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List Rules Only players who are known primarily as first basemen and not other infield positions

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.
list ordered by

1
1,885 218
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

2
1,156 355
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

3
872 384
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Outfielder, First baseman

4
668 202
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

5
1,055 972
Albert Pujols is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

6
665 297
George Sisler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman, Pitcher

7
973 126
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
MacSa added Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

8
557 282
Johnny Mize is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

9
705 462
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Designated hitter, Left fielder, First baseman

10
608 734
Frank Thomas is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

11
533 624
Willie McCovey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

12
563 626
Eddie Murray is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

13
544 324
Keith Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

14
570 567
Don Mattingly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Manager, First baseman

15
469 568
Jim Thome is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

16
427 135
Gil Hodges is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

17
496 646
Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

18
433 405
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman

19
352 441
Todd Helton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

20
320 305
Fred McGriff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

21
525 444
Miguel Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added Designated hitter, First baseman, Third baseman

22
329 308
Will Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

23
377 137
Pete Rose is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
David F Rahilly added Manager, Outfielder, Infielder

24
308 140
Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
joe-scott added Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

25
395 536
Mark McGwire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

26
186 161
Dan Brouthers is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

27
284 199
Orlando Cepeda is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

28
250 221
Tony Pérez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman, Third baseman

29
240 105
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman, Shortstop

30
254 138
Joey Votto is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman

31
264 177
Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

32
119 78
Jim Bottomley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman

33
168 136
Norm Cash is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

34
245 207
David Ortiz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added Designated hitter, First baseman

35
155 184
Dick Allen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Infielder, First baseman, Third baseman

36
131 66
Frank Chance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added Manager, First baseman

37
72 64
Roger Connor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

38
167 128
Boog Powell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
KeithGBrown added First baseman

39
126 124
Ryan Howard is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman

40
164 119
Andres Galarraga is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
DanielRomeroCortijo added Andres Galarraga

41
160 226
Rafael Palmeiro is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
Designated hitter, First baseman

42
155 90
Mark Grace is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman

43
119 108
John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman

44
162 62
Paul Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman

45
154 158
Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
bigulcards added First baseman

46
159 137
Cecil Fielder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
KeithGBrown added Designated hitter, First baseman

47
91 40
Bill Terry is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
First baseman

48
42 52
Dolph Camilli is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman

49
181 166
Mark Teixeira is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
cbf237 added First baseman

50
112 57
Ted Kluszewski is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest First Basemen of All Time
slaft added First baseman