8 Most Dominant Power-Hitting Seasons in Baseball History

Chicks dig the long ball. It's true, google it. Everyone loves to see a good dinger be hit out of the ballpark. Feel like reliving the glory days? Here is a list of the 8 Most Dominant Power-Hitting Seasons in Baseball History.

8. Mickey Mantle, 1956

AVG: .353H

R: 52

RBI: 130

SLG%: .705

OPS: 1.169


Mickey Mantle completely dominated the batter's box during the 1956 season, leading in every major batting category. 


This impressive season earned him the AL MVP, AL Triple Crown and a World Series win in 1956.

7. Babe Ruth, 1921

AVG: .378

HR: 59

RBI: 171

SLG%: .846

OPS: 1.359


Babe Ruth is arguably one of the best baseball players of all-time and his 1921 season is just another example. 


In his second season with the New York Yankees, he led the league in home runs, RBIs, SLG% and OPS. More impressive? The stats that followed behind Ruth in those categories were 34 HRs, 129 RBIs, .606 SLG% and 1.051 OPS. Ruth was on a whole other level.

6. Roger Maris, 1961

AVG: .269

HR: 61

RBI: 141

SLG%: .620

OPS: .993


Roger Maris made MLB history, hitting 61 home runs in his famous 1961 season. Maris would go on to win the MVP award, and managed to add 141 RBIs to his tally as well. Maris' 1961 year will go down as one of the all-time greats, and rightly so.

5. Barry Bonds, 2002

AVG: .370

HR: 46

RBI: 110

SLG% .799

OPS: 1.381


Everyone has their differences with Bonds now but at the time everyone wanted to watch him bat. This guy was a hitting machine. While there are many different seasons to consider here, in 2002 due to he won the NL Batting Title, NL MVP and the Hank Aaron Award. His 2002 SLG% is the fifth highest for a single season, while his OPS is the third highest for a single season.

4. Ken Griffey Jr., 1997

AVG: .304

HR: 56

RBI: 147

SLG%: .646

OPS: 1.028


It would not be a list of the most dominant MLB hitting seasons without mentioning Ken Griffey Jr. Griffey led the American League in both home runs and RBIs in the 1997 season. 
His impressive season led him to win the 1997 AL MVP award.

3. Mark McGwire, 1998

AVG: .299

HR: 70

RBI: 147

SLG%: .752

OPS: 1.222


Though controversial, there is no denying Mark McGwire's 1998 season was ridiculous. While his RBIs were only a few behind Sammy Sosa (158), he led the league in home runs and set a then MLB single-season record. 


Some might not count this due to his admittance to steroid use during that season, there is no denying that he gave opposing pitchers nightmares the night before games.

2. Barry Bonds, 2001

AVG: .328

HR: 73

RBI: 137

SLG%: 752

OPS: 1.222


Bonds second appearance on this list is his infamous 2001 season. His 73 homers is still a single-season record that unbeatable to this day.


Bonds impressive play earned in NL MVP honors as well as a Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron award winner.

1. Babe Ruth, 1920

AVG: .376

HR: 54

RBI: 137

SLG%: .632

OPS: 1.382


In his second appearance on this list, Ruth had a ridiculous season in 1920. His 54 home runs led the league and the second highest? George Sisler with only 19. Yup, Babe Ruth was on another level during the 1920s. He also led the league in RBIs, slugging percentage and OPS, while having the fourth highest battling title.


Ruth's SLG% and OPS are each the second highest in a single season. Imagine how Ruth would have played in today's game.