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The best hitters in baseball history are those who hold the all-time hitting records in Major League Baseball, change the game as we know it, and are amongst the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated during their respective eras and captivated audiences at the same time. If you were to pick a top hitter for your all-time top baseball fantasy team, you'd be silly not to select these best baseball hitters as soon as possible.

Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the MLB all time hits, with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood the time since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone. On that stat, Babe Ruth, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, would rank in the 40s. Ruth holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base percentage stats. Lou Gehrig is another who'd fall into that category with his major league records for the most grand slams - a figure since topped by a great modern slugger, Alex Rodriguez.

So we're left with a conundrum. Do we deem those great players from yesteryear, like Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Shoeless Joe Jackson the best baseball hitters of all time? Do we give some love to current top baseball players like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!

1
3,686 1,355
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

2
2,893 999
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
2,047 860
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

4
3,860 1,681
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

5
2,328 1,453
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

6
2,501 893
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

7
1,362 692
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

8
2,192 1,126
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

9
917 448
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

10
2,091 1,196
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Mays New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

11
1,542 753
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

12
2,055 1,353
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

13
1,216 576
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

14
859 389
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

15
1,801 936
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

16
1,603 757
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

17
778 335
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

18
1,627 1,455
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

19
1,215 859
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

20
980 596
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

21
1,934 1,006
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

22
1,721 899
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

23
940 685
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

24
1,186 836
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

25
836 588
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

26
1,501 872
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

27
602 373
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

28
526 282
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

29
738 408
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

30
945 833
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

31
571 331
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

32
2,148 1,195
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,429 994
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

34
1,035 663
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

35
633 332
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

36
553 423
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

37
663 391
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

38
1,060 721
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

39
1,414 902
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

40
454 268
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
782 545
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

42
751 426
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

43
533 261
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
704 534
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

45
435 284
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers

46
412 230
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Keeler Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

47
917 583
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

48
573 361
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
404 236
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

50
497 312
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Eddie Mathews Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers