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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, New York, the site of the first ever baseball game. Since then, many icons have been enshrined into the HOF. 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. Even those who didn't achieve great team success still made a huge impact on the game with their individual skills. 

In order to get inducted into the MLB 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. Then head over and check out the 2020 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, and help decide who should be added to this list.

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Babe Ruth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 53 (1895-1948) from Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
2
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 38 (1903-1941) from Yorkville, New York City, New York, United States of America
3
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 75 (1886-1961) from Narrows, Georgia, United States of America
4
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 84 (1918-2002) from San Diego, California, United States of America
5
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 81 (1874-1955) from Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania
6
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 93 (1920-2013) from Donora, Pennsylvania, United States of America
7
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 88 (1867-1955) from Gilmore, Ohio
8
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 59 (1887-1946) from Humboldt, Kansas, United States of America
9
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 67 (1896-1963) from Winters, Texas, United States of America
10
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 45 (1880-1925) from Factoryville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
11
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 85 (1914-1999) from Martinez, California, United States of America
12
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 64 (1931-1995) from Spavinaw, Oklahoma, United States of America
13
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 60 (1907-1967) from Sudlersville, Maryland
14
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 75 (1900-1975) from Lonaconing, Maryland
15
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 70 (1888-1958) from Hubbard, Texas
16
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Age 87 from Westfield, Alabama, United States of America
17
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Age 93 from The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
18
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Age 83 from New York City, New York, United States of America
19
Grover Cleveland Alexand... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 63 (1887-1950) from Elba, Nebraska
20
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003) from Buffalo, New York, United States of America
21
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Age 85 from Mobile, Alabama, United States of America
22
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Age 71 from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
23
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 92 (1918-2010) from Van Meter, Iowa, United States of America
24
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Dec. at 85 (1874-1959) from Woonsocket, Rhode Island
25
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Age 74 from Miami, Florida, United States of America