Eddie Murray, the all-time leader in games played as a first baseman.
Eddie Murray, the all-time leader in games played as a first baseman.

Games played (most often abbreviated as G or GP) is a statistic used in team sports to indicate the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity); the statistic is generally applied irrespective of whatever portion of the game is contested. In baseball, the statistic applies also to players who, prior to a game, are included on a starting lineup card or are announced as ex ante substitutes, whether or not they play,[1] although, in Major League Baseball, the application of this statistic does not extend to consecutive games played streaks. A starting pitcher, then, may be credited with a game played even as he is not credited with a game started or an inning pitched.

First base, or 1B, is the first of four stations on a baseball diamond which must be touched in succession by a baserunner in order to score a run for that player's team. A first baseman is the player on the team playing defense who fields the area nearest first base, and is responsible for the majority of plays made at that base.

Eddie Murray[2][3][4] is all-time leader in career games as a first baseman, playing 2,413 games at the position in his career.[5] Only twenty different first baseman played over 2,000 games at first base during their careers.[6]

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career games played. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player (2021 Gs) Number of games played during the 2021 Major League Baseball season.
G as 1B Total career games played as a first baseman.
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bold Denotes active player.[a]

List

Albert Pujols, the active leader in games played as a first baseman and 22nd all-time
Albert Pujols, the active leader in games played as a first baseman and 22nd all-time
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as 1B
1 Eddie Murray * 2,413
2 Jake Beckley * 2,383
3 Fred McGriff 2,239
4 Mickey Vernon 2,237
5 Todd Helton 2,178
6 Mark Grace 2,162
7 Cap Anson * 2,152
8 Rafael Palmeiro 2,139
9 Lou Gehrig * 2,137
10 Charlie Grimm 2,131
11 Jeff Bagwell * 2,111
12 Andrés Galarraga 2,106
13 Joe Judge 2,084
14 Ed Konetchy 2,073
15 Steve Garvey 2,059
16 Joe Kuhel 2,057
17 John Olerud 2,053
18 Willie McCovey * 2,045
19 Keith Hernandez 2,014
20 Jake Daubert 2,002
21 Stuffy McInnis 1,995
22 Albert Pujols (64) 1,992
23 George Sisler * 1,971
24 Chris Chambliss 1,962
25 Norm Cash 1,943
26 Jimmie Foxx * 1,919
27 Wally Joyner 1,913
28 Gil Hodges 1,908
29 Paul Konerko 1,904
30 Derrek Lee 1,901
31 Will Clark 1,889
32 Jim Bottomley * 1,885
33 Tino Martinez 1,869
34 Adrián González 1,836
35 Wally Pipp 1,819
36 Hal Chase 1,815
37 Fred Tenney 1,810
38 Joey Votto (82) 1,806
39 Tony Pérez * 1,778
40 George Scott 1,773
41 Mark Teixeira 1,769
42 Carlos Delgado 1,767
43 Mark McGwire 1,763
44 Roger Connor * 1,759
45 Eric Karros 1,698
46 Orlando Cepeda * 1,683
47 George Burns 1,671
48 Tommy Tucker 1,670
49 Johnny Mize * 1,667
50 J. T. Snow 1,656
Rank Player (2021 Gs) G as 1B
51 Dan Brouthers * 1,636
52 Don Mattingly 1,634
53 Harry Davis 1,628
54 Kent Hrbek 1,609
55 Bill Terry * 1,579
56 Lu Blue 1,571
57 Bill Buckner 1,555
58 Fred Merkle 1,547
59 George McQuinn 1,529
60 Lee May 1,507
61 Joe Adcock 1,501
62 Freddie Freeman (113) 1,493
63 Ted Kluszewski 1,481
64 Boog Powell 1,479
65 John Mayberry 1,478
66 Ryan Howard 1,477
Bill White 1,477
68 Dolph Camilli 1,476
69 Cecil Cooper 1,475
70 Eric Hosmer (95) 1,469
71 Adam LaRoche 1,468
72 Bill Skowron 1,463
73 Frank McCormick 1,448
74 Lyle Overbay 1,435
75 Earl Torgeson 1,416
76 Gus Suhr 1,406
77 James Loney 1,392
78 Paul Goldschmidt (107) 1,388
79 Elbie Fletcher 1,380
80 Carlos Peña 1,379
81 Mike Hargrove 1,378
82 Dan McGann 1,377
Pete O'Brien 1,377
84 Dan Driessen 1,375
85 George Kelly * 1,373
86 Charles Comiskey * 1,363
87 Anthony Rizzo (101) 1,357
88 Fred Luderus 1,326
89 Prince Fielder 1,324
Justin Morneau 1,324
91 Hal Trosky 1,321
92 Jason Thompson 1,314
93 Sean Casey 1,313
Jack Fournier 1,313
95 Jason Giambi 1,307
96 Mo Vaughn 1,305
97 Ed Kranepool 1,304
Vic Power 1,304
99 Kitty Bransfield 1,291
100 Dick Hoblitzell 1,284

Notes

  1. ^ A player is considered inactive if he has announced his retirement or not played for a full season.

References

  1. ^ Section 20 of the official scorer guidelines
  2. ^ "Eddie Murray Career Stats". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  3. ^ "Eddie Murray Hall of Fame Profile". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "Eddie Murray World Series Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Muder, Craig. "Murray's steady play nets him record at first base". National Baseball Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  6. ^ "Career Leaders & Records for Def. Games as 1B". Baseball Reference. Retrieved August 6, 2019.