Pinstriped Titans: Five Yankees legends atop the RBI summit

Yankees legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson, and Alex Rodriguez lead the team in total RBIs.
John Allen
Wednesday May 15, 2024

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In the illustrious history of the New York Yankees, few achievements are as hallowed as holding a place among the franchise’s elite run producers. The pinstripes have been adorned by some of baseball’s most feared hitters and clutch performers, capable of changing the course of a game with one thunderous swing.

From Babe Ruth, who revolutionized the game with his jaw-dropping offensive outbursts, to the modern-day heroics of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have never lacked for dominating run-batters. Whether driving in runs by the handful with majestic blasts over the walls or lacing clutch singles through the infield, they have left historical imprints.

To rank among this esteemed group is to hold a permanent place of reverence in Yankees lore and the hearts of generations of fans. Get ready to relive the heroics, the legendary performances, and the sheer run production mastery of five all-time Yankees RBI greats.

Here’s a tribute to some legendary hitters who have etched their names in the annals of history with over 1,700 RBIs in their illustrious major league careers:

MLB’s first legend: Babe Ruth (2,214 RBI)

1919 New York Yankees Babe Ruth

Few names resonate in baseball quite like Babe Ruth. His inclusion on this list is a testament to his mythical status. Throughout his 22-year journey, Ruth was an offensive juggernaut, driving in over 100 runs a remarkable 13 times. He dominated the home run race, leading the league an astonishing 12 times. His dominance is further cemented by his enduring MLB records for Slugging Percentage (SLG%), On-Base Plus Slugging (OPS), and Adjusted On-Base Plus Slugging (OPS+).

Yankees enigma: Alex Rodriguez (2,086 RBI)

Alex Rodriguez playing for the New York Yankees
Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Nicknamed “A-Rod,” Alex Rodriguez carved out a reputation as an elite run producer during his 22-year career that spanned Seattle, Texas, and New York. With a staggering 2,086 RBI, A-Rod ranks fourth all-time amongst run producers. He consistently struck fear in opposing pitchers, surpassing the 100-RBI mark an impressive 14 times and twice leading the league in this coveted category.

Lou Gehrig (1,995 RBI)

Lou Gehrig

While Lou Gehrig‘s name is now sadly linked to the debilitating disease ALS, his on-field dominance should never be forgotten. Over his 17 seasons, Gehrig was a hitting machine, boasting a phenomenal slash line of .340/.447/.632. He also launched a staggering 493 career home runs. But most relevant to this list, Gehrig drove in a remarkable 1,995 runs. His consistency at the plate was undeniable, evidenced by his streak of 13 consecutive seasons with over 100 RBIs. This production played a pivotal role in the Yankees’ seven World Series triumphs during his tenure.

Dave Winfield (1,833 RBI)


Right-handed slugger Dave Winfield tormented pitchers for a remarkable 22 seasons. At one juncture, he was considered one of the most feared power hitters in the game. A 12-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Winfield was a consistent run producer for all six of the major league teams he represented. His power is evident in his eight seasons with over 100 RBIs, and he finished his career with a stellar 1,833 RBI.

Reggie Jackson (1,702 RBIs)


While Reggie Jackson may have earned the unwanted distinction of being MLB’s all-time leader in strikeouts, the prodigious slugger more than made up for it with his prolific power and run production. Over his 21-year big league career, the Abington, Pennsylvania, native put together a formidable slash line of .262/.356/.490, launching 563 home runs, racking up 463 doubles, and swiping 228 bases.

Jackson’s monumental offensive exploits earned him the 1973 American League MVP award, and he drove in over 100 runs in six different campaigns. His 1,702 career RBIs cement his place among baseball’s elite run-producing forces, a feat accomplished by just 26 other players in the majors’ illustrious history. While the strikeout totals piled up, so too did Jackson’s gaudy numbers, solidifying his status as one of the game’s most formidable and impactful sluggers.

Who amongst these is your favorite Yankees star? Leave your comment below.

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