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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
3,420 1,269
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

2
3,048 1,144
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
2,340 809
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

4
2,029 1,111
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

5
1,538 752
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
1,901 788
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

7
1,961 753
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
1,862 914
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

9
1,993 825
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

10
1,405 1,073
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

11
1,002 597
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
1,195 635
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

13
1,485 751
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,287 586
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
1,008 612
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

16
878 461
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
1,766 727
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

18
534 362
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
793 482
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

20
1,064 688
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

21
1,550 711
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
774 594
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

23
484 318
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
446 268
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
1,973 1,005
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
484 287
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
1,317 721
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
834 739
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
651 541
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
387 221
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

31
1,331 863
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

32
486 333
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
920 569
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
960 627
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

35
536 371
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
554 327
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
1,278 818
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

38
607 396
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

39
382 293
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
695 491
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
672 372
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

42
384 232
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
515 386
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
466 222
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

45
1,108 967
Barry Bonds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Barry Bonds San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates

46
468 255
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout

47
820 531
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

48
265 186
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
623 487
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

50
341 204
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers