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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
4,015 1,425
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
3,189 1,054
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
2,309 934
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
4,075 1,842
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
2,773 929
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

6
2,399 1,683
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

7
1,605 730
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

8
1,150 483
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

9
1,087 414
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

10
1,750 820
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
1,448 614
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
2,011 996
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

13
2,210 1,483
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

14
1,812 804
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

15
2,276 1,356
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

16
957 393
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

17
2,172 1,405
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
1,307 970
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

19
1,096 663
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

20
1,685 1,654
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

21
1,080 719
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
985 608
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

23
656 315
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

24
1,988 1,141
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

25
844 430
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

26
1,236 935
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
1,778 1,037
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

28
664 411
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
981 875
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

30
1,545 963
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

31
616 343
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

32
2,240 1,224
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,475 1,021
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

34
1,069 690
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
585 453
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

36
687 422
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
1,100 748
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

38
675 374
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

39
1,469 921
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

40
477 278
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
797 565
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
770 441
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

43
557 266
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
730 541
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

45
448 294
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
945 597
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

47
421 242
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

48
588 374
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
520 315
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

50
414 245
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers