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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!

list ordered by

1
4,028 1,426
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

2
2,321 936
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

3
3,199 1,057
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

4
4,079 1,852
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
2,785 930
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

6
2,402 1,693
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

7
1,614 732
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

8
1,157 486
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

9
1,096 414
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

10
1,758 822
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
1,457 614
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
1,822 804
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

13
2,214 1,489
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

14
2,015 1,001
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

15
966 393
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

16
2,278 1,365
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

17
2,174 1,414
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

18
1,105 663
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

19
1,307 978
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

20
1,685 1,662
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

21
1,086 720
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
992 608
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

23
663 315
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

24
1,989 1,148
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

25
851 430
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

26
1,237 941
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
1,779 1,043
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

28
669 411
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

29
981 875
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

30
1,545 965
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

31
617 343
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

32
2,241 1,225
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,476 1,022
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

34
1,070 691
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

35
586 453
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

36
687 423
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

37
1,102 748
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

38
675 375
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

39
1,469 922
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

40
478 278
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
797 565
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

42
771 441
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

43
558 266
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
730 541
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

45
448 294
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
946 597
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

47
421 242
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

48
588 374
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
520 315
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

50
414 245
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers