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Leaderboarding: The Ben Revere Club

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

More: Revere homers for first time in 1,566th plate appearance

One of the stories making the rounds Wednesday morning has been the first career homer off the bat of Phillies center fielder Ben Revere. Here it is, for those interested:

Good to see him finally cracking a smile once he crossed home plate. That's pretty cool.

Anyway, let's go to the Leaderboarding machine here for some fun with numbers and history.

There are 19 players in MLB history with more at-bats than Revere (1,467) and either one or zero career homers. Here they are, sorted by most at-bats.

The Ben Revere Club
NameYearsAt-batsHR
Duane Kuiper1974-853,3791
Emil Verban1944-502,9111
Johnny Bassler1913-272,3191
Floyd Baker1943-552,2801
Jack McCarthy1901-072,2330
Woody Woodward1963-712,1871
Freddie Maguire1922-312,1201
Joe Gedeon1913-202,1091
Al Newman1985-922,1071
Ed Hahn1905-102,0451
Tom Oliver1930-331,9310
Irv Hall1943-461,9040
Jimmy Burke1901-051,9031
Patsy Donovan1901-071,9011
John Sullivan1942-491,8331
Walter Barbare1914-221,7771
Fritz Mollwitz1913-191,7401
Johnny Peacock1937-451,7341
Jack Warner1925-331,5461

Reference: Baseball-reference.com play index

How about the active players -- including those players still hanging on in the minors but excluding pitchers -- with at least 200 MLB at-bats and no more than one homer? Revere tops the list here in at-bats by more than double. Each of these players has exactly one career homer, so we'll just list the player name and number of at-bats:

1. Revere, 1467
2. Emmanuel Burriss, 720
3. Tony Campana, 413
4. Jerry Owens, 393
5. Munenori Kawasaki, 356
6. Joe Thurston, 337
7. Steve Clevenger, 300
8. Henry Mateo, 257
9. Andrew Romine, 252
10. Elian Herrera, 243

Off the top of my head, I know at least Campana's was an inside-the-park job, too.

The active position player with zero homers and the most at-bats is Brock Holt, with 188. Kolten Wong is second at 166 (BBRef)

This should all put in perspective just how long Revere's drought was and how special that home run Tuesday night had to have been to him.

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