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Updated on November 25, 2014

Baseball Hall of Fame

Welcome MLB fans to the baseball hall of fame - best baseball players of all time in MLB!

Vote on your favorite in baseball prospects for this top ten list of players in MLB history. While you are here, you can also browse our ever-changing collections of unique memorabilia and rare baseball cards.

Enjoy this journey through baseball history and speak UP about your own favorite players and baseball stories of all time.

Who are YOUR top favorite players ever in the baseball hall of fame?

Listen to Harry Carey while viewing if you like, it's a classic!

Remember Harry Caray leading this song before the games?

"Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd..."

The video below is included here as a tribute to the one and only

Harry Caray was considered to be the most popular baseball announcer of all time

and certainly was a legendary part of the MLB for many decades.

Remember this? "It might be, it could be...it IS! A home run!" and of course... "Holy Cow!"




1. Babe Ruth, the Great Bambino, the Sultan of Swat

Nicknamed 'the Great Bambino' and 'the Sultan of Swat', Babe Ruth was a Major League baseball player from 1914-1935. His major league career began with the Boston Red Sox as a starting pitcher.

Babe Ruth was sold to the New York Yankees in 1919, and then he converted to a full-time right fielder. Soon afterward he became one of the hottest hitters in MLB history. The Yankees won seven pennants and four World Series titles during Babe Ruth's time with the team.

Babe Ruth retired after a short stint with the Boston Braves in 1935 and in 1936 he became one of the first five players ever to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Great Bambino, the Sultan of Swat, was he the greatest EVER? Or NOT?



2. Willie Mays - The Say Hey Kid - Willie Mays - Considered the greatest all-around baseball player of all time!

Quote from Leo Durocher about Willie Mays. "He could do the five things you have to do to be a superstar: hit, hit with power, run, throw, and field. And he had that other ingredient that turns a superstar into a super superstar. He lit up the room when he came in. He was a joy to be around."

Willie Mays Career Highlights:

* elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979, his first year of eligibility.

* won two MVP awards and tied Stan Musial's record with 24 appearances in the All-Star Game

* ended his career with 660 home runs, fourth place in all-time.

* highest-ranking living player according to the Sporting News in 1999

* the only Major League player to have hit a home run in every inning from the 1st through the 16th

* finished his career with a record 22 extra-inning home runs

* one of only five players in the MLB to have eight consecutive 100-RBI seasons

* hit 50 or more home runs in both 1955 and 1965, making this the longest stretch between 50 plus home run seasons for any player in Major League Baseball history.

Most of his baseball career was spent with the New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants. He was with the New York Mets when he retired.



3. Ty Cobb - December 18, 1886 - July 17, 1961

Also known as The Georgia Peach - Ty Cobb was described by the Detroit Free Press as "daring to the point of dementia."

Ty Cobb set an amazing 90 Major League Baseball records during his career. He still still holds several of them as of 2011, including the highest career batting average of 367. Nicknamed 'The Georgia Peach' after his home state,

Cobb was an outfielder who spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, and then finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. His prowess as an athlete was sometimes shadowed by an aggressive playing style and surly attitude.

His father had died tragically and Cobb later attributed his ferocious play to the death of his father, saying, "I did it for my father. He never got to see me play ... but I knew he was watching me, and I never let him down."

Baseball is 90% mental.

The other half is physical.

— Yogi Berra

4. Walter Johnson - November 6, 1887 - December 10, 1946

Walter Johnson - The Big Train - His overpowering fastball was the main reason for Johnson's exceptional baseball statistics. Walter Johnson played his entire 21-year baseball career on the Washington Senators from 1907 until 1927. His pitching records were legendary, and some remain unbroken today. For example he remains the all-time career leader in shutouts with by far with 110.

Johnson was the only player in the 3,000 strikeout club for over 50 years until Bob Gibson broke that record in 1974. Johnson's gentle nature was legendary, and to this day he is considered an example of good sportsmanship and friendly competition.



"As far as I'm concerned, (Hank) Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last fifteen years what Joe DiMaggio was before him.

He's never received the credit he's due."

— Mickey Mantle about Hank Aaron

5. Hank Aaron - Hammerin' Hank - Hank set the record for most home runs in a baseball career at 755!

Hank Aaron played baseball at a consistently high level for decades. One of his many notable achievements was breaking the career home run record set by Babe Ruth and he is the only player to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times.

Aaron made the All-Star team every year from 1955 until 1975 and won three Gold Glove Awards. In 1957, he won the National League MVP Award and won the World Series with the Braves that same year.

Hank Aaron is the last of the Negro league baseball players to have played in the major leagues. Hank was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982.



6. Lou Gehrig - The Iron Horse - Lou Gehrig is remembered in MLB for his prowess as a hitter

As a 17 year old high school boy, Lou Gehrig earned national attention while playing in a game at Cubs Park (now Wrigley Field) on June 26, 1920. His high school team was playing in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 spectators when Gehrig hit a grand slam completely out of the ballpark! This was an unheard-of feat for a 17-year old high school kid.

Gehrig played first base for his entire 17-year baseball career (1923-1939) with the New York Yankees. He set many major league records and still holds the record for most career grand slams at 23.

Gehrig is remembered for his prowess as a hitter, for his "Iron Horse' durability in consecutive games-played, and also his sad farewell from baseball at age 36, when he was stricken with a fatal neurological disease.


7. Christy Mathewson - The Big Six

Christy Matthewson - The Big Six - 373 career wins as a pitcher

During his 17-year career as a right-handed pitcher, Mathewson won 373 games and lost 188 for an outstanding .665 winning percentage. His career ERA of 2.13 and 79 career shutouts are among the best all-time for pitchers. His 373 wins remains still the number one record for pitching in the National League.

The Giants won the 1905 World Series over the Philadelphia Athletics with Matthewson dominant on the pitching mound. During that series in a span of only six days, Mathewson had pitched three complete games without allowing even one run!


Baseball or Moneyball?

Has modern baseball become moneyball?

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Changes in the MLB

Some baseball fans are appalled at the emphasis on money and player salaries having a large effect on modern MLB decisions. Heard the story "Moneyball" which has been produced both in book and film? Links below.

Player salaries and large differences between various ball club budgets emerge as a force to be reckoned with in the MLB.

Moneyball - The Book

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Whether you agree with this author or not, most will find this an interesting perspective on the game of baseball. If player budgets are critical in putting together a winning MLB team, then how could one of the poorest teams in the MLB be a recurring winner?

Using the Oakland As as an example, this is a compelling read about the inner workings inside the history of baseball in the US.

Which IS it? Baseball or moneyball?

 

"Moneyball" the Movie

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The film "Moneyball" is about the true story of the 2002 season for the Oakland A's. Manager Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) rebuilt the entire team against enormous financial constraints using only computer analysis and player stats.

This was was a pivotal moment in MLB history, one well worth documenting. Moneyball takes the audience into the mind of Oakland A's manager as he faces tough circumstances.

Brad Pitt is in top form in this film as he expresses the determination of a manager who has not achieved success yet isn't ready to give up.

 

8. Ted Williams - August 30, 1918 - July 5, 2002

Ted Williams - "The Thumper" - 521 Career Homeruns in MLB!

Williams played his entire 21-year Major League Baseball career as the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox. He was a two-time American League MVP winner, and earned the nickname "Thumper' for his amazing prowess at batting.

He led the league in batting six times and won the Triple Crown twice. A 19 time All-Star, he had a career batting average of .344 with 521 home runs, the highest career batting average in history. His career best year was 1941 - that season he hit an amazing .406 with 37 HR, 120 RBI, and 135 runs scored.

The Thumper was an obsessive student and teacher of hitting. He is known for using a lighter bat than most sluggers, because it generated a faster swing. He warned teammates not to leave their bats on the ground because they would absorb moisture and become heavier (1949). After retiring he published a book about hitting.



9. Rogers Hornsby - The Rajah

Hornsby's baseball career started when the St. Louis Cardinals signed him in 1915. He remained with the Cardinals until 1926, a World Series winning year for the Cards.

He was traded to the New York Giants after that season, then to the Boston Braves, and then traded again to the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs released him in 1932, and he ended up with the St. Louis Browns until his final season in 1937. He managed the Browns and the Cincinnati Reds in the 1950s after his career had ended.

Hornsby was one of the best batters ever to play baseball. His career batting average of .358 is second only to Ty Cobb in MLB history. He also won two Triple Crowns, and he batted .400 or more three times during his career. He is the only player to hit 40 home runs and bat .400 in the same year (1922).

His batting average for the 1924 season was .424, a mark that no player since has matched. Hornsby was renowned for his speed and many call him the fastest player to have ever played major league baseball. His speed was compared to that of the young Mickey Mantle.



10. Stan Musial - MLB Hero - STAN THE MAN!

STAN the MAN Musial ==> 24 MLB All Star Games and a .331 lifetime batting average!

Stan Musial's first professional contract was in the role of a pitcher in 1938, but Musial was converted into an outfielder prior to his major league debut in 1941. Musial played 22 seasons in the MLB for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1941 to 1963.

Musial established himself as a consistent and productive hitter, and is often noted for his unique batting stance. The Cardinals won the World Series during Musial's first season in 1942. Then the next year, he led the National League in six different offensive categories and earned his first MVP award.

He was also named an All-Star for the first time that year and was selected to every All-Star Game in every season he played from then on, which tied with Willie Mays record at 24 all star games.

Following his retirement, Musial has been a successful businessman and restaurant owner. Stan the Man remains a popular figure in the Saint Louis area. When asked why he always seemed so happy, he remarked, "If you had a .331 lifetime batting average, you'd be happy all the time, too!"

In 1985, Stan the Man opened and operated the Inn at Grand Glaize at the Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. In 1989, he was inducted into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.



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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Sylvestermouse: Hope you enjoyed the hourney through Major League Baseball history.

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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Wednesday-Elf: Hey thanks Pat. I appreciate the feature.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks to you and Wednesday_Elf, I am really learning a lot about baseball!

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      One of my favorite Squidoo baseball lenses. This has been featured on the "Review This" blog today. http://reviewthispersonalreviews.blogspot.com/

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      Wednesday-Elf 3 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Stopping back by today to celebrate one of the 'best of the best' Hank Aaron on the 40th anniversary of his 715th home run (4/8/1974), breaking Babe Ruth's record!

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      QuizSquid 3 years ago

      Great lens. Great list. Great historical perspective and not a bunch of players from one era.

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      BrendanRichardson 3 years ago

      It's tough to overtake Babe Ruth as the best, but I'm honored to share the same birthday as the great Willie Mays!

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      Carolan Ross 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @clouda9 lm: HA! Bowel obstruction indeed! An ego the size of Wyoming and unable to discuss opinions in a mature manner. Take all kinds. Thug.

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      ConvenientCalendar 4 years ago

      Great list!

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      great lens, I was a big fan of baseball when The Big Red Machine was together. I was surprised at the names I remembered on your list. They all deserved to be on it.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      What a lot of interesting facts and fan information.

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      Perrin 4 years ago from South Carolina

      What a thoroughly enjoyable lens! Great job!

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      VelocityBaseballPitcher 5 years ago

      Great lens! Love and miss the days of old school baseball!!

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      Thankfultw 5 years ago

      My favorite: Bill Russell of the Dodgers. Not a baseball expert, just know who I like, lol....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @sentanta lm: No Way

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Rob My Fav Game

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      VelocityBaseballPitcher 5 years ago

      Very good list!

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      sentanta lm 5 years ago

      @kglobal: do you think jeter is better than wagner?

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      kglobal 5 years ago

      Good stuff... but need to see Honus Wagner

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Isn't it weird that most of the greatest players were from long ago? Is that because not enough years have past for us to appreciate today's greats like Ken Griffey Junior?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What about honus wagner ?

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      SellClean 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Go Cards!!!!

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      compugraphd 5 years ago

      B"H

      I am a huge fan of Henry Louis Gehrig. I share his birthday and I think he was a class act.

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Great list! I really enjoyed watching the Harry Carey video.

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Excellent list of some of the greatest players to ever play the game. I especially like Willie Mays for his fielding skills( the "basket catch" is forever imprinted in my mind) ...Mr. Mays played with a lot of flair.

      Hank Aaron is another of my favorite player because of his consistency and hitting prowess. Had the opportunity to see many of his bats turned while an employee of Hillerich & Bradsby from 1969 to 1973.

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      JustRelax LM 5 years ago

      Great lens on the American past time! I love baseball!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hard for me to vote for anyone other than Hammering Hank. Third most career hits and second on home run list. Never hit 50 homers in any given season, which means he was consistent.

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      Tim Spears 5 years ago

      Great lens on legends of baseball.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Honorable mention to Bill Mazeroski and Roberto Clemente :)

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Honorable mention to Bill Mazeroski and Roberto Clemente :)

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      Shadrosky 5 years ago

      Good lens, very nice list!

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Great lens covering many wonderful baseball's best players. I have always loved playing but lost interest in a lot of sports at the pro level as the players were owned. It was no longer a game but became like politics. It's hard now to even find little town softball leagues going on. Sports brought pride and folks together, now it's all about money, sad but true. Love this lens of days gone by.

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      I enjoyed listening to the games on the radio with my dad when I was a kid. This is a well done lens.

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      magictricksdotcom 5 years ago

      Great lens! Can never read enough about Babe Ruth. Interesting guy. Did you know that he was an amateur magician?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well I knew of more than half...I like Hank

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      Debi Jones 5 years ago from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

      I am a baseball fan so I really enjoy your lens! Thank You!

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      Ruthi 5 years ago

      Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, two greats--in baseball and as men.

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      Pam Irie 5 years ago from Land of Aloha

      This lens is informative, polished and graphically pleasing and it's my choice for today's quest on Squidoo. Seriously enjoyed this! :)

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I grew up on the farm, where we routinely had the radio on in the hog barns, to help pass the time during cleaning and feeding times. My brothers and I whiled away many hours listening to Minnesota Twins baseball will working at our barn chores. Great memories and a great lens! Well done!

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      entertainmentev 5 years ago

      What a great walk down memory lane! These were the best baseball players around. :)

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      Great lens. I have featured it on my MLB lens.

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      wizzard81 5 years ago

      Well it's a nice lens and those are my favorites one also !

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      BrentJamison 5 years ago

      Love this lens, especially the Harry Caray tribute at the beginning!

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      scottycarterfin 5 years ago

      Great Lens...Baseball will always be special to me as well. I might have had Roberto Clemente in there and as a Dodger Fan may have put Jackie Robinson and Sandy Koufax somewhere in there. There have been so many great players including Mickey Mantle and maybe even Pete Rose. At least none of thse guys took steroid! Enjoyed!

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      nyclittleitaly 5 years ago

      This is a very well done lens. I agree with most of your picks but I feel you can't leave out Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle off that list. Just my opinion. I think the problem is there are more then 10 great players.

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      SunshineLollipops 5 years ago

      I love baseball. I've been to Cooperstown in NY. It was great to see the Baseball Hall of Fame... so many incredible ball players. The Boston Red Sox are my favorite followed by the Chicago Cubs. Great lens... thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Your choices are great! One of my favorites is also Warren Spahn, the best left handed pitcher of all time!

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Deutschbutcher: Yes, Pujols & others are CURRENT greats in the MLB. but this page is about a focus on MLB history and past players who are now retired. Focus on active players would be an entirely different perspective, and certainly would include Pujols, no doubt about it.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @ben10ten lm: Yeah Barry Bonds held a great record, wasn't included here NOT only due to steroid use though that was an obvious negative, also his ego the size of Wyoming and lack of a team player attitude kept him from being included in this list.

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      Deutschbutcher 5 years ago

      Couldn't agree more with this list if it were pre-1980s. However you are forgetting some of the curent greats. Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun. Check out my baseball related lens here: How to Field a Ground Ball

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      ben10ten lm 5 years ago

      No matter if he used roids or not, I think Barry bonds should be on this list. Cool lens.

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      homeschoolmomof4 5 years ago

      Great amount of information. Tough choice.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens! It's great to look back on all the great players. Some of my favorites are on your list.

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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Tough to argue the list, but everyone has their own opinion and can argue why their favorites were not posted. This is what makes sports so great. I would point towards players that I actually saw, like Mike Schmidt and Nolan Ryan and make their case to get on this list. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Interesting list. This is a subject fans could argue forever. Very nice lens.

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      What kind of a Squidoo Babeball lens is this without mentioning Roberto Clemente or Carl Yastremski .... ??? And who the heck was Babe Ruth ... never heard of him .. LOL

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      TheBaseballCoach 6 years ago

      I coach teener baseball and I love your lens. Glad to see that no steroid era guys are in it.

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I love that you included the nicknames for each of the top ten baseball players. I was familiar with most of them, at least by name if not by their accomplishments, but hadn't seen all of the nicknames before. Very cool! Nicely presented, too. Well done and a great read!

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I love that you included the nicknames for each of the top ten baseball players. I was familiar with most of them, at least by name if not by their accomplishments, but hadn't seen all of the nicknames before. Very cool! Nicely presented, too. Well done and a great read!

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      robertsugar lm 6 years ago

      I am planning to start playing baseball.

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      hughgrissettsr lm 6 years ago

      great lens! super choices! luv baseball and music!

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      yano jl 6 years ago

      Very cool list - not just for content but because it encourages a really fun debate. For my money, Willie Mays is No.1 - Everything he did, he did better. This is already a popular lens, but I'm adding one more SquidLike because I dig this kind of stuff. Thanks.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Mays,Aaron and Clemente then it's a discussion after them!!!!

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Love, love what you have done with this baseball fan lens. Ahhh-mazing! *Blessed because I wuv you and baseball. :)

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      aqenter 6 years ago

      Maybe in a few years Albert Pujols and Pedro Martinez can be on the list

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Can't say that I disagree with your list at all. Thank you for a great lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What a wonderful line up and so much wonderful baseball history to enjoy!

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @gogolf162: Ironic? I grew up listening to guys like Harry Caray & Jack Buck, dad always had them on the radio during baseball season. So in my mind those guys are an important part of baseball history in the US. Maybe you have to be from the midwest to 'get' that. :-)

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Wednesday-Elf: Yep, Berkman is awesome for sure, and we are fortunate to have him. Though my favorite is still Yadi. :-)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      sure was great viewing this. Saw pictures that I never saw before. If you also like browsing lens like I do, mine has a great educational topic with poll questions for my readers to enjoy.

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      ScareYouDiva 6 years ago

      I never heard of Christy Mathewson before - thanks for the info. Ty's my fave though.

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      dexter yarbroug1 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed this lens. Thanks for sharing!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Just got through watching the Cardinals and the Cubs on Sunday Night Baseball, so decided to stop back by to say hi to another Cardinal fan. :-) BTW, I've decided my new favorite Cardinal is Lance Berkman. I have enjoyed his performance as a Cardinal this season so much. And he got HR #28 (tops in the NL) tonight. Good game (despite the loss).

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      gogolf162 6 years ago

      Harry Caray featured with the top 10 baseball players? How ironic.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      In my 25 years of coaching baseball I have seen many great players come and go. Many were gifted players that were great high school players that excelled and made it to the next level. Others were not so gifted players that worked their rear ends off to make themselves into great players. In fact, a couple has even made it to the Big Leagues in the MLB Draft. This article outlines what it takes to fail. It outlines the five traits of the player that is destined to fail at any level. Those traits are "Will Nots" that the player practices regularly. batting cages

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      QuinnWolf LM 6 years ago

      This must have been such a hard lens only limiitind it to 10 players. So many had to be left out like Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, etc.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      So many great players, hard to choose. Can't argue with any of your picks.

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      Jerrad28 6 years ago

      That's tough to be able to narrow it down to top 10, great job!

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      DMWaters 6 years ago

      I love your top ten picks. I couldn't agree more. I am glad that you did not forget the older playsers as they really were GREAT!

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @OhMe: Hey thanks, will do same. Best to you!!!

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @hunksparrow: Micky Mantle and Joe DiMaggio have been added to the list above, thanks for visiting and that suggestion - agree they are among the greatest in baseball of all time.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to this great lens and when my latest lens go live, I will be back again to lensroll. I just published one about the Baseball Card Adventure Series by Dan Gutman and this lens would be a great lensroll.

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Great list--it's tough to do one. Two of my favorites (who didn't make the list) I like to read about are Mickey Mantle and Joe Dimaggio.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Including players prior to segregation is certainly suspect;baseball talent peaked during the baby boomer age that included ALL. Mays, Clemente ,Aaron and Mantle are the premier players of that PEAK ERA

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      AlisonMeacham 6 years ago

      I have to confess I know absolutely nothing about baseball but I know how much work must have gone in to this lens. Squid Angel Blessings to you.

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      Jools99 6 years ago

      I'm a UK baseball fan and just learning about the baseball greats so thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @garyrh1: to state that Babe Ruth is overrated .is like saying The Beatles are overrated , have you looked at the stats ? both as a Hitter and Dominating Pitcher. he could have been a HOF pitcher if he had stayed in that roll. it is hard to compare eras, but i do know Ruth didn't use steroids either. look at the numbers, the consistency, Overrated? I think not.

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      garyrh1 6 years ago

      In all honesty, I've believed for a long time that Babe Ruth was overrated. Yes, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but the pure amount of love and the belief by many that he is the greatest person to ever play the game is a bit much.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Well done and great choices! Blessed by a Squid Angel today.

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      I know absolutely NOTHING about baseball. But i wish I did. It looks fun.

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      Great bunch of pick's their all terrific:) Nicely done lens!!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Just had to return -- as the 2011 Baseball Season gets ready to begin -- and tell you how much I've enjoyed this story. All spruced up for Springtime Baseball! Go Cards! :-)

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @Spook LM: Yeah, the Great Bambino will always be legendary to baseball, no doubt about it.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      @clouda9 lm: wow thanks! green angel dust? cool!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      I'm with Babe Ruth nobody to touch him.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Looking good! "Lucky Leprechaun Blessing" :* and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/my-angel-wings

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      TapIn2U 6 years ago

      Babe Ruth is a legend! Thanks for this list. What an inspiring tribute to these great baseball players. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Stan the Man. Yes, that list just about does it!

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      TyGatti LM 6 years ago

      Great lens :) I don't know much about baseball at all but still found this lens interesting :)

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      emoiy90 6 years ago

      great lens. I like to watch baseball