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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!

1
3,565 1,450
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

2
2,521 889
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
3,262 1,249
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

4
2,177 1,198
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,701 795
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
2,074 830
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
1,983 889
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
2,163 863
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

9
1,950 1,052
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

10
1,535 1,173
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

11
1,077 655
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
1,282 687
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

13
1,382 650
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

14
1,580 829
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

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15
1,096 690
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

16
648 391
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

17
954 519
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
887 513
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

19
1,844 836
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

20
592 342
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

21
544 295
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

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22
1,634 788
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
1,129 748
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

24
1,421 761
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

25
816 655
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

26
536 329
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
884 770
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

28
714 555
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

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29
2,059 1,102
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

30
629 384
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

31
419 259
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

32
1,376 931
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

33
991 605
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

34
438 313
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

35
514 383
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

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36
1,008 673
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

37
620 353
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
557 288
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

39
751 514
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

40
1,339 864
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

41
714 403
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

42
412 251
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

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632 460
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

44
503 243
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

45
403 257
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers

46
876 550
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

47
534 430
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

48
653 513
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

49
372 214
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Keeler Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

50
1,158 1,048
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates