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The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time

Updated June 1, 2020 584.9k votes 33.5k voters 382.1k 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 Ruth1
    12,983
    3,901

    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#529 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • Ty Cobb2
    8,628
    3,859

    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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    #128 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes#99 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

  • Lou Gehrig3
    8,929
    3,197

    Lou Gehrig

    First baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America,Germany

    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#2 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

  • Ted Williams4
    9,467
    3,495

    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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    #31 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever#2 of 58 The Best Mexican MLB Players

  • Willie Mays5
    9,379
    4,340

    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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    #32 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#19 of 34 The Coolest Celebrity Octogenarians

  • Cy Young6
    6,103
    2,731

    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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    #15 of 23 The Best Perfect Games In Major League History#8 of 35 The Best MLB Pitchers With Multiple No-Hitters

  • Hank Aaron7
    8,013
    3,825

    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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    #19 of 104 The Greatest Throwing Arms of All Time#63 of 126 Fastest MLB Players of All Time

  • Walter Johnson8
    5,515
    2,492

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHumboldt, Kansas, United States of America

    TeamsWashington Senators

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    #4 of 19 Every Pitcher With 300 Strikeouts In A Season#4 of 13 13 Athletes Who Won MVP After Age 35

  • Rogers Hornsby9
    5,527
    2,701

    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#2 of 13 The Most Impressive Triple Crown Seasons In Baseball History

  • Honus Wagner10
    5,728
    2,833

    Honus Wagner

    Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceChartiers Township, Pennsylvania

    TeamsLouisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

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    #12 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#1179 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Joe DiMaggio11
    6,150
    2,984

    Joe DiMaggio

    Center fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMartinez, California, United States of America

    TeamsNew York Yankees

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    #26 of 35 The Best Celebrities You'd Actually Buy Stuff From#17 of 20 20 Celebrities with (Alleged) Ties to the Mafia

  • Jimmie Foxx12
    4,317
    2,148

    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

  • Christy Mathewson13
    4,006
    2,020

    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 #61 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans

  • Shoeless Joe Jackson14
    4,864
    2,421

    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#30 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Mickey Mantle15
    7,395
    3,997

    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#27 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • Warren Spahn16
    2,994
    1,507

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

  • Stan Musial17
    6,711
    3,693

    Stan Musial

    Outfielder, Left fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDonora, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    TeamsSt. Louis Cardinals

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

  • Jackie Robinson18
    4,427
    2,114

    Jackie Robinson

    Second baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCairo, Georgia, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

    TeamsBrooklyn Dodgers

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    #57 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#37 of 432 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • Ernie Banks19
    2,492
    1,183

    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#184 of 428 Here's a List of Every Known Republican Celebrity

  • Mike Trout20
    4,657
    2,443

    Mike Trout

    Center Fielder

    NationalityAmerican

    BirthplaceVineland, New Jersey

    BatsRight

    TeamsLos Angeles Angels of Anaheim

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    #1 of 62 The Most Likable Active MLB Players#1 of 273 The Top Current Baseball Players

  • Tris Speaker21
    3,610
    1,957

    Tris Speaker

    Outfielder, Center fielder

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHubbard, Texas

    TeamsPhiladelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators

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    #415 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#4 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time

  • Tony Gwynn22
    3,193
    1,678

    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

  • Yogi Berra23
    3,528
    1,793

    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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    #125 of 207 The Greatest New York Mets of All Time#2 of 149 The Greatest Catchers of All Time

  • Satchel Paige24
    2,418
    1,163

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

    TeamsKansas City Athletics, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Indians

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

  • Roberto Clemente25
    4,786
    2,593

    Roberto Clemente

    Right fielder

    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