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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 today and are uncoincidentially among the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated the hits during their respective times in the league 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.

Interestingly enough, many of the best baseball hitters of all time are those who were active in professional baseball many decades ago. Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the most hits ever recorded with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood many valiant attempts to be broken in the years since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone. On that stat, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, Babe Ruth, would rank in the 40s. Ruth however holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base plug slugging stats. Lou Gherig 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 as the best baseball hitters of all time or do we give some love to those current top baseball players, like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, who have surpassed many of these older records? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!
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2,749 921
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

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2
2,391 849
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

3
1,653 869
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

4
1,525 613
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

5
1,222 586
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

6
1,834 665
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

7
1,515 604
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
1,583 676
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

9
1,533 613
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

10
973 470
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
808 459
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

12
1,038 436
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

13
1,225 594
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,097 768
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

15
777 392
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

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16
1,591 767
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

17
1,223 506
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

18
681 345
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

19
1,406 565
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

20
619 359
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

21
622 459
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
380 247
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

23
1,138 702
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

24
708 587
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

25
534 442
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
847 548
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
796 479
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

28
740 444
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

29
305 183
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

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30
328 214
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

31
361 178
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

32
383 209
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

33
301 173
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

34
1,109 558
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

35
572 377
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

36
410 216
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

37
430 294
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

38
543 255
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

39
418 297
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

40
450 229
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

41
409 183
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

42
297 175
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

43
269 155
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

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44
982 700
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

45
209 138
Sam Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
slaft added Sam Thompson Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Wolverines, Detroit Tigers

46
522 428
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

47
373 168
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

48
199 94
Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roger Connor Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

49
676 439
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

50
293 205
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers