MLB The Best Hitters in Baseball History  

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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
4,985 1,643
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
4,032 1,240
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
3,017 1,212
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
3,618 1,062
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

5
4,811 2,289
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

6
2,306 865
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

7
3,041 1,963
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

8
2,462 946
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

9
1,714 581
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

10
2,111 744
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

11
1,728 726
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

12
2,542 917
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
2,789 1,709
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

14
2,567 1,197
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

15
1,446 571
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

16
1,631 763
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

17
1,513 682
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

18
1,607 834
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

19
2,574 1,868
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

20
2,470 1,910
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

21
1,589 1,264
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

22
1,033 420
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

23
1,888 2,109
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

24
1,231 528
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
1,022 519
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