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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, and are amongst the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated during their respective eras 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.

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 the time since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone. On that stat, Babe Ruth, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, would rank in the 40s. Ruth holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base percentage stats. Lou Gehrig 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 the best baseball hitters of all time? Do we give some love to current top baseball players like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!

list ordered by

1
4,147 1,440
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

2
3,301 1,075
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
2,408 964
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

4
4,146 1,927
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
2,885 939
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

6
2,428 1,772
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

7
1,700 741
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

8
1,178 426
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

9
1,200 541
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

10
1,853 830
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
1,544 623
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
1,912 816
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

13
1,037 406
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

14
2,089 1,022
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

15
2,272 1,534
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

16
2,306 1,440
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

17
2,203 1,486
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

18
1,170 677
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

19
1,701 1,740
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

20
1,330 1,044
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

21
1,151 723
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
1,055 613
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

23
721 321
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

24
912 435
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

25
2,011 1,212
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

26
719 424
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

27
1,249 995
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

28
1,804 1,095
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

29
998 902
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

30
1,559 999
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

31
650 350
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

32
2,274 1,244
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,495 1,042
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

34
1,088 704
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

35
611 459
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

36
1,130 752
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

37
698 436
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

38
689 393
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

39
1,481 935
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

40
486 283
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
808 573
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

42
778 450
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

43
567 272
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
739 546
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

45
450 298
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
954 602
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

47
525 317
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

48
591 380
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
422 248
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

50
712 413
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs