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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
626 87
Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 53 (1895-1948)

2
422 61
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 88 (1867-1955)

3
495 82
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 38 (1903-1941)

4
377 51
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 67 (1896-1963)

5
380 52
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 45 (1880-1925)

6
400 59
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 59 (1887-1946)

7
494 87
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 75 (1886-1961)

8
367 51
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 60 (1907-1967)

9
311 38
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 75 (1900-1975)

10
487 90
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 84 (1918-2002)

11
420 70
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 81 (1874-1955)

12
413 71
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

13
303 48
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 70 (1888-1958)

14
343 60
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 85 (1914-1999)

15
283 42
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 85 (1874-1959)

16
297 48
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 63 (1887-1950)

17
297 48
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 82

18
290 48
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010)

19
266 41
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 64 (1887-1951)

20
271 46
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

21
235 41
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 70 (1852-1922)

22
198 32
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 54 (1902-1956)

23
235 48
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 70

24
261 63
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 92

25
321 92
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 64 (1931-1995)

26
234 51
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 73

27
233 52
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 49 (1909-1958)

28
225 49
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 83

29
161 29
Brooks Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

30
192 45
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 73

31
185 46
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 68

32
173 39
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 70 (1931-2001)

33
190 55
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

34
155 38
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

35
175 48
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

36
151 39
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 64

37
118 26
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 90 (1903-1993)

38
222 91
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 71

39
127 35
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 62 (1903-1965)

40
112 29
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)

41
282 149
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 86

42
199 96
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 38 (1934-1972)

43
261 139
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 84

44
156 75
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 51

45
136 64
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

46
149 74
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 82

47
138 66
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 53 (1919-1972)

48
166 89
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

49
79 27
Willie Keeler is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 51 (1872-1923)

50
128 65
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
age 87