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The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame  

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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.

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Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 84
27
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 54 (1902-1956)
28
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 69
29
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 70 (1852-1922)
30
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 74
31
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
32
Brooks Robinson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
33
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
34
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 70 (1931-2001)
35
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 87
36
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 65
37
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 72
38
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)
39
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 85
40
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 38 (1934-1972)
41
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 90 (1903-1993)
42
Hank Greenberg is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 75 (1911-1986)
43
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)
44
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 83
45
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 62 (1903-1965)
46
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 52
47
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 54 (1960-2014)
48
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 53 (1919-1972)
49
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
50
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame