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As a baseball player, it's always a dream to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, whether you're a big-time hitter or one of the greatest pitchers to play the game. The best professional players both past and present all have the chance to prove themselves and achieve a plaque in Cooperstown. But of all the players who do make it there, who are the very best? 

The members of the Baseball Hall of Fame are some of the greatest players of all time and some of the true legends of the game. The Hall of Fame opened in 1939 in Cooperstown, NY, the site of the first ever baseball game. Since then, many icons have been enshrined into the Hall of Fame. Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Lou Gehrig, Tom Seaver, Willie Mays and Bob Gibson are just a few of the numerous legends who have been inducted and with good reason: they're the among the greatest baseball players ever

In order to get inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, a finalist needs to receive at least 75 percent of the votes by the baseball writers. If they don't, they are eligible for up to 15 years, depending on if they receive the minimum amount of votes to stay on the ballot. If they don't make the Hall because of the writers, then the Veterans Committee can induct the players later on.

This is the list of the greatest baseball players in the Hall of Fame. Vote or re-rank this list according to who you think is the best player in Cooperstown.

list ordered by

1
263 46
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Babe Ruth Died at 53 (1895-1948)

2
202 48
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

3
196 46
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

4
213 53
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ted Williams Died at 84 (1918-2002)

5
175 39
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Honus Wagner Died at 81 (1874-1955)

6
167 37
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Stan Musial Died at 93 (1920-2013)

7
143 30
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946)

8
131 26
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Joe DiMaggio Died at 85 (1914-1999)

9
105 17
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sandy Koufax age 82

10
118 22
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tris Speaker Died at 70 (1888-1958)

11
132 28
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Christy Mathewson Died at 45 (1880-1925)

12
152 37
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cy Young Died at 88 (1867-1955)

13
123 24
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmie Foxx Died at 60 (1907-1967)

14
119 23
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Feller Died at 92 (1918-2010)

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15
116 23
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Grover Cleveland Alexander Died at 63 (1887-1950)

16
134 32
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Died at 67 (1896-1963)

17
189 60
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Willie Mays age 86

18
93 17
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Steve Carlton age 73

19
104 22
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959)

20
170 57
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Hank Aaron age 84

21
104 24
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

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22
96 21
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins Died at 64 (1887-1951)

23
83 15
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

24
162 57
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995)

25
87 20
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cap Anson Died at 70 (1852-1922)

26
100 29
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

27
82 20
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Kaline age 83

28
135 50
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan age 71

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
85 23
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tom Seaver age 73

30
115 41
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yogi Berra age 92

31
121 47
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente Died at 38 (1934-1972)

32
82 24
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

33
93 31
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

34
98 34
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Johnny Bench age 70

35
65 15
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Simmons Died at 54 (1902-1956)

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36
75 21
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Mathews Died at 70 (1931-2001)

37
94 33
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks age 87

38
69 18
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jackie Robinson Died at 53 (1919-1972)

39
105 40
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux age 51

40
123 51
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

41
103 39
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson age 82

42
70 19
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
George Brett age 64

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43
73 21
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Paul Waner Died at 62 (1903-1965)

44
86 29
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mike Schmidt age 68

45
58 12
Brooks Robinson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

46
108 43
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

47
71 21
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Harmon Killebrew Died at 75 (1936-2011)

48
95 36
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

49
78 26
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rod Carew age 72

50
57 14
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Charlie Gehringer Died at 90 (1903-1993)