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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 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 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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1
3,440 1,304
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

2
3,082 1,161
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
2,375 820
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

4
2,055 1,131
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,571 761
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
1,985 769
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

7
1,916 812
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
1,878 941
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

9
2,025 833
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

10
1,426 1,091
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

11
1,217 641
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

12
1,020 610
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

13
1,507 762
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,308 600
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

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15
900 466
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

16
1,022 630
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

17
1,776 751
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

18
557 365
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

19
815 488
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

20
1,076 705
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

21
505 321
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

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22
1,563 729
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
791 605
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

24
470 272
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

25
1,995 1,025
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

26
500 297
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

27
1,333 734
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

28
840 748
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

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29
666 542
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

30
402 224
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

31
1,341 879
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

32
498 344
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
560 372
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

34
969 637
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

35
927 582
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

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36
569 332
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
1,294 824
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

38
610 414
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

39
389 301
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

40
706 500
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

41
392 233
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

42
523 388
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

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43
673 385
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

44
487 265
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

45
473 229
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

46
1,117 985
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

47
271 187
Sam Thompson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
slaft added Sam Thompson Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Wolverines, Detroit Tigers

48
829 534
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

49
348 206
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

50
627 496
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers