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The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

Updated June 1, 2020 560.2k votes 34.0k voters 387.5k views582 items

List RulesPlease vote for the players based on their on-field career accomplishments

This greatest baseball players list represents the combined lists of baseball fans everywhere. Anyone can make their own list of the best ballplayers ever to play the game, making this crowdranking a true consensus on who's the best baseball player of all time.

So who is the greatest baseball player of all time? There are plenty of amazing top MLB players to choose from. Are you a New York Yankees fan? Then you'll really like this list with Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio and more repping your team. The same goes for fans of Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial, Barry Bonds and everyone else who should be considered among the greatest baseball players of all time. 

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    Babe Ruth

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    TeamsBoston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

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    #34 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#1077 of 1,355 The Greatest Minds of All Time

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    Ty Cobb

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNarrows, Georgia, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

    TeamsPhiladelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

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    #123 of 325 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#107 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

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    Willie Mays

    Center fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWestfield, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

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    #54 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#20 of 24 Old Celebrities You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive

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    Lou Gehrig

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceYorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

    TeamsNew York Yankees

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    #2 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#138 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

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    Ted Williams

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    BatsLeft-handed

    TeamsBoston Red Sox

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    #3 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time#1 of 58 The Best Mexican MLB Players

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    Hank Aaron

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsMilwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

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    #69 of 126 Fastest MLB Players of All Time#61 of 151 The Best Milwaukee Brewers of All Time

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHumboldt, Kansas, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Senators

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    #15 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time#4 of 19 Every Pitcher With 300 Strikeouts In A Season

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    Cy Young

    Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGilmore, Ohio

    TeamsCleveland Spiders, Boston Americans, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps, St. Louis Perfectos

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    #2 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#15 of 23 The Best Perfect Games In Major League History

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    Rogers Hornsby

    Manager, Second baseman

    BirthplaceWinters, Texas, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves, St. Louis Cardinals

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    #1 of 148 The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time#4 of 13 The Most Impressive Triple Crown Seasons In Baseball History

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    Honus Wagner

    Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceChartiers Township, Pennsylvania

    TeamsLouisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    #1083 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#12 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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    Joe DiMaggio

    Center fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMartinez, California, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees

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    #29 of 35 The Best Celebrities You'd Actually Buy Stuff From#65 of 78 Catholic Celebrities

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    3,738

    Mickey Mantle

    Outfielder, First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSpavinaw, Oklahoma, United States of America

    BatsAmbidexterity

    TeamsNew York Yankees

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    The Rise And Fall Of Mickey Mantle#30 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

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    Jimmie Foxx

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSudlersville, Maryland

    TeamsPhiladelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

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    #5 of 30 Every MLB Player To Hit 50 Home Runs In A Season#1 of 28 The Best Red Sox First Basemen of All Time

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceFactoryville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

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    #19 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #60 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans

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    BirthplaceSouth Carolina

    TeamsPhiladelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Indians

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    #1 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#2 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

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    Stan Musial

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDonora, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals

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    #570 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#9 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

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    Warren Spahn

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    TeamsSan Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets

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    #6 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time#6 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

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    Ernie Banks

    First baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    TeamsChicago Cubs

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    #6 of 132 The Greatest Shortstops of All Time#1 of 150 The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

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    Jackie Robinson

    Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCairo, Georgia, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsBrooklyn Dodgers

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    #231 of 344 Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person#58 of 63 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

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    Mike Trout

    Center Fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    #25 of 25 The Most Hated Players In Baseball Right Now#1 of 65 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsKansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

    More Satchel Paige 

    #7 of 12 Baseball Players With The All Time Weirdest Superstitions#60 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire

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    Yogi Berra

    Manager, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceThe Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees, New York Mets

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    #110 of 207 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time#3 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

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    Roberto Clemente

    Right fielder

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceSan Antón

    TeamsPittsburgh Pirates

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    #2 of 25 MLB Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#1 of 76 The Greatest Puerto Rican MLB Players Of All Time

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    Tony Gwynn

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    TeamsSan Diego Padres

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    #19 of 98 The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports#1 of 116 The Best San Diego Padres Of All Time

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    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    TeamsCincinnati Reds

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    #1 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time#6 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time