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
2,619 913
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
3,006 1,007
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

3
1,754 931
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

4
1,980 700
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

5
1,636 684
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

6
1,302 638
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
1,635 645
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
1,728 705
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

9
1,648 645
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
1,037 508
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
865 495
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
1,302 628
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

13
1,115 475
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
1,169 871
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
832 466
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

16
1,343 550
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

17
1,722 839
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
1,545 592
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

19
719 396
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
649 507
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

21
1,197 746
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

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22
646 411
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

23
749 629
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
901 597
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

25
391 298
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

26
554 484
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
812 471
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

28
848 526
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
1,174 586
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
344 262
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

31
630 406
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
317 231
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
399 256
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
374 221
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
602 284
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
457 242
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
307 222
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

38
443 336
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
508 261
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

40
1,072 741
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

41
459 213
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

42
431 338
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

The Best Closers in Baseball History

43
306 200
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
276 179
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

45
391 180
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

46
541 442
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

47
214 157
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
716 453
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

49
624 361
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox

50
330 136
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout