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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+ - 944 116
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
+ - 512 190
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jimmie Foxx First baseman

3
+ - 650 327
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Albert Pujols First baseman

4
+ - 355 165
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Hank Greenberg Outfielder, First baseman

5
+ - 357 185
Willie McCovey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Willie McCovey First baseman

6
+ - 398 239
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

7
+ - 337 173
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
+ - 390 202
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Eddie Murray Designated hitter, First baseman

9
+ - 256 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
+ - 292 218
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

11
+ - 318 231
Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jeff Bagwell First baseman

12
+ - 302 102
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
+ - 210 117
George Sisler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
George Sisler First baseman, Pitcher

14
+ - 352 235
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Don Mattingly Manager, First baseman

15
+ - 275 131
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
+ - 185 113
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Johnny Mize First baseman

17
+ - 232 172
Todd Helton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Todd Helton First baseman

18
+ - 155 106
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Cap Anson First baseman

19
+ - 173 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
+ - 207 137
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

21
+ - 258 242
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark McGwire First baseman

22
+ - 223 169
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Will Clark First baseman

23
+ - 263 180
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Keith Hernandez First baseman

24
+ - 187 100
Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Orlando Cepeda Designated hitter, First baseman

25
+ - 164 123
Tony Pérez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Tony Pérez First baseman, Third baseman

26
+ - 117 31
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Ernie Banks First baseman, Shortstop

27
+ - 162 84
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Gil Hodges First baseman

28
+ - 179 104
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Steve Garvey First baseman

29
+ - 142 50
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Pete Rose Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

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30
+ - 113 104
Dick Allen is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Dick Allen Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

31
+ - 136 102
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
David Ortiz Designated hitter, First baseman

32
+ - 75 100
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Dan Brouthers First baseman

33
+ - 125 72
Boog Powell is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Boog Powell First baseman

34
+ - 116 67
Andres Galarraga is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Andres Galarraga

35
+ - 96 86
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Norm Cash First baseman

36
+ - 115 56
Joey Votto is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Joey Votto First baseman

37
+ - 81 58
John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
John Olerud First baseman

38
+ - 69 56
Ryan Howard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Ryan Howard First baseman

39
+ - 110 103
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Prince Fielder First baseman

40
+ - 42 37
Jim Bottomley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jim Bottomley First baseman

41
+ - 82 42
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark Grace First baseman

42
+ - 107 151
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

43
+ - 20 28
Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Roger Connor First baseman

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44
+ - 132 118
Mark Teixeira is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark Teixeira First baseman

45
+ - 116 91
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 34
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Frank Chance Manager, First baseman

47
+ - 72 24
Paul Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Paul Goldschmidt First baseman

48
+ - 98 92
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
+ - 36 16
Bill Terry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Bill Terry First baseman

50
+ - 79 53
Adrian Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Adrian Gonzalez Right fielder, First baseman