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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
3,316 1,164
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

2
2,922 1,070
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
2,222 769
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

4
1,932 1,069
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,443 730
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
1,836 721
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

7
1,802 828
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

8
1,872 710
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
1,899 788
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

10
1,335 1,006
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

11
1,146 599
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

12
951 577
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
1,425 703
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,229 544
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
951 557
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

16
1,714 659
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

17
823 443
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
1,498 645
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
733 465
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

20
466 345
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

21
1,012 651
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

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22
732 565
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

23
1,896 949
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

24
820 687
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

25
416 305
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

26
1,272 669
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
379 256
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

28
1,295 810
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

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29
432 269
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

30
351 206
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

31
596 534
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

32
448 307
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
923 583
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

34
588 322
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

35
875 535
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
487 359
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

37
511 298
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
652 341
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

39
670 463
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
431 189
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

41
1,215 788
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

42
358 279
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

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43
488 372
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
1,062 886
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

45
343 226
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

46
434 207
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

47
486 273
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

48
592 462
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

49
770 505
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

50
678 396
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox