Mark Grace

Mark GraceNo one is supposed to care if you get the most hits in a decade, because it’s an arbitrary span of time, but Grace had the most hits in baseball in the 1990s. He was a throwback hitter, shunning batting gloves and refusing to take days off against tough pitchers. He failed to win a batting title but finished in the top five in the National League four times.

Grace hit in almost any situation: he hit .306 against righthanders and .296 against southpaws; .305 in the first half of the season and .302 in the second half. He was renowned for being effective with the bases loaded, he hit .402 with the bags full for his career.

Grace hit like a demon in the 1989 National League Championship Series against the Giants, producing 11 hits in five game for a .647 and eight RBIs. His barrage included five extra-base hits and he won the MVP despite being on the losing side. Finally, in his 14th season in the big leagues he won a World Series title with Arizona. In that series he hit a home run in Yankee Stadium in Game Four.

Most consecutive multi-hit games, Chicago Cubs

Billy Herman … 12 games (1935-36)
Mark Grace … 9 games (1995-96)
Kiki Cuyler … 9 games (1930)
Rogers Hornsby … 9 games (1929)