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The Best Black Baseball Players Of All Time 

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Updated July 13, 2020 1.3k votes 129 voters 1.5k views 50 items

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You can't discuss the history of baseball without discussing every name on this list of the best Black baseball players of all time. These players help tell the story of baseball since Jackie Robinson famously broke the color barrier and became the first Black man to play in in the major leagues, and some go back even before that time.

Famous talents like Oscar Charleston and Cool Papa Bell never got the chance to show what they could do on the game's biggest stage, while legendary pitcher Satchel Paige only made it to MLB in his older years. But among the greatest African American baseball players ever are some of the best pro ballplayers ever to lace up their cleats, players such as Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Willie McCovey.

More modern stars like Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., and Derek Jeter built their Hall of Fame-level careers walking in the footsteps of the best Black ballplayers to come before them. These players are World Series champions, MVPs, Cy Young winners, and Hall of Famers, and they have made their mark on baseball in the biggest ways.

So vote for who you think is the best Black professional baseball player of all time and be sure to share the list with your friends to see how they vote!

Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Black Baseball Players Of All Time
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Career achievements
Hall of Fame (1979)
24x All-Star 
2x NL MVP
1951 NL Rookie of the Year
1954 World Series champion

Position: Center fielder

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Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Black Baseball Players Of All Time
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Career achievements
Hall of Fame (1982)
25x All-Star
1957 NL MVP
1957 World Series champion

MLB records
2,297 career RBIs
6,856 career total bases
1,477 career extra-base hits

Position: Right fielder, Outfielder

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Satchel Paige is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Black Baseball Players Of All Time
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Career achievements
Hall of Fame (1971)
2x MLB All-Star
5x Negro League All-Star
1948 World Series champion
1942 Negro World Series champion

Position: Pitcher

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Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Black Baseball Players Of All Time
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Career achievements
Hall of Fame (1962)
First Black player in MLB
6x All-Star
1949 NL MVP
1947 Rookie of the Year
1955 World Series champion

Position: Second baseman

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