Intentional Bases On Balls Records

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball milestones for intentional bases on balls — including most intentional bases on balls in a career, most intentional bases on balls in a single single and most intentional bases on balls in a game records.

"The game has changed. Records are made to be broken, and whatever happens in the future, we should allow it to happen on its own and not question it. We are not machines. We are human beings." - Barry Bonds in Baseball Digest (January 2002)

Intentional Bases On Balls Records
Records Only Kept Since 1955

Career Records

Most
In A Career
(Top 100)

AL

George Brett

Kansas City

229

229

NL

Barry Bonds

Pittsburgh

113

645

San Francisco

532

Intentional Bases On Balls Records
Records Only Kept Since 1955

Single Season Records

Most
In A Season
(Top 100)

AL

John Olerud

Toronto

33

1993

Ted Williams

Boston

1957

NL

Barry Bonds

San Francisco

120

2004

Most
In A Season
By A Lefthander

AL

John Olerud

Toronto

33

1993

Ted Williams

Boston

1956

NL

Barry Bonds

San Francisco

120

2004

Most
In A Season
By A Righthander

AL

Frank Howard

Washington

29

1970

Frank Thomas

Chicago

1995
NL

Sammy Sosa

Chicago

37

2001

Most
In A Season
By A Rookie

AL

Alvin Davis

Seattle

16

1984
NL

Willie Montanez

Philadelphia

14

1971

Most
In A Season
By A Switch-Hitter

AL

Eddie Murray

Baltimore

25

1984
NL

Tim Raines

Montreal

26

1987

Most At Bats
In A Season
No Intentional Walks

AL

Kirby Puckett

Minnesota

691

1985

NL

Jose Reyes

New York

696

2005

Most Seasons
Leading The League

AL

Wade Boggs

Boston

1987

6

Boston

1988

Boston

1989

Boston

1990

Boston

1991

Boston

1992

NL

Barry Bonds

Pittsburgh

1992

10

San Francisco

1993

San Francisco

1994

San Francisco

1995

San Francisco

1996

San Francisco

1997

San Francisco

1998

San Francisco

2002

San Francisco

2003

San Francisco

2004

Most Seasons
Leading The League
Consecutively

AL

Wade Boggs

Boston

1987

6

Boston

1988

Boston

1989

Boston

1990

Boston

1991

Boston

1992

NL

Barry Bonds

Pittsburgh

1992

7

San Francisco

1993

San Francisco

1994

San Francisco

1995

San Francisco

1996

San Francisco

1997

San Francisco

1998

Intentional Bases On Balls Records
Records Only Kept Since 1955

Game Records

Most
In a Game
9 Innings

AL

Too Many To List

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3 --
NL

Barry Bonds

San Francisco

4 05-01-2004

San Francisco

09-22-2004

Most
In a Game
Extra Innings

AL

Roger Maris

New York

4 05-22-1962
12 Innings

Manny Ramirez

Boston

06-05-2001
18 Innings
NL

Andre Dawson

Chicago

5 05-22-1990
16 Innings

Most
In a Game
With Bases Loaded

AL

Nap Lajoie

Philadelphia

1 05-23-1901
NL

Del Bissonette

Brooklyn

1 05-02-1928

Barry Bonds

San Francisco

05-28-1998

Abner Dalrymple

Chicago

08-02-1881

Bill Nicholson

Chicago

07-23-1944
Game 2

Intentional Bases On Balls Records



The career mark & single season mark set by Barry Bonds are, to say the least, in a class by themselves. Will either of these two marks ever be eclipsed or will these go down in history as more examples of unbeatable records? Share your thoughts on Baseball Fever.

If one event in baseball signifies true respect, it has to be an intentional walk with the bases loaded. Bill Deane and Everett Parker recently completed research on the four instances and summarized the events of each game below. In 2007, research Trent McCotter added to this remarkable list with his Dalrymple discovery:

    • Abner Dalrymple, August 2, 1881 - the Bisons were were down 5-0 versus the White Stockings in the eighth inning. The "Chicago Tribune" described the moment with, "In the eighth the bases were filled, and nobody out, on successive hits by (Fred) Goldsmith, (Silver) Flint, and (Joe) Quest, and (Jack) Lynch was so afraid of Dalrymple that he gave him his base on balls and brought Goldsmith in with the gift."
    • Napoleon Lajoie, May 23, 1901 - the Athletics were batting against the White Sox in the top of the ninth inning. They were down, 11-7, but had the bases loaded and none out with Lajoie - on his way to a Triple Crown - up. Manager Clark Griffith inserted himself as relief pitcher and "calmly sent four wide ones across" to deliberately force in a run, bringing future home run champs Socks Seybold and Harry Davis up with the bases still full. Griffith then disposed of Seybold, Davis, and Morgan Murphy on infield grounders, saving the 11-9 win.
    • Del Bissonette, May 2, 1928 - the Giants led the Dodgers, 2-0, in the top of the ninth, but Brooklyn loaded the bases with two out. Giants' manager John McGraw then ordered pitcher Larry Benton to walk Bissonette, in his 16th major league game, purposely ending the shutout. Benton then struck out Harry Riconda to end the game.
    • Bill Nicholson, July 23, 1944 (2nd game) - The Giants led the Cubs, 10-7, in the top of the eighth with the bases loaded, none out, and Nicholson - who had homered four times already that day - at the plate. Giants' manager Mel Ott (who was probably sitting next to McGraw when he ordered it done on May 2, 1928) ordered Ewald Pyle to walk Nicholson, bringing up Dom Dallessandro, Andy Pafko, and Don Johnson. The Cubs tied the game up by the time the inning was over, but New York went on to win, 12-10.
    • Barry Bonds, May 28, 1998 - The Diamondbacks led the Giants, 8-6 in the bottom of the ninth, with two out, the bases loaded, and Barry Bonds up. Arizona manager Buck Showalter ordered Gregg Olson to issue the IBB, putting the tying run on third and the winning run on second. Brent Mayne then lined out to end the game.

Did you know that Rickey Henderson holds the Major League record for most walks in a season (he had one-hundred eighteen with the Oakland Athletics in 1998) without a single intentional bases on balls?