The Target - 287 plunks
The current leader, since 1903, is Hall of Fame short stop Hughie "Yeehah" (EE-Yah) Jennings, with 287 hit-by-pitches. There's some great information on the Hall of Fame website, including his plaque and a brief explanation of his really cool nickname. However, it doesn't list his accomplishment of getting hit 287 times, and holding the career record in that stat for over 100 years. Also, his season-by-season stats on mlb.com show that he was hit 51 times in 1896, but mlb.com's list of single season hbp leaders shows Ron Hunt's 50 in 1971 as the single season record. I can only assume that the stats from certain years in the 19th century aren't considered accurate enough to be included with the all time records.
Perhaps the most amazing part of Jennings career mark is that it was done in an age before Ibuprofen (although it may say something for the popular pain killers of the time).
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