Baseball’s place in the American zeitgeist comes, at least in part, from its long history, Here’s the list of greatest Baseball Players.
Greatest Baseball Players of All Time, have a look.
Nothing says summer quite like baseball, the American national pastime.
it’s quite likely that your great-great-grandfather would be able to easily follow a modern game if he were magically plopped into the stands.
This history and consistency make it a bit easier to compare players from much different eras than it is to do so for other sports, which is what I’ll be attempting here. Let’s see how it goes!
Here’s the list Greatest Baseball Players of All Time :
Over the course of his illustrious 24-year career, Roger Clemens amassed a record seven Cy Young Awards as the best pitcher of the year in either the American or National League and threw 4,672 strikeouts, the third most of all time.
In 1986 he became one of the rare starting pitchers to win a league MVP award after he posted a 24–4 record with a 2.48 earned run average (ERA) and 238 strikeouts for the Boston Red Sox.
Moreover, he did all this while a number of opposing batters were taking steroids, which resulted in offensive statistics going through the roof at the time.
A number of modern fans probably know Honus Wagner best as the subject of the most-valuable baseball card in history, the rare 1909–11 T206 Wagner card that was produced by the American Tobacco Company.
The scarcity of the card is a big reason why it can fetch upwards of $2 million in a sale, but it wouldn’t be nearly as valuable if the person depicted on it was just a run-of-the-mill player and not one of the best to have ever stepped on a diamond.
“The Flying Dutchman” (god, they came up with such good nicknames back in the day) led the National League in batting average eight times over the course of his career and retired with a stellar .328 average despite having played during the offense-killing “dead-ball era.”
Quite possibly the greatest person on this list, “Stan the Man” was a historically good player as well as a model citizen.
The beloved St. Louis icon played his entire 22-season career with the city’s Cardinals franchise and is as inextricably linked with his town as an athlete ever has been.
Stan Musial led the Cardinals to three World Series titles (1942, 1944, and 1946) while racking up just as many MVP awards (1943, 1946, and 1948) and amassing a lifetime .331 batting average.
As evidence that he was a man with a keen eye for the ball, Musial’s highest single-season strikeout total was a paltry 46 (in 505 plate appearances) as a 41-year-old who started in the Cardinals’ outfield.
And now here’s possibly the greatest humanity drop-off in list-item history. If Musial was a fairy-tale prince when it came to comportment, Ty Cobb was the evil troll under the bridge chucking boulders at passing children.
An unrepentant racist who routinely sharpened his spikes to maximize potential injury to opponents on hard slides and who once fought a fan in the stands, Cobb was nevertheless a supremely talented player who has the greatest lifetime batting average in major-league history (.366).
He led the American League (AL) in batting average a ridiculous 12 times in his 24-year career but was by no means merely a singles hitter, as he also led the AL in slugging percentage (a statistic that measures a hitter’s power production) on eight occasions.
The flame-throwing Walter Johnson was a generational talent who defined dominant pitching for decades.
He was so great that he led the AL in strikeouts more often than not, topping the league 12 times over the course of his 21-year career.
Pitching his entire professional life for the Washington Senators, “Big Train” threw 110 career complete-game shutouts, still the most in major-league history and a record that will never be broken.
(As of this writing, the current active leader, Clayton Kershaw, has 15 over eight and a half seasons.) In 1913 he won 36 games with a 1.14 ERA and an eye-popping 0.78 WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched; a WHIP below 1.00 is considered stellar) to win the Chalmers Award, the equivalent of the modern MVP. He took a second MVP in 1924 as he led the Senators to their first World Series championship.
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