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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1
+ - 922 113
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
+ - 501 182
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jimmie Foxx First baseman

3
+ - 632 318
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Albert Pujols First baseman

4
+ - 346 156
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Hank Greenberg Outfielder, First baseman

5
+ - 389 225
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Frank Thomas Designated hitter, First baseman

6
+ - 347 178
Willie McCovey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Willie McCovey First baseman

7
+ - 330 166
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
+ - 380 192
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Eddie Murray Designated hitter, First baseman

9
+ - 288 200
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jim Thome First baseman

10
+ - 308 219
Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jeff Bagwell First baseman

11
+ - 348 227
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Don Mattingly Manager, First baseman

12
+ - 230 27
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Stan Musial Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

13
+ - 291 98
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Miguel Cabrera Designated hitter, First baseman, Third baseman

14
+ - 200 112
George Sisler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
George Sisler First baseman, Pitcher

15
+ - 263 127
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
+ - 179 110
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Johnny Mize First baseman

17
+ - 224 165
Todd Helton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Todd Helton First baseman

18
+ - 151 101
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Cap Anson First baseman

19
+ - 201 130
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Fred McGriff First baseman

20
+ - 247 231
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark McGwire First baseman

21
+ - 258 173
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Keith Hernandez First baseman

22
+ - 162 21
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Willie Stargell Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

23
+ - 213 165
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Will Clark First baseman

24
+ - 177 99
Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Orlando Cepeda Designated hitter, First baseman

25
+ - 156 122
Tony Pérez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Tony Pérez First baseman, Third baseman

26
+ - 158 82
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Gil Hodges First baseman

27
+ - 107 30
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Ernie Banks First baseman, Shortstop

28
+ - 174 100
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Steve Garvey First baseman

29
+ - 137 47
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
+ - 111 101
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
+ - 130 99
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
David Ortiz Designated hitter, First baseman

32
+ - 73 96
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Dan Brouthers First baseman

33
+ - 93 84
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Norm Cash First baseman

34
+ - 120 71
Boog Powell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Boog Powell First baseman

35
+ - 112 65
Andres Galarraga is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Andres Galarraga

36
+ - 78 55
John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
John Olerud First baseman

37
+ - 113 54
Joey Votto is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Joey Votto First baseman

38
+ - 68 53
Ryan Howard is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Ryan Howard First baseman

39
+ - 106 98
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Prince Fielder First baseman

40
+ - 40 36
Jim Bottomley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Jim Bottomley First baseman

41
+ - 104 148
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Rafael Palmeiro Designated hitter, First baseman

42
+ - 18 27
Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Roger Connor First baseman

43
+ - 130 114
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
+ - 75 42
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Mark Grace First baseman

45
+ - 114 90
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Cecil Fielder Designated hitter, First baseman

46
+ - 45 33
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Frank Chance Manager, First baseman

47
+ - 94 91
Justin Morneau is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
+ - 76 51
Adrian Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Adrian Gonzalez Right fielder, First baseman

49
+ - 64 23
Paul Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Paul Goldschmidt First baseman

50
+ - 57 45
Tino Martinez is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Tino Martinez First baseman