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!
- 1Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves
- 2Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers
- 3New York Giants, Chicago Cubs
- 4Boston Red Sox
- 5New York Yankees
- 6St. Louis Cardinals
- 7Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs
- 8Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators
- 9Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves
- 10Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates
- 11Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox
- 12New York Giants
- 13New York Giants, San Francisco Giants
- 14New York Yankees
- 15Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox
- 16Philadelphia Phillies
- 17Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics
- 18New York Yankees
- 19Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts
- 20Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles
- 21Los Angeles Angels
- 22Philadelphia Phillies
- 23Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers
- 24Detroit Tigers
- 25San Diego Padres