baseball players The Greatest First Basemen of All Time  

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List Rules Only players who are known primarily as first basemen and not other infield positions

Who are the greatest first basemen of all time? From the incomparable talents of Lou Gehrig to the stunning abilities of modern-era players like Albert Pujols, this list includes some of the best Major League Baseball first basemen, and really, some of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game. Who is your top choice? Be sure to vote, and you can also rerank this list in any order you want. The outstanding first basemen listed here all have similar abilties: They are versatile, incredibly quick and, quite often these days, the first baseman is also a wicked power hitter. Not surprisingly, several of the players on this list could easily be considered among the best hitters in baseball history, too. This list is full of excellent, talented first bag guys with great power numbers. If you're a huge baseball fanatic, you might enjoy these lists of the greatest third basemen of all time, the all-time best shortstops and the greatest pitchers of all time, too.
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+ - 948 117
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Lou Gehrig First baseman

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2
+ - 514 190
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jimmie Foxx First baseman

3
+ - 653 328
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Albert Pujols First baseman

4
+ - 358 165
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Hank Greenberg Outfielder, First baseman

5
+ - 357 187
Willie McCovey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Willie McCovey First baseman

6
+ - 399 241
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

7
+ - 338 174
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Harmon Killebrew Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman

8
+ - 392 203
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Eddie Murray Designated hitter, First baseman

9
+ - 258 29
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Stan Musial Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

10
+ - 294 221
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

11
+ - 319 233
Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jeff Bagwell First baseman

12
+ - 304 103
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Miguel Cabrera Designated hitter, First baseman, Third baseman

13
+ - 356 237
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Don Mattingly Manager, First baseman

14
+ - 211 118
George Sisler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
George Sisler First baseman, Pitcher

15
+ - 276 132
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Rod Carew Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman

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16
+ - 186 113
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Johnny Mize First baseman

17
+ - 233 175
Todd Helton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Todd Helton First baseman

18
+ - 156 107
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Cap Anson First baseman

19
+ - 175 23
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Willie Stargell Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

20
+ - 207 138
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

21
+ - 259 245
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark McGwire First baseman

22
+ - 224 171
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Will Clark First baseman

23
+ - 264 183
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Keith Hernandez First baseman

24
+ - 187 102
Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Orlando Cepeda Designated hitter, First baseman

25
+ - 166 125
Tony Pérez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Tony Pérez First baseman, Third baseman

26
+ - 118 32
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Ernie Banks First baseman, Shortstop

27
+ - 162 86
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Gil Hodges First baseman

28
+ - 181 105
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Steve Garvey First baseman

29
+ - 114 106
Dick Allen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Dick Allen Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

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30
+ - 143 52
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Pete Rose Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

31
+ - 136 104
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
David Ortiz Designated hitter, First baseman

32
+ - 75 102
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Dan Brouthers First baseman

33
+ - 126 74
Boog Powell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Boog Powell First baseman

34
+ - 117 68
Andres Galarraga is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Andres Galarraga

35
+ - 96 88
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Norm Cash First baseman

36
+ - 116 57
Joey Votto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Joey Votto First baseman

37
+ - 81 60
John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
John Olerud First baseman

38
+ - 111 103
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Prince Fielder First baseman

39
+ - 69 58
Ryan Howard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Ryan Howard First baseman

40
+ - 42 38
Jim Bottomley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jim Bottomley First baseman

41
+ - 107 152
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

42
+ - 82 44
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark Grace First baseman

43
+ - 132 119
Mark Teixeira is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark Teixeira First baseman

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44
+ - 20 29
Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Roger Connor First baseman

45
+ - 117 92
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

46
+ - 48 35
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Frank Chance Manager, First baseman

47
+ - 73 24
Paul Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Paul Goldschmidt First baseman

48
+ - 98 93
Justin Morneau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Justin Morneau First baseman - 2006 AL MVP, 2008 homerun derby winner, 2 silver slugger awards, 4 time all-star

49
+ - 79 54
Adrian Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Adrian Gonzalez Right fielder, First baseman

50
+ - 36 17
Bill Terry is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Bill Terry First baseman