Best Five Straight Seasons

Recently, I was asked to create a list of the best five concurrent seasons for hitters and pitchers according to their FanGraphs WAR totals. I decided to make the data available for everyone to use.  I have included the top 20 5-year periods for hitters and pitchers. Additionally, here is a link to the all-time top 500 seasons.

Hitters

Name 5 Year Total Start Season Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5
Babe Ruth 61.1 1920 13.3 13.9 6.5 15.0 12.5
Babe Ruth 57.9 1919 9.4 13.3 13.9 6.5 15.0
Babe Ruth 56.1 1923 15.0 12.5 3.6 12.0 13.0
Barry Bonds 54.3 2000 7.6 12.5 12.4 10.1 11.7
Babe Ruth 53.9 1926 12.0 13.0 10.6 7.8 10.5
Babe Ruth 52.6 1927 13.0 10.6 7.8 10.5 10.7
Rogers Hornsby 52.2 1921 11.2 10.6 7.1 12.5 10.8
Babe Ruth 51.7 1924 12.5 3.6 12.0 13.0 10.6
Babe Ruth 51.3 1921 13.9 6.5 15.0 12.5 3.6
Honus Wagner 51.1 1905 10.8 9.6 9.2 11.8 9.7
Rogers Hornsby 51.1 1920 9.8 11.2 10.6 7.1 12.5
Honus Wagner 50.4 1904 9.0 10.8 9.6 9.2 11.8
Willie Mays 50.0 1962 10.5 9.8 10.5 10.7 8.5
Willie Mays 49.8 1961 8.3 10.5 9.8 10.5 10.7
Babe Ruth 49.5 1922 6.5 15.0 12.5 3.6 12.0
Babe Ruth 48.3 1928 10.6 7.8 10.5 10.7 8.7
Mickey Mantle 48.2 1954 6.7 9.8 11.5 11.4 8.8
Lou Gehrig 48.2 1927 12.5 9.7 7.3 9.6 9.2
Babe Ruth 48.2 1918 5.2 9.4 13.3 13.9 6.5
Mickey Mantle 48.1 1955 9.8 11.5 11.4 8.8 6.6

Pitchers

Name 5 Year Total Start Season Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5
Sandy Koufax 43.5 1962 6.2 9.8 6.8 10.7 10.0
Walter Johnson 43.4 1912 9.6 8.5 7.3 8.8 9.2
Pedro Martinez 43.2 1999 11.9 9.9 5.8 7.8 7.8
Bob Gibson 43.1 1968 9.5 9.8 10.9 5.7 7.2
Fergie Jenkins 42.8 1968 7.2 9.1 10.5 10.4 5.7
Walter Johnson 42.7 1910 10.0 7.4 9.6 8.5 7.3
Pedro Martinez 42.6 1997 8.6 6.4 11.9 9.9 5.8
Fergie Jenkins 42.4 1967 5.3 7.2 9.1 10.5 10.4
Roger Clemens 42.0 1987 9.0 9.7 5.8 8.5 9.1
Pedro Martinez 42.0 1996 5.1 8.6 6.4 11.9 9.9
Pedro Martinez 41.9 1998 6.4 11.9 9.9 5.8 7.8
Bob Gibson 41.8 1966 6.8 4.8 9.5 9.8 10.9
Walter Johnson 41.6 1911 7.4 9.6 8.5 7.3 8.8
Roger Clemens 41.1 1988 9.7 5.8 8.5 9.1 8.1
Bob Gibson 40.7 1967 4.8 9.5 9.8 10.9 5.7
Roger Clemens 40.7 1986 7.8 9.0 9.7 5.8 8.5
Walter Johnson 40.4 1913 8.5 7.3 8.8 9.2 6.6
Pete Alexander 40.4 1913 5.7 7.2 9.5 8.0 9.9
Sandy Koufax 40.1 1961 6.6 6.2 9.8 6.8 10.7
Randy Johnson 40.0 1999 9.6 9.5 10.4 8.0 2.4

I don’t have much to say about the lists, but someone may find them useful for point or story they are working on.

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