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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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1
195 42
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
170 42
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
160 41
Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Willie Mays age 86

4
160 42
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
143 36
Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Hank Aaron age 84

6
134 35
Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Honus Wagner Died at 81 (1874-1955)

7
147 42
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Gehrig Died at 38 (1903-1941)

8
126 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
131 39
Mickey Mantle is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mickey Mantle Died at 64 (1931-1995)

10
115 31
Cy Young is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cy Young Died at 88 (1867-1955)

11
113 31
Nolan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan age 71

12
97 24
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
112 32
Rickey Henderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

14
92 22
Jimmie Foxx is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jimmie Foxx Died at 60 (1907-1967)

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15
105 29
Walter Johnson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Walter Johnson Died at 59 (1887-1946)

16
102 28
Rogers Hornsby is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rogers Hornsby Died at 67 (1896-1963)

17
103 29
Roberto Clemente is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente Died at 38 (1934-1972)

18
84 19
Bob Feller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Feller Died at 92 (1918-2010)

19
100 28
Yogi Berra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Yogi Berra age 92

20
89 22
Bob Gibson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Bob Gibson age 82

21
98 27
Tony Gwynn is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tony Gwynn Died at 54 (1960-2014)

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22
86 21
Tris Speaker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tris Speaker Died at 70 (1888-1958)

23
89 23
Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Joe DiMaggio Died at 85 (1914-1999)

24
96 27
Greg Maddux is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Greg Maddux age 51

25
88 23
Frank Robinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

26
84 21
Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Grover Cleveland Alexander Died at 63 (1887-1950)

27
80 19
Warren Spahn is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Warren Spahn Died at 82 (1921-2003)

28
80 20
Nap Lajoie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Nap Lajoie Died at 85 (1874-1959)

The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

29
83 22
Mel Ott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mel Ott Died at 49 (1909-1958)

30
74 17
Mike Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Mike Schmidt age 68

31
68 14
Steve Carlton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Steve Carlton age 73

32
69 15
Sandy Koufax is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Sandy Koufax age 82

33
70 16
Tom Seaver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Tom Seaver age 73

34
75 19
Eddie Collins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Collins Died at 64 (1887-1951)

35
85 25
Johnny Bench is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Johnny Bench age 70

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36
85 25
Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Ernie Banks age 87

37
64 13
Lefty Grove is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lefty Grove Died at 75 (1900-1975)

38
66 15
Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

39
80 24
Carl Yastrzemski is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

40
70 18
Rod Carew is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Rod Carew age 72

41
70 18
Cap Anson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Cap Anson Died at 70 (1852-1922)

42
68 17
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
65 16
Eddie Mathews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Mathews Died at 70 (1931-2001)

44
52 9
Jackie Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Jackie Robinson Died at 53 (1919-1972)

45
59 13
George Brett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
George Brett age 64

46
66 18
Paul Waner is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Paul Waner Died at 62 (1903-1965)

47
63 18
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
56 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
56 14
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

50
66 21
Lou Brock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame
Lou Brock age 78