Baltimore Orioles Top 5 All-Time Leaders in Batting Average

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4. Bob Boyd – .301 career batting average

Bob Boyd is actually tied for fourth on our list with his career .301 batting average. Boyd joined the Baltimore Orioles not long after the team came to Baltimore.

Boyd started his career in the Negro Leagues with the Memphis Red Sox before eventually coming to the Major Leagues with the Chicago White Sox. He joined the Baltimore Orioles in 1956 and played for them through 1960.

Boyd was never a power hitter, he was a smaller guy, but he was an excellent hitter and great at getting on base. During his entire career with the Orioles, Boyd only hit below .300 once and was the first Oriole to hit .300 in the 20th century.

His best season was in 1957 when he slashed .318/.388/.408 with four home runs, 73 runs, and 34 RBIs.

Another neat little piece of trivia about Bob Boyd – he turned the very first opening day triple play in the history of the major leagues in 1959 with the Orioles.