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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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#137 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #17 of 1,820 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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#480 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #64 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veteranslisted 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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#201 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #25 of 1,820 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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#553 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #599 of 1,820 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 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #11 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #13 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

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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#804 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #2 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Timelisted 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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#1,024 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #10 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted 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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#411 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #2 of 278 The Best Starting 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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#1,430 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #9 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #5 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

10
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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#1,539 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #4 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #9 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

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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 #471 of 1,820 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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#389 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #54 of 1,820 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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#653 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #1,385 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #6 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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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#4 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #7 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted 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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#1,545 of 1,820 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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#65 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans #11 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Famelisted 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 #19 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

18
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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#6 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time #17 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame #7 of 278 The Best Starting 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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#1,792 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #2 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

20
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 20 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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#8 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time #12 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #2 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

21
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 21 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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#600 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #32 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #1 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

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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#165 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive #445 of 2,437 The Most Influential People of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

23
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 #25 of 25 The Most Hated Players In Baseball Right Now #3 of 61 The Most Likable Active MLB Players

24
Ken Griffey, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time
Designated hitter, Outfielder, Left fielder

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Bats: Left-handed

Teams: Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds

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#1,669 of 1,820 The Best Athletes Of All Time #22 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History #55 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time

25
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 25 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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#1 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time #88 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball Historylisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative