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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, 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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    Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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    Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)

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    Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Wayne Gretzky age 54

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    Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

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


    Bill Russell age 81

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    Pelé is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Pelé age 75

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    Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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    Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Joe Frazier Died at 67 (1944-2011)

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    Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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    Manny Pacquiáo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Manny Pacquiáo age 37

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    Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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    Ken Griffey, Jr. age 46

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    Phil Mickelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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    Phil Mickelson age 45

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    Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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    Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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

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    Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Rickey Henderson age 57

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    Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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    Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Marvelous Marvin Hagler age 61

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    Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

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


    Manu Ginóbili age 38

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


    Phil Esposito age 73

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    Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

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    Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Monica Seles age 42

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


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    Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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    Ken Stabler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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    Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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    Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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    Jimmy Connors is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


    Jimmy Connors age 63

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


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    James Harden is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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    James Harden age 26

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    LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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    Cam Neely is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time


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