MLB The Best Hitters in Baseball History  

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The best hitters in baseball history are those who hold the all-time hitting records in Major League Baseball, change the game as we know it today and are uncoincidentially among the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated the hits during their respective times in the league and captivated audiences at the same time. If you were to pick a top hitter for your all-time top baseball fantasy team, you'd be silly not to select these best baseball hitters as soon as possible.

Interestingly enough, many of the best baseball hitters of all time are those who were active in professional baseball many decades ago. Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the most hits ever recorded with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood many valiant attempts to be broken in the years since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone. On that stat, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, Babe Ruth, would rank in the 40s. Ruth however holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base plug slugging stats. Lou Gherig is another who'd fall into that category with his major league records for the most grand slams, a figure since topped by a great modern slugger, Alex Rodriguez.

So we're left with a conundrum. Do we deem those great players from yesteryear, like Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Shoeless Joe Jackson as the best baseball hitters of all time or do we give some love to those current top baseball players, like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, who have surpassed many of these older records? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!
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1
2,714 909
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

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2
2,357 836
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

3
1,641 858
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

4
1,508 599
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

5
1,214 577
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

6
1,817 658
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

7
1,488 596
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
1,560 671
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

9
968 465
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

10
1,512 612
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

11
805 454
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

12
1,028 432
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

13
1,208 593
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,082 741
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

15
752 387
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

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16
679 321
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

17
1,566 745
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

18
1,194 502
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

19
380 229
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

20
1,374 563
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

21
617 344
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

22
619 444
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

23
1,127 688
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

24
533 426
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

25
700 573
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

26
839 534
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
789 464
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

28
305 164
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

29
328 194
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

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30
360 158
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

31
383 187
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

32
301 150
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

33
718 442
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

34
430 272
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

35
1,080 557
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

36
418 275
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

37
550 375
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

38
388 214
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

39
296 153
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

40
268 134
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

41
519 254
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

42
971 683
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

43
429 225
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

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44
389 181
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

45
208 136
Sam Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
slaft added Sam Thompson Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Wolverines, Detroit Tigers

46
519 428
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

47
371 167
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

48
199 92
Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roger Connor Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

49
670 439
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

50
292 205
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers