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A list of the best baseball players to get inducted into the Hall of Fame. Whether you're a young kid picking up a glove for the first time or a big league rookie learning the ropes, the ultimate goal and honor any baseball player could receive is seeing his face on a plaque in Cooperstown. Why would he want that? That means he has been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame; his achievements on the diamond will be celebrated forever.

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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1
152 30
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
133 34
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
123 31
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Willie Mays age 85

4
128 36
Ty Cobb is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ty Cobb Died at 75 (1886-1961)

5
112 29
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Hank Aaron age 83

6
107 27
Stan Musial is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Stan Musial Died at 93 (1920-2013)

7
109 29
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
118 35
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

9
83 18
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux age 50

10
107 32
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995)

11
92 24
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan age 70

12
78 17
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Joe DiMaggio Died at 85 (1914-1999)

13
85 21
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente Died at 38 (1934-1972)

14
85 21
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame

15
90 24
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

16
94 27
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cy Young Died at 88 (1867-1955)

17
85 22
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yogi Berra age 91

18
87 24
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Died at 67 (1896-1963)

19
89 26
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946)

20
75 18
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

21
73 17
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson age 81

The Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time

22
76 19
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks age 86

23
76 19
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Johnny Bench age 69

24
77 20
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmie Foxx Died at 60 (1907-1967)

25
78 21
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Christy Mathewson Died at 45 (1880-1925)

26
69 16
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Feller Died at 92 (1918-2010)

27
74 19
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tris Speaker Died at 70 (1888-1958)

28
70 17
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
70 17
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959)

30
71 18
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

31
72 19
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Grover Cleveland Alexander Died at 63 (1887-1950)

32
71 19
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

33
57 11
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

34
60 13
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tom Seaver age 72

35
58 12
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Steve Carlton age 72

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

36
66 17
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins Died at 64 (1887-1951)

37
57 12
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Mathews Died at 70 (1931-2001)

38
58 13
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sandy Koufax age 81

39
57 13
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rod Carew age 71

40
60 15
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Kaline age 82

41
60 15
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mike Schmidt age 67

42
58 14
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Paul Waner Died at 62 (1903-1965)

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43
61 16
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cap Anson Died at 70 (1852-1922)

44
59 15
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Brock age 77

45
48 9
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
George Brett age 62

46
52 12
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

47
56 15
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Harmon Killebrew Died at 75 (1936-2011)

48
46 10
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Charlie Gehringer Died at 90 (1903-1993)

49
48 12
Al Simmons is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Simmons Died at 54 (1902-1956)

50
46 11
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame