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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
3,979 1,420
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
2,283 924
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

3
3,155 1,050
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

4
4,063 1,814
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
2,742 928
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

6
2,393 1,658
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

7
1,577 729
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

8
1,122 481
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

9
1,059 413
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

10
1,726 817
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
1,422 612
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
2,195 1,465
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

13
2,265 1,333
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

14
1,988 990
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

15
1,787 802
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

16
2,167 1,381
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

17
932 390
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

18
1,297 955
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

19
1,681 1,631
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

20
1,076 663
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

21
1,072 715
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
973 608
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

23
1,984 1,131
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

24
646 313
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

25
833 430
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

26
1,233 926
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
1,775 1,027
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

28
655 409
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

29
979 872
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

30
1,543 959
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

31
613 342
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

32
2,232 1,223
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
1,474 1,017
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

34
1,065 688
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
583 452
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

36
685 419
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
673 373
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

38
1,096 747
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

39
1,466 920
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

40
476 277
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

41
797 563
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
769 440
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

43
556 266
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
730 540
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

45
448 294
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
943 597
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

47
421 241
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

48
587 374
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

49
520 314
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

50
413 245
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers