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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
3,415 1,266
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

2
3,043 1,142
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
2,335 806
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

4
2,022 1,111
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,534 752
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
1,899 786
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

7
1,959 752
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
1,860 911
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

9
1,988 824
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

10
1,401 1,072
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

11
999 597
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
1,194 635
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

13
1,484 750
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,285 585
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
1,006 611
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

16
877 461
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
1,765 725
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

18
532 362
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

19
790 482
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

20
1,063 686
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

21
1,549 709
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

22
772 593
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

23
482 318
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

24
444 268
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

25
1,972 1,003
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

26
483 286
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
1,316 720
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

28
834 737
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 New York Yankees of All Time

29
650 540
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
385 220
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

31
1,330 860
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

32
484 332
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
920 566
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
958 626
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

35
533 371
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

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36
554 326
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
607 394
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

38
1,277 817
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

39
380 292
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

40
693 490
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
672 370
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

42
382 232
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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43
513 385
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
464 221
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

45
1,107 965
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

46
466 254
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

47
818 530
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

48
264 186
Sam Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
slaft added Sam Thompson Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Wolverines, Detroit Tigers

49
622 487
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

50
340 204
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers