The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

Over 7.4K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Voting Rules
Only players who are known primarily as first basemen and not other infield positions
Latest additions: José Abreu, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Most divisive: Mark Teixeira
Who are the greatest first basemen of all time? From the incomparable talents of Lou Gehrig to the stunning abilities of modern-era players like Albert Pujols, this list includes some of the best Major League Baseball first basemen, and really, some of the greatest baseball players to ever play the game. Who is your top choice? Be sure to vote, and you can also rerank this list in any order you want. The outstanding first basemen listed here all have similar abilties: They are versatile, incredibly quick and, quite often these days, the first baseman is also a wicked power hitter. Not surprisingly, several of the players on this list could easily be considered among the best hitters in baseball history, too. This list is full of excellent, talented first bag guys with great power numbers. If you're a huge baseball fanatic, you might enjoy these lists of the greatest third basemen of all time, the all-time best shortstops and the greatest pitchers of all time, too.
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  • Lou Gehrig
    2,977 votes
    First baseman

    Known as the "Iron Horse" for his incredible durability, Lou Gehrig captivated baseball fans with his powerful swing and unwavering consistency throughout his 17-year career with the New York Yankees. His tireless work ethic propelled him to set numerous Major League (MLB) records, including the most consecutive games played (2,130), a record that stood for over half a century until Cal Ripken Jr. broke it in 1995. Gehrig's impressive combination of hitting ability, fielding skill, and team leadership not only placed him among the greatest first basemen of all time but also made him one of the most beloved figures in the history of American sports.

  • Stan Musial
    1,597 votes
    Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

    The Man, as Stan Musial was affectionately known, revolutionized the first baseman position during his 22 years with the St. Louis Cardinals, producing an unprecedented mix of contact hitting, power, and fielding prowess. As a 3-time MVP and 20-time All-Star selection, Musial's versatility allowed him to excel at multiple positions, including first base and outfield. Although his humility kept him out of the spotlight, Musial's impact on the national pastime is undeniable, and his legacy remains as one of the game's most respected ambassadors.

  • José Abreu
    1 OF 2
    105 votes
    #81 needs votes
    First baseman
  • Albert Pujols
    3,049 votes
    First baseman

    The "Machine" is a fitting nickname for Albert Pujols, whose remarkable consistency and sheer dominance at the plate have solidified his place among the greatest first basemen of all time. Pujols' exceptional plate discipline and power have made him one of the most feared hitters in MLB history, terrorizing opposing pitchers throughout his accomplished career with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels. Beyond his offensive prowess, Pujols has also demonstrated exceptional fielding skills and team leadership, further cementing his status as a transcendent talent.

  • Jimmie Foxx
    2,140 votes
    First baseman

    Aptly dubbed "Double X" for his imposing physical presence, Jimmie Foxx emerged as one of baseball's most menacing sluggers and prolific first basemen during the 1920s and '30s. Foxx's Herculean strength produced towering home runs and consistently high run production, making him an invaluable asset to the vaunted Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox lineups of his era. His prowess at the plate was matched by his defensive acumen, transforming him into a complete player who secured his place among the pantheon of baseball greats.

  • Willie McCovey
    1,548 votes
    First baseman

    Stretch McCovey, as he was often called due to his long reach and ability to snag errant throws at first base, brought a fearsome power-hitting presence to the San Francisco Giants lineup throughout the 1960s and '70s. As a 6-time All-Star and 1969 National League MVP, McCovey's tape-measure home runs became the stuff of legend, striking fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers. Despite numerous injuries, McCovey's legendary bat and slick glove work helped define his era and secure his place among the game's greatest first basemen.

  • Miguel Cabrera
    1,480 votes
    First baseman, Third baseman

    The modern-day gold standard for first basemen, Miguel Cabrera has been terrorizing pitchers since his MLB debut as a 20-year-old prodigy in 2003. A consummate hitter with prodigious power, Cabrera's ability to punish opposing pitchers with gap-to-gap contact and majestic home runs has earned him a reputation as one of the most feared hitters in baseball history. Adding to his mystique, Cabrera's palpable love for the game and infectious enthusiasm further cements his status among the greatest first basemen of all time.