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The Best Hitters in Baseball History 

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List Rules MLB players with the best batting performance

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
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
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers
3
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox
4
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns
5
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
6
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals
7
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics
8
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants
9
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates
10
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves
11
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
12
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians
13
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
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
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants
16
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts
17
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees
18
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies
19
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres
20
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers
21
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds
22
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds
23
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays
24
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants
25
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels