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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!

1
3,449 1,317
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

2
2,687 956
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
3,731 1,564
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

4
1,844 823
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

5
2,264 1,298
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

6
2,307 877
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

7
2,142 954
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

8
2,046 1,012
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Mays New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

9
2,009 1,172
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

10
1,173 675
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

11
1,388 712
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

12
750 419
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

13
1,690 865
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,493 686
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
1,592 1,288
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

16
1,058 544
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

17
692 362
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

18
1,154 784
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

19
639 313
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

20
925 570
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

21
1,897 929
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

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22
1,677 846
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
1,165 783
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

24
1,465 810
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

25
861 673
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

26
761 575
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

27
569 354
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

28
914 804
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

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
685 400
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

30
475 272
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

31
2,100 1,159
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

32
506 325
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

33
1,017 643
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
1,403 976
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

35
539 405
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
647 377
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
607 307
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

38
1,035 705
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

39
1,373 884
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

40
765 533
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
431 260
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
735 420
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

The Best Closers in Baseball History

43
523 253
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
690 523
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

45
421 277
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers

46
904 569
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

47
394 225
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Keeler Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

48
640 504
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
544 454
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

50
386 230
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers