Top 5 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

The All-Time Greats

Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth
Ty Cobb
Ty Cobb
Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle
Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig
Willie Mays
Willie Mays

Baseball's Greats

Baseball is America's national past time and it has been that way since baseball was started in the late 1800's. As the sport has grown it has fostered some of the greatest athletes to ever come through sports and so with this list of the top 5 greatest baseball players of all time I wish to let everyone know who I believe are, the best baseball players of all time.

1. Babe Ruth

-Everyone knew this guy was going to be #1 on the list because he is the #1 on every list. Not only was he one of, if not THE GREATEST HITTER of all time, but he also was an outstanding pitcher until he gained a little weight due to beer consumption. In my book he still is the career Homerun record holder because he never used steroids to gain an advantage since they weren't invented, haha. But the Babe was an all-american type guy and so was his ability in baseball.

2. Ty Cobb

-Though his history is not as well known as the Babe's Ty Cobb is defintely one of the greatest players of all time. He at one time held the record for most career stolen bases until that record was broken by Ricky Henderson, also an all-time great. But what Ty Cobb was famous for was his attitude on the diamond, not only was he a great hitter and runner, but he also had the most confident/cocky attitude a man could have. He was either hated or loved, but he did not care about his appearance, just about his ability on the diamond.

3. Mickey Mantle

-Mickey Mantle to this day is probably the greatest switch hitter of all time in the history of baseball. His hitting ability was legendary and still holds the career record for Homeruns by a switch hitter. Though his hitting was spectacular Mantle was also well known for his defensive ability and throwing arm. He hit homeruns, made diving catches, and threw people out at homeplate, and that's why he is one of the greatest.

4. Lou Gehrig

-Many people know the story of Lou Gehrig because of the famous disease named after him, but many people don't know just how great a ball player Lou was. He was one of the greatest power hitters of all time belting over 500 homerun in his shortened career. Lou was also had very good hands at first-base and rarely let a ball get past him. Many people believed Gehrig would have past 600 homerun if he had not contracted a disease to be named after him following his death. He is also famous for his speech he gave at Yankee Stadium where he called himself, "The Luckiest man on the face of the earth."

5. Willie Mays

-Willie Mays is one of the best overall athletes and baseball players that have ever graced the field. Willie has a career Batting average of .302 with 3283 hits and 660 Home runs! Famous for his beautiful basket catches "The Willie Mays Catch" he is always a fun player to watch in the old highlight room. Athletic, fast, and powerful without any performance enhancing drugs makes him one of the best 5 tool players of all time.

-These 5 players are from my own opinions formed from being a huge baseball fan my entire life, and If you want too, I would love to hear what you think about my list! Louisville Slugger Baseball Gloves

-God Bless

-The Franklin


Comments 19 comments

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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

Sorry but no list Is complete without Willie Mays being at or near the top !


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the franklin 7 years ago Author

Oh so true, don't know how i completely forgot about willie, I'll add in a section of him today


David 6 years ago

You had me until Bo Jackson. What!?

Willie Mays and Hank Aaron are conspicous by their absences.


Mr. Phil 6 years ago

Willie Mays, if not the best ever he's top 3 for sure. He certainly belongs ahead of Mickey Mantle. I believe Hank Aaron should be as well. And Stan Musial? The man never, ever batted under .323 in any month of his career. 24x All-Star, along with Mays. Each of their career totals would've been even better, but they served in the military (in their prime).


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bogerk 6 years ago from Midwest

Hank Aaron should not only be in the top 3 of this list but he would also be #1 for all-time baseball ambassadors.


Wayne 5 years ago

Willie mays belongs in the top 3 or 4. I caught his 559th home run ball in1967


Lukaivan 5 years ago

Gehrig only had 493 homeruns, not over 500. Pretty good lisr, certainly Bo Jackson does not belong though. I would put Pujols there instead.


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4yearstrong 5 years ago

hahaha bo????? great hub though!


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UhOhChongo 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Bo? C'mon. Was a great overall athlete though. Whether you like him or not, steroids or no steroids, Barry Bonds was probably one of the greatest baseball players ever.

Ty Cobb? Sorry, those old stats don't convert into modern times. He may have been intimidating back then. Today? Yeah, right.

Better players than Mantle........ Mays, Aaron, DiMaggio.

Gehrig was great but Foxx was his equal.


alex 5 years ago

u forgot about cristy mattewson instead of bo


alex 5 years ago

u forgot about cristy mattewson instead of bo


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Cecelia Millhouse 5 years ago from Sanford, North Carolina

Yes I agree with tony0724 and the franklin!! Where is Willie and Hank, I agree with every one of these people except bo, nonetheless great hub!! I like learning a few things I didn't know


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JasonCulley 5 years ago from Cheyenne, WY

Great list and although I am a Raiders fan and huge fan of Bo Jackson I don't think he belongs in this argument. Names like Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Stan Musial heck I would even add Barry Bonds although his steroid allegations do diminish some of his accomplishments.


Drew 4 years ago

Hank Aaron didn't use steriods either, so your comment about the Babe is kinda silly


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lions44 3 years ago from Auburn, WA

Interesting list. Bo Jackson? But not Barry Bonds or Ken Griffey Jr.? Pete Rose was greater than Ty Cobb. Clemens as the greatest pitcher of all time. At least it sparked debate.


Baseballkid 3 years ago

This Hub is great! Maybe Hank Aaron should be on there also???

Barry Bonds belongs in no list.


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William15 2 years ago from America

Surprised to see Lou Gehrig, but a good list anyway!


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Jaiden Nunez 2 years ago

What about Hank Aaron? Or Barry bonds?


Ramzi 21 months ago

love StopMikeLupica and CM's comment under the svpportiue Aaron statement..Aaron pulled a brilliant bait-and-switch on Selig and everyone else ..everyone in the media has been trumpeting the close Aaron/Selig friendship .Aaron's statement is, in its own a way an F-you to years of racism, the media and the Bonds-bashers out there (including Selig). On the heels of mainstream media's recent canonization of Aaron Aaron's statement is brilliant (and must be validated according to the same canonizing' logic)

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