Tris Speaker, the all-time leader in career assists by an outfielder.
Tris Speaker, the all-time leader in career assists by an outfielder.

In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being one of the few sports in which the defensive team controls the ball. An assist is credited to every defensive player who fields or touches the ball (after it has been hit by the batter) before the recording of a putout, even if the contact was unintentional. For example, if a ball strikes a player's leg and bounces off him to another fielder, who tags the baserunner, the first player is credited with an assist. A fielder can receive a maximum of one assist per out recorded. An assist is also credited if a putout would have occurred, had another fielder not committed an error. For example, a shortstop might field a ground ball cleanly, but the first baseman might drop his throw. In this case, an error would be charged to the first baseman, and the shortstop would be credited with an assist.

An outfielder is a person playing in one of the three defensive positions in baseball, farthest from the batter. These defenders are the left fielder, the center fielder, and the right fielder. An outfielder's duty is to try to catch long fly balls before they hit the ground or to quickly catch or retrieve and return to the infield any other balls entering the outfield. Outfielders normally play behind the six other members of the defense who play in or near the infield. By convention, each of the nine defensive positions in baseball is numbered. The outfield positions are 7 (left field), 8 (center field), and 9 (right field). These numbers are shorthand designations useful in baseball scorekeeping and are not necessarily the same as the squad numbers worn on player uniforms.

Tris Speaker[1][2][3] is the all-time leader in career assists as an outfielder with 449. Speaker is the only outfielder with more than 400 career assists.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career assists. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player Name of player.
A Total career assists.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.

List

Ty Cobb, 2nd all-time in assists by an outfielder.
Ty Cobb, 2nd all-time in assists by an outfielder.
Rank Player A as OF
1 Tris Speaker * 449
2 Ty Cobb * 392
3 Jimmy Ryan 375
4 Tom Brown 349
George Van Haltren 349
6 Harry Hooper * 344
7 Max Carey * 339
8 Jimmy Sheckard 307
9 Clyde Milan 294
10 Orator Shafer 290
11 King Kelly * 285
12 Sam Thompson * 283
13 Sam Rice * 278
14 Dummy Hoy 274
15 Jesse Burkett * 270
16 Sam Crawford * 268
17 Roberto Clemente * 266
Tommy McCarthy * 266
19 Patsy Donovan 265
20 Willie Keeler * 258
21 Mel Ott * 256
22 Fred Clarke * 254
23 George Gore 243
Mike Griffin 243
25 Hugh Duffy * 241
Paul Waner * 241
27 Ed Delahanty * 238
28 Paul Hines 237
29 Zack Wheat * 232
30 Jim O'Rourke * 228
Chicken Wolf 228
32 Hugh Nicol 226
Cy Williams 226
34 Fielder Jones 225
35 Pop Corkhill 224
36 Dode Paskert 223
37 Edd Roush * 222
38 Goose Goslin * 221
Tillie Walker 221
40 Paul Radford 217
41 Joe Kelley * 212
42 Duffy Lewis 210
43 Steve Brodie 209
Ned Hanlon * 209
45 Bob Johnson 208
46 Bobby Veach 207
Curt Welch 207
48 Babe Ruth * 204
49 George Wood 203
50 Jack Tobin 202
Rank Player A as OF
51 Hank Aaron * 201
John Titus 201
53 George Burns 197
Elmer Flick * 197
Kip Selbach 197
56 Charlie Jamieson 196
Willie Mays * 196
58 Carl Yastrzemski * 195
59 Chuck Klein * 194
Frank Schulte 194
61 Kiki Cuyler * 191
Ross Youngs * 191
63 Tommy Griffith 189
64 Cy Seymour 188
Roy Thomas 188
66 Harry Heilmann * 183
Shoeless Joe Jackson 183
68 Billy Hamilton * 182
69 Max Flack 181
70 Mike Mitchell 180
71 Richie Ashburn * 178
72 Shano Collins 177
Chief Wilson 177
74 Gavvy Cravath 176
Joe Hornung 176
Nemo Leibold 176
Sherry Magee 176
Red Murray 176
79 Johnny Callison 175
80 Emmett Seery 174
81 Barry Bonds 173
Les Mann 173
Burt Shotton 173
84 Doc Cramer 172
Dick Johnston 172
Vada Pinson 172
87 Jim Fogarty 171
88 Al Kaline * 170
89 Al Simmons * 169
90 Jimmy Slagle 168
91 Ginger Beaumont 167
Ken Williams 167
93 Dave Winfield * 166
94 Rusty Staub 165
Harry Stovey 165
96 Pete Hotaling 163
Charley Jones 163
98 Jesse Barfield 162
Johnny Bates 162
Chick Stahl 162

References

  1. ^ "Tris Speaker Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  2. ^ Jensen, Don. "Tris Speaker Bio". Society For American Baseball Research. Retrieved June 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "Tris Speaker Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 1, 2021.