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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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316 54
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
234 52
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

3
241 56
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

4
177 33
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946)

5
152 26
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmie Foxx Died at 60 (1907-1967)

6
209 47
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Honus Wagner Died at 81 (1874-1955)

7
252 64
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ted Williams Died at 84 (1918-2002)

8
200 44
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Stan Musial Died at 93 (1920-2013)

9
143 25
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tris Speaker Died at 70 (1888-1958)

10
184 40
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cy Young Died at 88 (1867-1955)

11
142 26
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Feller Died at 92 (1918-2010)

12
158 32
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Christy Mathewson Died at 45 (1880-1925)

13
132 23
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sandy Koufax age 82

14
164 35
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Joe DiMaggio Died at 85 (1914-1999)

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159 34
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Died at 67 (1896-1963)

16
139 27
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Grover Cleveland Alexander Died at 63 (1887-1950)

17
128 25
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959)

18
102 17
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

19
115 23
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins Died at 64 (1887-1951)

20
115 23
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Steve Carlton age 73

21
125 28
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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213 74
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Willie Mays age 86

23
196 69
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Hank Aaron age 84

24
106 25
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cap Anson Died at 70 (1852-1922)

25
104 24
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Kaline age 83

26
181 66
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995)

27
115 34
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

28
130 43
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yogi Berra age 92

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156 58
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan age 71

30
100 29
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tom Seaver age 73

31
76 17
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Simmons Died at 54 (1902-1956)

32
70 14
Brooks Robinson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

33
107 35
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

34
137 52
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente Died at 38 (1934-1972)

35
110 38
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Johnny Bench age 70

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98 32
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mike Schmidt age 68

37
80 22
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Harmon Killebrew Died at 75 (1936-2011)

38
85 25
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Mathews Died at 70 (1931-2001)

39
85 25
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jackie Robinson Died at 53 (1919-1972)

40
93 30
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

41
115 43
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson age 82

42
118 45
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux age 51

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43
102 37
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks age 87

44
80 24
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
George Brett age 64

45
134 57
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

46
64 15
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sam Crawford Died at 88 (1880-1968)

47
116 47
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

48
101 38
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

49
78 24
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Paul Waner Died at 62 (1903-1965)

50
62 16
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)