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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
2,503 874
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

2
3,546 1,437
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

3
3,241 1,238
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
2,162 1,191
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,690 789
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
2,064 824
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
1,976 881
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
2,148 859
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

9
1,946 1,042
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

10
1,521 1,165
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

11
1,075 651
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
1,279 680
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

13
1,379 641
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
1,574 821
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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1,088 686
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

16
641 386
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
948 517
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
885 510
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

19
1,835 828
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

20
586 340
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
536 294
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
1,626 781
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
1,127 742
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

24
1,411 758
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
812 655
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

26
534 328
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
880 770
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
711 554
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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2,049 1,095
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
621 382
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
418 256
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

32
1,372 923
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

33
983 600
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
512 381
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

35
429 312
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

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1,005 666
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

37
608 350
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
552 285
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

39
746 512
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
1,331 862
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

41
412 249
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
708 402
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

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625 454
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
496 241
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

45
534 422
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

46
397 256
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers

47
870 549
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

48
1,154 1,040
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

49
650 513
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

50
368 214
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Keeler Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms