September 30, 2002
Barry Bonds was baseball's biggest record-setter this season, in a walk.
The Giants slugger became the oldest player to win a NL batting title, hitting .370. He walked 198 times, shattering the mark of 177 he set last season when he topped the mark of 170, set by Babe Ruth in 1923.
Bonds had a .582 on-base percentage, easily topping the mark of .553 Ted Williams set in 1941.
Even if Bonds had gone 0-for-403 this season instead of 149-for-403, the walks and the nine times he was hit by pitches would have given him a .338 on-base percentage, higher than Yankees leadoff hitter Alfonso Soriano (.332).
Bonds received 68 intentional walks, 23 more than the record set by the Giants' Willie McCovey in 1969.
At 38, Bonds became the oldest first-time batting champion and set the NL record for oldest winner. Honus Wagner was 37 when he hit .334 in 1911. The only major-league batting champion older than Bonds was Williams, 40 when he led the AL at .328 in 1958.