This list is of the top hitters in baseball history. You will not see any current players, because many of them have long careers left. Also, what makes a great hitter differs from person-to-person.
5. Tony Gwynn- 20 years experience
Anthony Keith Gwynn was born May 9, 1960 in Los Angeles, CA. Gwynn developed an athletic prowess in his young adulthood. After high school he attended San Diego State University, where he excelled at baseball and basketball. After college he chose to play baseball, and he soon became a star for the San Diego Padres. Gwynn was able to place the ball wherever he wanted on the field; most notably in the “5.5 Hole,” the gap between third base and shortstop. His accolades include five Gold Gloves, 15 All-Star selections, eight batting titles, and he is a Hall of Fame inductee.
CAREER STATS– .338 AVG, 3141 Hits, 135 Home Runs, 1138 RBI’s, .459 SLG
4. Pete Rose- 24 years experience
Peter Edward Rose was born April 14, 1941in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rose was a highly touted high-schooler. After high school he signed with the Cincinnati Reds where he became a hitting machine. Rose was a player who would hit off every pitcher he faced. Unfortunately, his reputation is not in as good condition as his stats. In January 2004, Rose admitting to betting on the Reds while he was managing the team. Commissioner Bud Selig then banned Pete Rose from baseball, and his future is unknown.
CAREER STATS– .303 AVG, 4256 Hits, 160 Home Runs, 1314 RBI’s, .409 SLG
3. Babe Ruth- 22 years experience
George Herman Ruth was born February 6, 1895 in Baltimore, MD. Ruth excelled at both pitching and hitting during his long career with the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees, and the Boston Braves. He became an everyday outfielder for the Yankees in 1920, where he won seven AL Pennants and four World Series. Ruth is considered to be the one of the best power hitters to ever play the game.
CAREER STATS– .303 AVG, 2873 Hits, 714 Home Runs, 1983 RBI’s, .690 SLG
2. Ted Williams- 19 years experience
Theodore Samuel Williams was born August 30, 1918 in San Diego, CA. Spending his whole career with the Red Sox he used what seemed to be a scientific approach to being a better hitter. Williams stats are amazing, but he lost almost five seasons of baseball due to military service and injuries. Even without those seasons Williams had two Triple Crowns, two MVPs, 17 All-Star selections, and six American League batting championships. Williams hitting was an amazing combination of contact, placement, and power. That makes him a great hitter.
CAREER STATS– .344 AVG, 2654 Hits, 521 Home Runs, 1839 RBI’s, .634 SLG
1. Hank Aaron- 23 years experience
Henry Louis Aaron was born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, AL. Aaron’s batting was of powerhouse style. He holds the records for most Home Runs*, RBI’s, extra base hits, total bases, and All-Star Selections. Aaron received three Gold Gloves, one MVP, and was selected to 25 All-Star games. Hitting as many Home Runs as Aaron did would have been hard for anyone, but it was especially hard for him. Aaron had to deal with constant harrassment, death letters, and various threats. Even After all that Aaron is still the Home Run king.
CAREER STATS– .305 AVG, 3771 Hits, 755 Home Runs, 2297 RBI’s, .555 SLG
Honorable Mention- Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Willie Mays
*Barry Bonds currently holds the all-time Home Run record, but it is disputed due to steroid controversy.