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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 today and are uncoincidentially among the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated the hits during their respective times in the league 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.

Interestingly enough, many of the best baseball hitters of all time are those who were active in professional baseball many decades ago. Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the most hits ever recorded with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood many valiant attempts to be broken in the years since.

But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone. On that stat, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, Babe Ruth, would rank in the 40s. Ruth however holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base plug slugging stats. Lou Gherig 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 as the best baseball hitters of all time or do we give some love to those current top baseball players, like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, who have surpassed many of these older records? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!
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1
2,490 875
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Babe Ruth Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

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2
2,853 963
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ted Williams Boston Red Sox

3
1,695 893
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Stan Musial St. Louis Cardinals

4
1,573 639
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

5
1,893 679
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ty Cobb Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

6
1,256 607
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rogers Hornsby New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns

7
1,569 619
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

8
1,640 686
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Lou Gehrig New York Yankees

9
1,579 623
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

10
996 487
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Honus Wagner Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

11
835 475
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jimmie Foxx Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics

12
1,070 452
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Shoeless Joe Jackson Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps

13
1,253 608
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Joe DiMaggio New York Yankees

14
1,131 822
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Albert Pujols St. Louis Cardinals

15
809 424
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
JohnWarner added Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies

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16
1,284 520
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ken Griffey, Jr. Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

17
1,642 811
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Pete Rose Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, Cincinnati Reds

18
1,468 576
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres

19
698 378
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Tris Speaker Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

20
635 393
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Mel Ott New York Giants

21
631 491
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hank Greenberg Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

22
1,162 733
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh Pirates

23
386 281
Ed Delahanty is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ed Delahanty Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators, Cleveland Infants

24
723 617
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Robinson Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians

25
542 472
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Nap Lajoie Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps

26
871 583
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Rod Carew Minnesota Twins, California Angels

27
784 455
Wade Boggs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, New York Yankees

28
817 511
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
George Brett Kansas City Royals

29
337 244
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Cap Anson Chicago White Stockings, Chicago Colts

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30
614 384
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays

31
1,150 569
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
KiranHoeffner-Shah added Miguel Cabrera Detroit Tigers, Miami Marlins - 1st basemen, Third Basemen

32
311 215
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
chile6880 added Eddie Collins Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox

33
392 241
Ralph Kiner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Ralph Kiner Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians

34
370 209
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Johnny Mize New York Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees

35
581 265
Chipper Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves

36
439 229
Vladimir Guerrero is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Vladimir Guerrero Montreal Expos, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

37
305 209
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Dan Brouthers Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

38
437 325
Hack Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Hack Wilson Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs

39
487 243
Manny Ramírez is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Manny Ramírez Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

40
440 196
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jim Thome Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians

41
425 329
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Simmons Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

42
1,024 726
Ichiro Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Videoport Jones added Ichiro Suzuki Seattle Mariners

43
274 170
Harry Heilmann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Harry Heilmann Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds

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44
300 190
Billy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Billy Hamilton Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Blues, Boston Beaneaters

45
211 148
Sam Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
slaft added Sam Thompson Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Wolverines, Detroit Tigers

46
383 173
Duke Snider is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History

47
530 434
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

48
694 443
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Jackie Robinson Brooklyn Dodgers

49
200 99
Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Roger Connor Troy Trojans, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Giants

50
299 210
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Hitters in Baseball History
Charlie Gehringer Detroit Tigers