The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time People In Sports

The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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The greatest left-handed athletes of all time are some of the greatest men and women to ever play baseball, basketball, football, hockey, tennis and many other sports. These talented athletes dominated their respective sports all while being in a minority, as a left-handed person. These athletes are not by any means all of the left-handed athletes but simply the best of the left-handed sports players ever. But which athlete is best? Tell us which left-handed athlete you think was the best ever by voting, re-ranking and adding your favorites below!

While all sports will see their share of left-handed athletes, the hand orientation will affect some athletes more than others. Being left handed is something you might not notice for hockey players, like Terry Sawchuk and Phil Esposito, basketball players, like Larry Bird and Bill Russell, and soccer players, like the great Pele, who often use both hands--or feet--regularly while playing the sport.

For other sports, it's clear when the athlete plays which hand is the dominant one. Baseball has what might be the highest percentage of left-handed athletes of all major sports and they are easy to spot when one takes the mound or lines up to hit. Babe Ruth is perhaps the best left-handed athlete ever but is joined by many other legendary baseball lefties such as Ty Cobb, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Barry Bonds.

Tennis, boxing and golf are other sports that let left-handed athletes shine. It's easy to spot left-handed tennis players like Monica Seles and John McEnroe, left-handed boxers like Oscar de la Hoya and left-handed golfers like the great Phil Mickelson.

Left-handed people may make up only around 10% of the population but clearly left-handed people are some of the top athletes of all time. We'll never know if Deion Sanders would have seen the success he did had he been right handed or if Rafael Nadal would have ever become the King of Clay as a righty but these talented athletes all persevered through their disadvantages to become legends and we have nothing but respect for them for that. 

Who are some of the greatest left handed athletes? Take a look here and you'll see for yourself.

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List Criteria: List includes all professional and college athletes, all competitive sports, men and women

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    Barry Bonds

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    Wayne Gretzky

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