Worst Career Batting Averages

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There have been many bad hitters in MLB history. Here are four lists that document the worst. The first list requires 1000 at bats and is populated by non-pitchers.

Name / At Bats / Hits / BA

Bill Bergen         3028   516   0.170 
Charlie Bastian   1806   342  0.189 
Mike Ryan         1920   370  0.193 
Jim Mason         1584   322  0.203 
George Myers     1578   321  0.203 
Sam Agnew        1537   314  0.204 
Barney Gilligan  1873   388   0.207 
John Henry       1920   397    0.207 
Jimmy Macullar   1541   319  0.207 
Bill Holbert      2335   486     0.208 
Steve Jeltz        1749   367   0.210 
Jerry Kindall      2057   439   0.213 
Red Kleinow       1665   354  0.213 
Billy Sullivan    3647   777    0.213 
Lena Blackburne  807   387  0.214 
Doc Bushong      2397   514  0.214 
Dave Duncan      2885   617  0.214 
George Creamer  1862   400  0.215 
Phil Roof           2151   463   0.215 
Bobby Wine       3172   682  0.215

This list lowers the requirement to 100 career at bats.

Name / At Bats / Hits / BA

Joe Neale            105    9     0.086 
Mike Jordan         125   12   0.096 
Scotty Barr          107   12    0.112 
Rivington Bisland  102   12   0.118 
Gene Corbett        108   13   0.120 
John Riddle          122   15   0.123 
John Hanna          143   18   0.126 
Eddie Tucker        103   13   0.126 
Frank Cox           102   13   0.127 
Walt Kinzie         144   19   0.132 
Al Pardo             129   17   0.132 
Henry Mullin        128   17   0.133 
John Butler          119   16   0.134 
Dick Smith          186   25   0.134 
Harry Buker         111   15   0.135 
John Felske         104   14   0.135 
Jorge Roque         139   19   0.137 
Bill Jackson        123   17   0.138 
John Tilley          138   19   0.138 
Joe Miller            108   15   0.139 

This list includes pitchers.

Name / At Bats / Hits / BA

 Ron Herbel        206     6    0.029 
 Frank Gilmore    163     7   0.043 
 Ed Klepfer         125    6    0.048 
 Andy McGaffigan  126   6   0.048 
 Bill Butler          117     6   0.051 
 Taylor Phillips     113     6   0.053 
 Bill Trotter         109     6   0.055 
 Don Carman      209    12  0.057 
 Mark Clark        242    14  0.058 
 Don Johnson      155     9  0.058 
 Buster Narum     118     7  0.059 
 Luke Walker      188    11  0.059 
 Ted Kennedy      117     7  0.060 
 Ryne Duren        114     7  0.061 
 Marv Breuer       157    10  0.064 
 Rip Hagerman     123     8  0.065 
 Gus Shallix        123     8   0.065 
 Dean Chance      662    44  0.066 
 Joe Engel           104      7  0.067 
 Mark Grant         104      7  0.067 

Worst Non-Hitters

Here are the players with the most at bats in a season without a hit.

Name / At Bats / Hits / BA

 Bob Buhl              1962   70     0 
 Bill Wight             1950   61     0 
 Ron Herbel            1964  47     0 
 Karl Drews            1949  46     0 
 Ernie Koob            1916  41     0 
 Randy Tate            1975  41     0 
 Joey Hamilton         1994  40    0 
 Ed Rakow              1964  39     0 
 Darryl Kile             1991   38     0 
 Harry Parker          1974  36     0 
 Hal Finney            1936  35      0 
 Steve Stone           1971  34     0 
 Ed Lynch               1982  33     0 
 Vicente Palacios    1994  33     0 
 Russ Kemmerer     1960  33     0 
 Miguel Batista       1998  32      0 
 Ellis Kinder            1952  32     0 
 Luke Walker          1969  32     0 
 Bob Miller             1969  31      0 
 Don Carman           1986  31    0 

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