The Top 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time Baseball Players

The Top 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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Want to start an argument just start debating the best baseball players of all time! I pretty sure I was arguing with myself. After number one this gets pretty dicey. Do you put more value on hitting than pitching or sluggers versus base hitters. Well here it is. I still enjoy the heck out of this! Thanks, BT


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    Babe Ruth
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    George Herman "Babe" Ruth, Jr. was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1914 to 1935. Nicknamed "The Bambino" and "The Sultan of Swat", he began his career as a stellar left-handed pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, but achieved his greatest fame ...more

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    Ty Cobb
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    Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb, nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," was an American Major League Baseball outfielder. He was born in rural Narrows, Georgia. Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the last six as the team's player-manager, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1936 Cobb ...more

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    Willie Howard Mays, Jr., nicknamed "The Say Hey Kid" is a retired American Major League Baseball center fielder who spent almost all of his 22 season career playing for the New York and San Francisco Giants before finishing with the New York Mets. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, his ...more

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    Ted Williams
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    Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams was an American Major League Baseball left fielder, and later manager. Williams played his entire 19-year major league career for the Boston Red Sox from 1939–1942 and 1946–1960. Nicknamed "The Kid", "The Splendid Splinter", "Teddy Ballgame", "The Thumper" and "The ...more

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    Henry Louis "Lou" or "Buster" Gehrig was an American professional baseball first baseman who played 17 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, a trait which earned him his nickname "The Iron ...more

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    Hank Aaron
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    Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron, nicknamed "Hammer", or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball right fielder. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League and 2 seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League, from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held ...more

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    Stanley Frank Musial, nicknamed "Stan the Man", was an American Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman. He spent 22 seasons playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, from 1941-1945 and 1946-1963. Musial is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most consistent hitters in baseball ...more

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    Walter Johnson
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    Walter Perry Johnson, nicknamed "Barney" and "The Big Train", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Washington Senators. He later served as manager of the Senators from 1929 through 1932 and for the Cleveland Indians from 1933 through ...more

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    Honus Wagner
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    Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner was an American baseball shortstop who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner won eight batting titles, tied for the most in National League history with Tony Gwynn. He also led the league in slugging ...more

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    Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Bonds received seven NL MVP awards and 14 All-Star selections, and is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of ...more

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    Mickey Mantle
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    Mickey Charles Mantle, nicknamed "The Commerce Comet" or "The Mick", was an American Major League Baseball centerfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees for 18 seasons, from 1951 through 1968. Mantle is regarded by many to be the greatest switch hitter of all time, and one of the greatest ...more

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    Rogers Hornsby
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    Rogers Hornsby, Sr., nicknamed "The Rajah", was an American baseball infielder, manager, and coach who played 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. He played for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Browns. Hornsby had 2,930 hits and 301 home runs in his ...more

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    Jimmie Foxx
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    James Emory "Jimmie" Foxx, nicknamed "Double X" and "The Beast", was an American baseball first baseman who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for four different teams. His most productive years were with the Philadelphia Athletics and the Boston Red Sox, where he was a formidable power hitter, ...more

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    Christy Mathewson
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    Christopher "Christy" Mathewson, nicknamed "Big Six", "The Christian Gentleman", "Matty", or "The Gentleman's Hurler" was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who played 17 seasons with the New York Giants. He was among the most dominant pitchers of his era and ranks in the all-time top-10 in ...more

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    Cy Young
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    Denton True "Cy" Young was an American Major League Baseball pitcher. During his 21-year baseball career, he pitched for five different teams. Young established numerous pitching records, some of which have stood for a century. Young compiled 511 wins, which is most in Major League history and 94 ahead ...more

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    Tris Speaker
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    Tristram E. Speaker, nicknamed "The Grey Eagle", was an American baseball player. Considered one of the best offensive and defensive center fielders in the history of Major League Baseball, he compiled a career batting average of .345. His 792 career doubles represent an MLB career record. His 3,514 ...more

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    Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who played his entire 13-year career for the New York Yankees. He is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak, a record that still ...more

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    Michael Jack Schmidt is an American baseball third baseman who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Phillies. Schmidt was a twelve-time All-Star and a three-time winner of the National League Most Valuable Player award, and he was known for his combination of power hitting and ...more

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    Sanford "Sandy" Koufax is a retired American baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, he played his entire Major League Baseball career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966. He retired at the peak of his career, and in 1972 became the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall ...more

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    Johnny Bench
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    Johnny Lee Bench is a former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Bench, a 14-time All-Star selection and a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, was a key member of The Big ...more

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