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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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326 56
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
183 34
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946)

3
246 57
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
238 55
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

5
216 48
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Honus Wagner Died at 81 (1874-1955)

6
207 45
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
258 66
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
156 28
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmie Foxx Died at 60 (1907-1967)

9
189 40
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cy Young Died at 88 (1867-1955)

10
148 26
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tris Speaker Died at 70 (1888-1958)

11
163 32
Christy Mathewson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Christy Mathewson Died at 45 (1880-1925)

12
146 27
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Feller Died at 92 (1918-2010)

13
164 34
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Died at 67 (1896-1963)

14
145 27
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Grover Cleveland Alexander Died at 63 (1887-1950)

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170 37
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Joe DiMaggio Died at 85 (1914-1999)

16
108 17
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

17
135 26
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sandy Koufax age 82

18
134 26
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959)

19
130 28
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

20
120 24
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins Died at 64 (1887-1951)

21
120 26
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Steve Carlton age 73

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220 75
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Willie Mays age 86

23
203 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
109 26
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
107 25
Al Kaline is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Al Kaline age 83

26
185 68
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
121 35
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)

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162 59
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan age 71

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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105 30
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tom Seaver age 73

30
133 46
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yogi Berra age 92

31
80 18
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
143 53
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente Died at 38 (1934-1972)

33
90 25
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jackie Robinson Died at 53 (1919-1972)

34
110 37
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

35
120 43
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson age 82

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123 45
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux age 51

37
88 25
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
114 40
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Johnny Bench age 70

39
101 33
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mike Schmidt age 68

40
97 31
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

41
72 17
Brooks Robinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

42
106 37
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks age 87

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83 24
Harmon Killebrew is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Harmon Killebrew Died at 75 (1936-2011)

44
139 57
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

45
84 25
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
George Brett age 64

46
120 47
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

47
104 38
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

48
67 16
Sam Crawford is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sam Crawford Died at 88 (1880-1968)

49
66 16
Charlie Gehringer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Charlie Gehringer Died at 90 (1903-1993)

50
80 25
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Paul Waner Died at 62 (1903-1965)