walks

Babe Ruth – 11 (1920-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1928, 1930-1933) images images images images images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 3 (1935-1937) images images images

League Leader in OBP (On-Base Percentage)

Babe Ruth – 10 (1919-1921, 1923-1924, 1926-1927, 1930-1932) images images images images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig – 5 (1928, 1934-1937) images images images images images

League Leader in Slugging Percentage

Babe Ruth – 13 (1918-1924, 1926-1931) images images images images images images images images images images images images images
Lou Gehrig -2 (1934, 1936) images images

Regular Season Career Stats (Offense)

A baseball next to the player represents the winner of the comparison.  A baseball next to both players means a tie.

Games

Babe Ruth – 2,503 images
Lou Gehrig – 2,164

At Bats

Babe Ruth – 8,399 images
Lou Gehrig – 8,001

Plate Appearances

Babe Ruth – 10,622 images
Lou Gehrig – 9,663

Batting Average

Babe Ruth – .342 images
Lou Gehrig – .340

Home Runs

Babe Ruth – 714 images
Lou Gehrig – 493

Career Grand Slams

Babe Ruth – 16
Lou Gehrig – 23 images

RBIs

Babe Ruth – 2,214 images
Lou Gehrig – 1,995

Hits

Babe Ruth – 2,873 images
Lou Gehrig – 2,721

Runs

Babe Ruth – 2,174 images
Lou Gehrig – 1,888

Doubles

Babe Ruth – 506
Lou Gehrig – 534 images

Triples

Babe Ruth – 136
Lou Gehrig – 163 images

Total Bases

Babe Ruth – 5,793 images
Lou Gehrig – 5,060

Walks

Babe Ruth – 2,062 images
Lou Gehrig – 1,508

Strikeouts

Babe Ruth – 1,330
Lou Gehrig – 790 images

Stolen Bases

Babe Ruth – 123 images
Lou Gehrig – 102

On Base Percentage

Babe Ruth – .474 images
Lou Gehrig – .447

Slugging Percentage

Babe Ruth – .690 (Record) images
Lou Gehrig – .632

OPS+

Babe Ruth – 206 (Record) images
Lou Gehrig – 179

WAR

Babe Ruth – 163.1 images
Lou Gehrig – 112.4

Regular Season Career Stats (Defense)

Games

Babe Ruth – 2,436 images
Lou Gehrig – 2,147

Games Started

Babe Ruth – 1,896
Lou Gehrig – 2,136 images

Innings 

Babe Ruth – 20,357 images
Lou Gehrig – 18,896

Fielding Percentage

Babe Ruth – .968
Lou Gehrig – .991 images

Double Plays

Babe Ruth – 84
Lou Gehrig – 1,575 images

Putouts

Babe Ruth – 4,787
Lou Gehrig – 19,525 images

Assists

Babe Ruth – 569
Lou Gehrig – 1,087 images

Errors

Babe Ruth – 179 images
Lou Gehrig – 196

Playoff Career Stats

Games

Babe Ruth – 41 images
Lou Gehrig – 34

At Bats

Babe Ruth – 129 images
Lou Gehrig – 119

Plate Appearances

Babe Ruth – 167 images
Lou Gehrig – 150

Batting Average

Babe Ruth – .326
Lou Gehrig – .361 images

Home Runs

Babe Ruth – 15 images
Lou Gehrig – 10

RBIs

Babe Ruth – 33
Lou Gehrig – 35 images

Hits

Babe Ruth – 42
Lou Gehrig – 43 images

Runs

Babe Ruth – 37 images
Lou Gehrig – 30

Doubles

Babe Ruth – 5
Lou Gehrig – 8 images

Triples

Babe Ruth – 1
Lou Gehrig – 3 images

Walks

Babe Ruth – 33 images
Lou Gehrig – 26

Strikeouts

Babe Ruth – 30
Lou Gehrig – 17 images

On Base Percentage

Babe Ruth – .470
Lou Gehrig – .483 images

Slugging Percentage

Babe Ruth – .744 images
Lou Gehrig – .731

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