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The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time 

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder, Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Teams: Boston Red Sox, Boston Braves, New York Yankees

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#135 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #16 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

2
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Narrows, Georgia, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, Detroit Tigers

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#4 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #479 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

3
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: New York Yankees

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#200 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #26 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

4
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: Boston Red Sox

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#552 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #598 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

5
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States of America

Teams: New York Giants, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets

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#622 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #14 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #11 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

6
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Gilmore, Ohio

Teams: Cleveland Spiders, Boston Americans, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Naps, St. Louis Perfectos, + more

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#801 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #8 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Famelisted on Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball

7
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Right fielder, Outfielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Bats: Right-handed

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Braves

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#1,020 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #17 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Famelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

8
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Humboldt, Kansas, United States of America

Teams: Washington Senators

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#6 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #410 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #19 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

9
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania

Teams: Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

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#5 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #1,426 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #10 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Manager, Second baseman

Birthplace: Winters, Texas, United States of America

Teams: New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns, Boston Braves, St. Louis Cardinals

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#9 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #1,535 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Outfielder, First baseman, Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Spavinaw, Oklahoma, United States of America

Bats: Ambidexterity

Teams: New York Yankees

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The Rise And Fall Of Mickey Mantle #310 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #470 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

12
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees

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#384 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #33 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

13
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Outfielder, Left fielder, First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals

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#654 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #1,382 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #7 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

14
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
First baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Sudlersville, Maryland

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox

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#13 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #4 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Timelisted on Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball

15
Shoeless Joe Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Outfielder

Birthplace: South Carolina

Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Naps, Cleveland Indians

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#1,541 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame #14 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

16
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Factoryville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Teams: New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds

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#11 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #7 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Timelisted on Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball

17
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Refugio, Texas, United States of America

Teams: Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, California Angels, New York Mets

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#29 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #15 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Starting pitcher, Pitcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

Teams: San Francisco Giants, Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, New York Mets

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#18 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #6 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time #5 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

19
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Manager, Outfielder, Catcher

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Teams: New York Yankees, New York Mets

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#1,788 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #1,332 of 1,344 The Greatest Minds of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Right fielder

Nationality: Puerto Rico

Birthplace: San Antón

Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates

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#601 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #27 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #32 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

21
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Outfielder, Center fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Hubbard, Texas

Teams: Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

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#19 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #8 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #13 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

22
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Second baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia, United States of America

Bats: Right-handed

Teams: Brooklyn Dodgers

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#163 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #487 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Mike Trout is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
carmela-launi added Center Fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Vineland, New Jersey

Bats: Right

Teams: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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#26 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #4 of 61 The Most Likable Active MLB Players #12 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

24
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Catcher

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

Teams: Cincinnati Reds

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#22 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #90 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
First baseman, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Teams: Chicago Cubs

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#42 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #1,552 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative