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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
2,204 896
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

2
3,873 1,395
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
3,065 1,027
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

4
3,989 1,760
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
2,662 911
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

6
2,365 1,594
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

7
1,509 712
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

8
1,063 465
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

9
1,000 400
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

10
1,665 795
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
1,357 594
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
2,232 1,268
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

13
2,134 1,325
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
2,135 1,438
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

15
1,916 975
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

16
1,728 786
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

17
880 371
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

18
1,272 921
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

19
1,660 1,581
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

20
1,034 652
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

21
1,037 702
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
932 601
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

23
1,960 1,098
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

24
612 304
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

25
1,748 994
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

26
1,214 899
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
801 424
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

28
1,526 936
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

29
965 854
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

30
631 401
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

31
591 340
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

32
2,190 1,216
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,458 1,003
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

34
1,051 679
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
564 443
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

36
674 405
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
662 358
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

38
1,081 738
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

39
1,450 907
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

40
462 274
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
789 555
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
760 435
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

43
544 264
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
719 537
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

45
443 290
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
933 591
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

47
415 237
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

48
583 369
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
514 312
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

50
407 242
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers