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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
4,176 1,442
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
3,328 1,079
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
2,433 973
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
4,159 1,949
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
2,914 941
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

6
1,724 746
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

7
2,442 1,792
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

8
1,201 435
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

9
1,223 548
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

10
1,883 831
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
1,567 626
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
1,939 817
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
1,053 411
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

14
2,108 1,030
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

15
2,288 1,542
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

16
2,311 1,459
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

17
2,210 1,505
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
1,188 681
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

19
1,173 726
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

20
1,703 1,763
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

21
1,071 617
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

22
1,340 1,052
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

23
738 324
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

24
928 438
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
731 427
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

26
2,015 1,225
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

27
1,251 1,008
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

28
1,810 1,107
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
1,000 909
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

30
657 353
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

31
1,560 1,007
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

32
2,286 1,246
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,094 708
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

34
1,501 1,046
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

35
617 462
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

36
1,139 754
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

37
699 442
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
1,487 941
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

39
691 402
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

40
491 285
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
811 576
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
779 454
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

43
742 548
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

44
571 275
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

45
452 300
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
957 604
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

47
527 319
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

48
593 384
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
423 250
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

50
716 415
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs