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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, such as Terry Sawchuk and Phil Esposito, basketball players, like Larry Bird and Bill Russell, or soccer players, like the great Pele, who often use both hands – or feet – regularly while playing the sport.

For other sports, it's clearer when athletes use their dominant hands. 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 allow southpaws shine. It's easy to spot left-handed tennis players like Monica Seles and John McEnroe, boxers like Oscar de la Hoya, and golfers like the great Phil Mickelson.

Left-handed people may make up only around 10% of the population but they're 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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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Larry Bird age 61

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)

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Martina Navratilova is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Monica Seles age 44

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Wayne Gretzky age 56

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Bill Russell age 83

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Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Pelé age 77

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Steve Young age 56

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
John McEnroe age 58

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Deion Sanders age 50

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
LeBron James age 31

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Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Sandy Koufax age 82

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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Mark Spitz age 67

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Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Joe Frazier Died at 67 (1944-2011)

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Randy Johnson age 54

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
James Harden age 28

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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Bill Walton age 65

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Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Stan Musial Died at 93 (1920-2013)

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Manu Ginóbili is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Rafael Nadal age 31

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Shoeless Joe Jackson Died at 64 (1887-1951)

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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Barry Bonds age 53

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Michael Vick age 37

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Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Ken Stabler age 72

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Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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Phil Esposito is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Phil Esposito age 75

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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tim Tebow age 30

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Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Gale Sayers age 74

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Nate Archibald is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Don Mattingly age 54

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Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Steve Carlton age 73

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Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Lou Brock age 78

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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tom Glavine age 49

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Fernando Valenzuela is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

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Rod Laver is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Rod Laver age 79

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Andy Pettitte is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Andy Pettitte age 45

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Tony Esposito is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tony Esposito age 74