left handed 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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Diego Maradona is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Pelé is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Pelé age 75

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
John McEnroe age 56

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Monica Seles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Monica Seles age 42

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

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)

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Wayne Gretzky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Wayne Gretzky age 54

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Bill Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 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) 9 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

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

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Steve Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Steve Young age 54

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Larry Bird is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Larry Bird age 61

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Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Sandy Koufax age 80

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Deion Sanders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Deion Sanders age 48

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Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Joe Frazier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Joe Frazier Died at 67 (1944-2011)

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Rafael Nadal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Rafael Nadal age 29

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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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Randy Johnson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Randy Johnson age 52

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Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Stan Musial Died at 93 (1920-2013)

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

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Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Shoeless Joe Jackson Died at 64 (1887-1951)

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Michael Vick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Michael Vick age 35

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

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

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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

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Marvelous Marvin Hagler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Bill Walton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Bill Walton age 63

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Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Barry Bonds age 51

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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 70

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Phil Esposito is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Phil Esposito age 73

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Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Don Mattingly age 54

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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

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Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Steve Carlton age 71

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Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tim Tebow age 28

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LeBron James is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
LeBron James age 31

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James Harden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
James Harden age 26

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Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Lou Brock age 76

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

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Tom Glavine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tom Glavine age 49

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

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Oscar de la Hoya is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

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Mark Spitz is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Mark Spitz age 65

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Tony Esposito is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Tony Esposito age 72

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Ron Guidry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Ron Guidry age 65

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Carl Hubbell is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time
Carl Hubbell Died at 85 (1903-1988)

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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 43

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