The Greatest Hitters in Baseball History

One of the most popular spectator team sports, baseball is exciting to watch! It would be safe to say that the sport relies considerably on the hitters who play an important role. Batting is not easy--don’t let those talented hitters fool you into thinking it’s as effortless as they make it seem! Hitting is an action unique to baseball and one of the most difficult feats in sports. A player needs deep focusing power and impeccable hand-eye coordination to truly excel as a hitter. Check out our list of the greatest hitters in baseball history.

1. Ty Cobb

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Also Known As: Tyrus Raymond Cobb
Birthday: 18 December 1886
Born In: Narrows
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died On: 17 July 1961
Nicknamed The Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb was a MLB outfielder. He spent 22 seasons of his career with the Detroit Tigers. Credited with setting 90 MLB records during his career, he is counted among the greatest hitters in baseball of all time.

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Birthday: 06 February 1895
Born In: Baltimore
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died On: 16 August 1948
Considered one of the greatest baseball players in history, Babe Ruth had a career in MLB that spanned 22 seasons. While he played for other teams as well, he is best remembered for his stint as a slugging outfielder for the New York Yankees. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936.

3. Rogers Hornsby

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Also Known As: Rogers Hornsby, Sr.
Birthday: 27 April 1896
Born In: Winters
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died On: 05 January 1963
Baseball infielder, manager, and coach Rogers Hornsby played 23 seasons in MLB. He played for numerous teams, including the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Browns. He had 2,930 hits and 301 home runs in his career and is regarded as one of the best hitters of all time.

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Also Known As: Theodore Samuel Williams
Birthday: 30 August 1918
Born In: San Diego
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died On: 05 July 2002
Professional baseball player Ted Williams played his entire 19-year MLB career for the Boston Red Sox, primarily as a left fielder.  He is regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. He was a nineteen-time All-Star and a two-time recipient of the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player Award.

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Also Known As: Henry Louis Gehrig
Birthday: 19 June 1903
Born In: Yorkville, New York City, New York
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died On: 02 June 1941
Professional baseball first baseman Lou Gehrig played 17 seasons in MLB, spending his entire career with the New York Yankees. He was an All-Star seven consecutive times and a Triple Crown winner once. A member of six World Series champion teams, he set numerous world records during his career.