MLB The Best Hitters in Baseball History  

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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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1
3,198 1,085
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

2
2,802 997
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
1,856 1,016
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

4
2,126 739
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

5
1,382 691
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
1,733 756
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

7
1,764 685
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
1,778 673
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
1,839 746
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

10
1,111 555
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
1,257 945
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

12
917 547
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
1,378 672
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,193 522
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
899 512
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

16
1,655 624
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

17
778 422
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

18
1,458 595
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

19
1,837 901
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

20
707 539
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

21
691 442
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

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22
422 323
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
967 627
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

24
1,263 778
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

25
792 661
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

26
1,250 623
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 - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

27
376 287
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

28
408 244
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
578 518
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
862 511
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

31
337 237
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

32
898 563
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

33
428 284
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

34
309 192
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

35
557 287
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

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36
403 151
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

37
495 274
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
658 441
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

39
634 316
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

40
458 350
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

41
339 265
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

42
1,162 766
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

The Best Closers in Baseball History

43
469 357
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

44
1,009 850
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

45
478 246
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

46
325 214
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

47
412 199
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

48
756 478
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

49
572 455
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

50
662 377
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox