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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
4,361 1,479
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
3,501 1,107
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

3
2,579 1,018
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
4,251 2,071
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox

5
3,085 950
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

6
1,868 768
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

7
2,547 1,871
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

8
2,026 857
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

9
1,323 476
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

10
1,342 597
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

11
1,707 650
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

12
2,085 840
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
2,217 1,088
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

14
1,153 462
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

15
2,395 1,609
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Yankees

16
2,368 1,579
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

17
2,264 1,625
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

18
1,311 707
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
New York Giants

19
1,299 747
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

20
1,194 637
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

21
849 342
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

22
1,733 1,884
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
St. Louis Cardinals

23
1,390 1,146
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Philadelphia Phillies

24
1,038 458
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
842 443
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

26
759 369
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

27
2,058 1,331
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
San Diego Padres

28
1,275 1,091
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Minnesota Twins, California Angels

29
1,850 1,202
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

30
1,026 998
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

31
1,582 1,091
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins

32
2,358 1,297
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

33
705 478
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

34
1,216 772
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Kansas City Royals

35
1,544 1,092
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pittsburgh Pirates

36
1,140 753
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

37
524 298
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

38
1,507 984
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Seattle Mariners

39
711 480
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

40
721 443
Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Los Angeles Angels

41
824 612
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
785 557
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

43
606 283
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

44
794 484
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves

45
472 308
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Detroit Tigers

46
553 324
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Atlanta Braves, Boston Braves, Detroit Tigers

47
974 620
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Dodgers

48
440 259
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Brooklyn Superbas, New York Giants, Brooklyn Bridegrooms

49
590 488
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

50
434 262
Mickey Cochrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers