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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!

1
3,479 1,326
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
2,713 961
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
1,868 829
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

4
3,745 1,583
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

5
2,277 1,312
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

6
2,326 881
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

7
2,151 974
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
2,053 1,037
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Mays New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

9
2,014 1,201
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

10
1,196 680
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

11
1,405 720
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

12
769 424
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

13
1,701 875
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,514 694
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
1,074 551
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

16
1,600 1,306
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

17
713 369
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

18
1,164 797
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

19
656 317
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

20
933 573
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

21
1,904 940
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

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22
1,688 849
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

23
1,168 791
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

24
1,471 819
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

25
866 677
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

26
777 576
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
574 360
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

28
919 808
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 Baseball Players of All Time

29
694 402
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

30
481 275
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

31
2,105 1,168
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

32
521 325
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
1,018 648
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
1,407 981
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

35
540 409
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

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36
651 382
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
613 310
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels

38
1,039 710
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

39
1,381 887
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

40
766 537
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
437 262
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

42
737 422
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

The Best Closers in Baseball History

43
523 255
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
692 528
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

45
424 279
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers

46
401 226
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Willie Keeler Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

47
906 573
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

48
644 511
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
391 231
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Cochrane Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

50
546 459
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs