MLB The Best Hitters in Baseball History  

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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 most hits ever recorded 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
2,762 966
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
3,162 1,061
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

3
1,819 1,000
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

4
2,085 734
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

5
1,715 724
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

6
1,360 680
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

7
1,726 671
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
1,818 726
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

9
1,748 665
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

10
1,092 533
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
905 529
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
1,362 652
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

13
1,177 502
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
1,222 932
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

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15
1,438 577
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

16
876 500
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

17
1,821 877
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

18
1,635 613
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

19
755 414
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

20
1,251 761
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

21
680 528
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

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22
669 432
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

23
778 651
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

24
943 623
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

25
573 505
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

26
401 320
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

27
892 546
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

28
853 494
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
1,229 617
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

30
337 243
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

31
657 429
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

32
358 280
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

33
419 272
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

34
384 238
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

35
629 310
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

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36
482 268
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
1,149 751
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

38
460 345
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

39
317 235
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

40
536 283
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

41
445 345
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

42
475 232
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

The Best Closers in Baseball History

43
319 207
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

44
289 188
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

45
569 450
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

46
748 468
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

47
221 168
Sam Thompson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
slaft added Sam Thompson Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Wolverines, Detroit Tigers

48
405 195
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

49
376 149
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

50
658 368
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox