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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
214 44
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
184 45
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ted Williams Died at 84 (1918-2002)

3
171 44
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
173 45
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Willie Mays age 86

5
160 42
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

6
154 40
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Hank Aaron age 84

7
145 37
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Honus Wagner Died at 81 (1874-1955)

8
142 36
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
102 22
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmie Foxx Died at 60 (1907-1967)

10
116 29
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946)

11
126 34
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cy Young Died at 88 (1867-1955)

12
109 26
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
142 43
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995)

14
101 23
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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15
96 21
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tris Speaker Died at 70 (1888-1958)

16
94 20
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Feller Died at 92 (1918-2010)

17
122 35
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan age 71

18
113 33
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente Died at 38 (1934-1972)

19
92 22
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Grover Cleveland Alexander Died at 63 (1887-1950)

20
110 32
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Died at 67 (1896-1963)

21
79 16
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sandy Koufax age 82

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22
87 21
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

23
107 32
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yogi Berra age 92

24
120 40
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

25
96 27
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson age 82

26
86 22
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959)

27
75 16
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Steve Carlton age 73

28
103 32
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
81 20
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins Died at 64 (1887-1951)

30
93 27
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

31
72 16
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

32
101 33
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux age 51

33
68 14
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

34
87 25
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

35
80 21
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mike Schmidt age 68

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36
90 27
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Johnny Bench age 70

37
87 26
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

38
75 19
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tom Seaver age 73

39
58 10
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
74 19
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cap Anson Died at 70 (1852-1922)

41
89 28
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks age 87

42
72 18
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Kaline age 83

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43
75 20
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rod Carew age 72

44
69 18
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Mathews Died at 70 (1931-2001)

45
64 15
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
George Brett age 64

46
68 18
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Harmon Killebrew Died at 75 (1936-2011)

47
69 19
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Paul Waner Died at 62 (1903-1965)

48
59 14
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Simmons Died at 54 (1902-1956)

49
59 16
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

50
54 13
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)