Thousands of batters have gone a whole season with at least one hitless at-bat. The most plate appearances in a season with no hits is held by pitcher Bob Buhl, who went 0-for-70 in 1962.
The lowest nonzero batting average in a season is .016, held by Brewers left-hander Doug Davis, who went 1-for-64 in 2004.
By a nonpitcher: Yankees' CF Skeeter Shelton went 1-for-40 in 1915 for a .025 batting average.
Lowest Batting average in a season with at least:
100 PA: Dean Chance, P, 1967, Minnesota Twins, .033
200 PA: Frank O'Rourke, 3B, 1912. Boston Braves, .122
300 PA: Bill Bergen, C, 1909, Brooklyn Dodgers, .139
400 PA: Dal Maxvill, SS, 1969, St. Louis Cardinals, .175
500 PA: Rob Deer, RF, 1991, Detroit Tigers, .179
For players that hit at least 20 home runs in a season, the lowest batting average is .179 by Rob Deer of the 1991 Detroit Tigers. Deer hit 25 home runs that season.
NameBatting AverageRankTy Cobb.366 (.36636)1
.366 average by Ty Cobb
Tony Armas of the Red Sox had the lowest batting average for an RBI leader. He had 107 RBIs and a .218 batting average.
Ty Cobb's lowest full season batting average was .324 in 1908. The 21 year old's average was still good enough for his second straight batting title. He also led the league for the second straight time in RBI (108), hits (188), slugging (.475), and OPS (.842). He also led the league in doubles (36) and triples (20).
Stan Musial had a career low of .255 batting average in the 1963 season.
Chipper Jones won the 2008 National League Batting title with a .364 batting average, and Joe Mauerwon the 2008 American League batting title with a .328 batting Average.
Chipper Jones won the 2008 National League Batting title with a .364 batting average, and Joe Mauer won the 2008 American League batting title with a .328 batting Average.
In his second season with the New York Yankees, O'Neill won the American League batting title with a .359 average.
Detroit Tigers outfielder Magglio Ordonez led the American League in batting average in 2007 at .363. The Colorado Rockies's Matt Holliday led the National League at .340.
For the 2007 regular season, the Red Sox team batting average was .279, which was 5th best in the American League.
The AL batting average for the 1919 season was .268 (several points higher if pitchers are excluded) ... The top average in the league that season was .384, achieved by Detroit's Ty Cobb. His teammate, Bobby Veach finished with the second highest average at .355 The NL batting average for 1919 was .258... The top average was .321 by Cincinnati's Edd Roush. Rogers Hornsby of St. Louis finished second in the league at .318
Cal Ripken Jr. - 3,184 career base hits in a 21 season career (1981-2001) with a .276 lifetime batting average, the lowest of any current member of the 3,000 Hit Club.
The 2005 National League batting championship was won by Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs, who posted a .335batting average.