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A list of the best baseball players to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Whether you're a young kid picking up a glove for the first time or a big league rookie learning the ropes, the ultimate goal and honor any baseball player could receive is seeing his face on a plaque in Cooperstown. Why would he want that? That means he has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame; his achievements on the diamond will be celebrated forever.

The members of the Baseball Hall of Fame are some of the greatest players of all time and some of the true legends of the game. The Hall of Fame opened in 1939 in Cooperstown, NY, the site of the first ever baseball game. Since then, many icons have been enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, Tom Seaver, Willie Mays and Bob Gibson are just a few of the numerous legends who have been inducted and with good reason: they're the among the greatest baseball players ever

In order to get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a finalist needs to receive at least 75 percent of the votes by the baseball writers. If they don't, they are eligible for up to 15 years, depending on if they receive the minimum amount of votes to stay on the ballot. If they don't make the Hall because of the writers, then the Veterans Committee can induct the players later on.

This is the list of the greatest baseball players in the Hall of Fame. Vote or re-rank this list according to who you think is the best player in Cooperstown.
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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)

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+ - 107 21
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Willie Mays age 85

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Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ted Williams Died at 84 (1918-2002)

4
+ - 68 10
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan age 70

5
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Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

6
+ - 108 29
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

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+ - 58 8
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

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+ - 58 9
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux age 50

9
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Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Hank Aaron age 83

10
+ - 89 27
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Honus Wagner Died at 81 (1874-1955)

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Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Stan Musial Died at 93 (1920-2013)

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Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995)

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Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmie Foxx Died at 60 (1907-1967)

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+ - 72 21
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Died at 67 (1896-1963)

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Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente Died at 38 (1934-1972)

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Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946)

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Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cy Young Died at 88 (1867-1955)

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Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Christy Mathewson Died at 45 (1880-1925)

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Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson age 81

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+ - 68 19
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yogi Berra age 91

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Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Joe DiMaggio Died at 85 (1914-1999)

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Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Grover Cleveland Alexander Died at 63 (1887-1950)

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Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tris Speaker Died at 70 (1888-1958)

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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Feller Died at 92 (1918-2010)

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Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

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+ - 57 14
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959)

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Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Steve Carlton age 72

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Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins Died at 64 (1887-1951)

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+ - 58 15
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Johnny Bench age 69

33
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Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks age 86

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Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cap Anson Died at 70 (1852-1922)

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+ - 51 12
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mike Schmidt age 67

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+ - 46 9
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rod Carew age 70

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+ - 49 11
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sandy Koufax age 81

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+ - 49 11
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Brock age 77

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+ - 47 10
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Paul Waner Died at 62 (1903-1965)

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+ - 50 12
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Kaline age 82

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+ - 48 11
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Harmon Killebrew Died at 75 (1936-2011)

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+ - 46 10
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Mathews Died at 70 (1931-2001)

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+ - 47 11
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tom Seaver age 72

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+ - 44 9
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Simmons Died at 54 (1902-1956)

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Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Charlie Gehringer Died at 90 (1903-1993)

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Tim Keefe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tim Keefe Died at 76 (1857-1933)

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Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

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+ - 39 8
Kid Nichols is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Kid Nichols Died at 84 (1869-1953)

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Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame