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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
4,140 1,284
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers
2
5,097 1,718
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees
3
3,106 1,254
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
4,927 2,323
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox
5
3,675 1,119
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
6
3,128 1,987
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals
7
2,343 909
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics
8
2,506 993
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates
9
1,775 764
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants
10
1,742 637
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts
11
2,142 800
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians
12
2,869 1,728
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
13
2,574 977
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps
14
2,603 1,249
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
15
1,676 778
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants
16
1,463 617
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants
17
1,527 726
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps
18
2,653 1,882
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves
19
2,558 1,924
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets
20
1,622 896
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates
21
1,653 1,282
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies
22
1,969 2,126
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals
23
1,040 477
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds
24
1,246 577
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
1,039 561
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