The best hitters in baseball history are those who hold the all-time hitting records in Major League Baseball, change the game as we know it today and are uncoincidentially among the greatest baseball players of all time. These sluggers dominated the hits during their respective times in the league and captivated audiences at the same time.
If you were to pick a top hitter for your all-time top baseball fantasy team, you’d be silly not to select these best baseball hitters as soon as possible.Interestingly enough, many of the best baseball hitters of all time are those who were active in professional baseball many decades ago.
Pete Rose, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and Stan Musial all hold the top spots among the most hits ever recorded with Rose leading the pack at 4,256 over his career. Rose finished his career in 1986 and his record has withstood many valiant attempts to be broken in the years since.
But the best hitters cannot be defined by the number of career hits alone.
On that stat, arguably the best baseball hitter of all time, Babe Ruth, would rank in the 40s. Ruth however holds top numbers for his home runs, slugging percentage, runs batted in and on-base plug slugging stats.
Lou Gherig is another who’d fall into that category with his major league records for the most grand slams, a figure since topped by a great modern slugger, Alex Rodriguez.So we’re left with a conundrum.
Do we deem those great players from yesteryear, like Willie Mays, Ted Williams and Shoeless Joe Jackson as the best baseball hitters of all time or do we give some love to those current top baseball players, like Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols and Derek Jeter, who have surpassed many of these older records? Tell us how you feel by voting for the best hitters in baseball history below!
Shoeless Joe Jackson
Ken Griffey, Jr.
Home Run Baker
Cal Ripken, Jr.