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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
3,834 1,379
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
3,028 1,015
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
2,164 887
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
3,957 1,743
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
2,351 1,567
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

6
2,626 903
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

7
1,477 704
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

8
1,028 463
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

9
1,643 778
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

10
968 396
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

11
1,325 586
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
2,217 1,240
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

13
2,118 1,299
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

14
2,104 1,426
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

15
1,702 774
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

16
1,886 966
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

17
857 358
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

18
1,647 1,556
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

19
1,246 913
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

20
1,013 646
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

21
1,018 694
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
912 594
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

23
1,949 1,078
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

24
594 294
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

25
1,740 974
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

26
1,202 887
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
785 415
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

28
621 390
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

29
1,516 930
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

30
955 850
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

31
589 336
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

32
2,178 1,208
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,446 1,002
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

34
1,046 672
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
561 434
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

36
667 401
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

37
652 356
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

38
1,072 730
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

39
1,438 906
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

40
460 271
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
786 552
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
755 432
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

43
540 263
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
713 537
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

45
442 288
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
414 234
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

47
927 588
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

48
579 367
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
509 312
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

50
406 239
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers