Batting Average is a formula used in baseball, softball and cricket that measures the hitting performance of the batters or batsmen in cricket. The baseball stat was modeled by the cricket stat. In cricket the batting average is the total number of runs divided by the number of times the batsmen was out.
Formula for batting average
Average = Hits/At-Bats
Here’s an example, if a player has 450 at-bats and 120 hits then his batting average would be 120/450 which would equal a batting average of .267.
All-Time Career Leaders (MLB)
|3||Shoeless Joe Jackson||.356||1908-20|
|4||Lefty O'Doul||.349||1919-23, 1928-34|
|8||Ted Williams||.344||1939–42, 1946–60|
|9||Dan Brouthers||.342||1879–96, 1904|
Single-Season Leaders (MLB Post-1900)
|1||Nap Lajoie||Philadelphia Athletics||.426||1901|
|2||Rogers Hornsby||St. Louis Cardinals||.424||1924|
|3||Ty Cobb||Detroit Tigers||.420||1911|
|3||George Sisler||St. Louis Browns||.420||1922|
|5||Ty Cobb||Detroit Tigers||.409||1912|
|6||Shoeless Joe Jackson||Cleveland Naps||.408||1911|
|7||George Sisler||St. Louis Browns||.407||1920|
|8||Ted Williams||Boston Red Sox||.406||1941|
|9||Harry Heilmann||Detroit Tigers||.403||1923|
|9||Rogers Hornsby||St. Louis Cardinals||.403||1925|
Only eight players have hit .400-plus in a single-season since 1900, with three (Rogers Hornsby, Ty Cobb, George Sisler) of those achieving the feat more than once. Cobb and Hornsby are the only players since 1900 to ever hit .400 three times in a career.