Top Ten Best Baseball Players of All Time
The Top Ten
He was a great pitcher and hitter. He changed the game and dominated like no other player. And Bonds should be number two. Who cares about steroids, almost every player does them, but that doesn't mean you are going to be great. People who think steroids are an advantage are idiots.
Or are they smart? McGwire and Sosa used steroids to chase the home run record. Then Bonds started using after '98 and hit even more home runs. Coincidence? Not.
Played in the dead era, hit more homeruns than entire teams in a season, he is the greatest player ever, the Great BAMBINO
Yes best player ever to play the game because he hit in the dead ball era and hit the ball with power to all fields. He would of had another 40 to 50 home-runs in the 1925 season if he was not suspended because he was having marriage problems with his first wife. Thank God his second wife helped him and he hit the record of 60 home runs in the 1927 season a record that stood until Roger Maris hit 61 in 1961 as a Yankee. Henry Aaron came to bat 2000 times more than the babe and if they did not walk Ruth so much he would of hit 800 or more home runs. He would of been a great manager as well but was never given the opportunity because of prejudice. He was as good as a pitcher as anyone in either league at the time in his career as a Boston Red Sox pitcher. He saved the game because of the 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal where people would of lost interest in the game if it were not for the Babe hitting home runs when others were not hitting them. He made the game our "NATIONAL PASTIME" ...more
Dominated his era more then anyone else has dominated there's.
Its hard to decide who is better but there all really amazing but based on overall it is about skills and athleticism. Willie Mays and Jackie Robinson were so fast for baseball players baseball does not take as much speed as some other sports but it takes speed too and Willie also has lots of strength and endurance. Athletes like Babe Ruth would naturally have more strength. Also willie mays was more athletic and he had the best skills. He is an amazing legend he could hit more home runs on a regular basis he could be a little better than babe ruth there both so good. Willie Mays had better hitting than pitching and better pitching than catching. He was really good for all of that. A record can always be broken in every 60 years however it is also about trying your best and passion for sports.
While Babe Ruth was a great player, Willie Mays is the best position player ever. He could hit, catch, throw and run with the ability no other player had. As a hitter, he had to face probably the best pitchers that baseball has ever had, nevertheless, he finished his career with 660 homers playing in the extremely huge Polo Grounds first, then in Candlestick Park, where the wind blew in from left field. Two years in the army at the peak of his career surely deprived him of the sixty or so additional home runs that he needed to top Ruth. Also, he was quietly approaching Ruth's career mark in 1955, but at some point his manager, Leo Durocher, made the decision to told Mays to hit less homers and increase his singles and doubles production as Durocher thought that Mays was most helpful to the teams as a higher average hitter. That year Willie finished the season with 51 home runs.
Ruth was a great player. But he spent most of his career at Yankee Stadium, where the right field ...more
The only player with the talent to do everything (hit for power and average, field, rocket arm, run -- both speed and smart, and all the intangibles) all at the highest level; super smart player also.
Doing that all in a time that was very hard for black players, playing for teams in ball parks that weren't hitters parks (think of what he could have done in a hitters parks -- 800 home runes easy and higher average) and he lost a couple of prime years in the military and playing a few years in the Negro league still had statistics that virtually everyone drools at.
Not to mention things like:
- Most golden gloves for an outfielder and he played in the majors 6 years BEFORE they started giving out the award
- I believe he was the first National Leaguer to join the 30-30 club, one of a few people to ever be in the 20-20-20 and 20-20-20-20 club (and I think the first person to be all of them)
- Was named Player of the Decade in the 1960's
- If I ...more
To me, Mays was the best player to ever to put on a uniform. One fundamental mistake fans make is that they look solely at career stats and fail to look at context. Career stats only tell part of the story. Mays was clearly a better player than Aaron. Peers of both Aaron and Mays almost universally say that Mays was the better player. And actually Clemente was a better player than Aaron. Mays was a much better fielder and base runner than Aaron. Their hitting prowess is comparable. However, Willie had the disadvantage of 1) playing in the Polo Grounds; 2) playing at windy Candlestick Park; 3) being drafted for military service, interupting his career. If Mays had played his career in Milwaukee's County Stadium and in Atlanta and Aaron had played where Willie played most of their career hitting stats would be reversed (ie. Mays would have 755 HRs and Aaron would have 660 HRs).
I think Aaron should be above Willie Mays because Aaron was three times better than Mays. Of course, he never hit 50 homers in a season, but he had lots of 40 homer seasons. What's surprising is that even though Henry Aaron had more total bases than anyone else, he had a lower slugging percentage than guys like Mays, Hank Greenberg, and Ted Williams. While Babe Ruth was a great player, Aaron was the greatest hitter of all time. Because Ruth was a great hitter and a great pitcher, and Aaron was a great all-around player. If you take away all of his 755 home runs, he would still have 3,000 career hits because he had 3,771 hits in his career and you subtract the total number of home runs from that and he would have 3,016 hits in his career. He had a huge amount of doubles and he had nearly 100 triples in his career. Aaron had more power than Ruth and Mays. I'd say he would still have the home run record because I don't think Barry Bonds deserves it. When he was with the Pirates Bonds was ...more
Hammering Hank was great however because he hardly never hit more than 40 home runs a year none of the pitchers ever decided to walk him that much! The fact that he averaged 40 home runs a year for 15 years was amazing and hit 35 home runs for at least 5 of his 22 year career to go on and top Ruth all time home run record. He did this with death threats to his life and much prejudiced against him and he is to be commended for going on to beat the Babe. Arron came to bat more than 2000 more than Ruth however he is to be con-graduated because he never sustained any major injuries that sidelined him for part or all of any season compared to Mickey Mantle. Henry was also a better right fielder than Ruth and has his gold gloves to prove this. He deserves great respect and honor for his service to the game even after his playing days were over.
HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS TO EVER LIVE... AND ONE OF THE BEST BRAVES
Hank araon is op
Because he is quick with his speed and agility to run fast and doesn't give up.
Let me run through Ted's stats. Ted had one of the greatest rookie seasons of all time in 1939, with 31 home runs, a.327 average, and perhaps most impressively, a league best 145 RBIs. Ted Williams still gets criticism for his 1940 season, and I'm not sure why. He hit.344. In 1941 Ted had insane stats. 38 home runs, a.406 average, 145 walks, a.553 OBP, a 1.2+ OPS, and a.735 slugging percentage. In 1942 he won the triple crown, while hitting.356 with 39 homers. He served in the military from 1943-1945, and judging by his 1940's achievements, these would've been monster seasons. When he came back in 1946, all he did was hit.346, smack 38 home runs, win the A. L MVP, and lead his team to the world series. Unfortunately he got injured. In 1947 he won the triple crown. In 1948 he hit.370. In 1949 he set the record for most consecutive games on base (89), hit.342, hammered 43 home runs, all while winning his 2nd MVP. Throughout the 50's he was plagued by 2 more more years of military ...more
I can't argue Babe Ruth as #1 for the fact that his pitching was as elite as his hitting. As far as #2 that's tougher. Hank Aaron #3 no way, and don't get it twisted I love Hank Aaron. But you see there's an unrecognized stat that I can understand my generation (born '79) not knowing, but it disappoints me that our elders ignore this and don't ever mention it to younger generations! That is that Ted Williams stopped playing baseball and enlisted in the AirForce as a fighter pilot for 6 years in the prime of his baseball career. So as far as my logic tells me the question is who is #2. I have to put Mays & Williams as a tie as Williams was the greatest hitter EVER and if you were to modestly calculate what his stats would have been if he didn't miss 6 years he blows everyone away period bar none. Yet Mays was a greater fielder one of the best ever so it's hard for me to decipher which was better because I can only look at stats and a little film. It's up to unbiased knowledgeable ...more
I'm sorry, but Albert Pujols does not belong higher on this list than Ted Williams. He hit.406! Williams could put the ball wherever he wanted, whenever he wanted. Coming from a Yankee fan, even I have to admit that Ted was the greatest ever.
Greatness on and off the field. keep in mind he did this with no help around him like Joe DiMaggio had and Mickey Mantle had and Babe Ruth had.
Cobb is second to no one, let alone 3rd! Cobb only batted under.300 once and that was his first season! He stole home when he was 42 years old, Aaron was great but has become overrated in hindsight. Ruth was great but began the downfall of baseball being tactical, beginning of the crowd pleaser brand of ball/instead of talented base hit & steal players. Ty Cobb was and is the greatest... PERIOD.
Cobb is #1 on my list followed shortly by The Mick. Cobb played with aggression which I love in a ball player because you can't be a nice guy playing baseball it just doesn't work out
Why is ty cobb so low? Huh? Most people say the greatest ever are these slow home run hitters who can't field and have low avg. Ty cobb can field, check, can hit for avg., check, can field, check, and his homeruns are pretty high for his time. All in all I'm saying that he should be no.2 at least. I think he's number 1 by far but that's just me.
Cobb is number 1 end of debate. Look at just about every offensive statistical category out there and this Tiger great retired atop or near the top of almost all of them when he retired. Who else can say that? Ruth? No. Bonds? No. Mays? No. Aaron? No. Rose? No. How many of these guys hit over.400? A. None. Cobb did it 3 different times. Cobb also retired near the top of the all time putouts & assists records for outfielders so he wasn't just a great hitter who couldn't play defense (ala Ted Williams). I don't know what the official "criteria or template" is to determine who the greatest player ever is-but there isn't a single player who excelled in more areas of the game than Ty Cobb.
Ty holds all the records except a few. If you leave his personal life out of the conservation and just judge him based on his stats he is easily hands down the best there ever was. None of us are perfect with our behaviors. there are plenty of big leaguers out there today who are much worse and I mean black and white and whatever. So back off of Ty and judge him on his playing ability.
the most consistently great hitter in the history of the game, up until he could no longer play due to ALS. Most respectful and selfless player ever
The iron horse was unbelievable amazing a really great carrier
One of the all time greats.
Will someone please look at Gehrig's 14 FULL consecutive seasons (25-38) and compare them to the BEST 14 seasons of any player keeping in mind that these years were basically his career contributions. The production of this player is staggering!
If Gehrig hadn't gotten sick and continued on his trajectory, he would have broken all of Ruth's records and would be considered the gold standard bearer of baseball. He did it all, played sick, hurt and in the shadow of Ruth but still made an indelible name for himself.
It is difficult to compare an outfielder like Mantle to an infielder or a pitcher or catcher but Mickey Mantle had great speed along with a strong arm in centre and terrorized both left and right handed pitchers with his power and average from both sides of the plate. The fact that he played in Yankee Stadium with its short fences doesn't factor into his homerun numbers due to the fact that he consistently hit tape measure home runs and still has three that have never been duplicated. He also hit under pressure in key playoff situations. Playing injured and compromised by his destructive lifestyle (that he admitted) throughout the second half of his career he was still one of the most dominant players in the game. He was a charismatic athlete and if you were old enough to remember his playing days then you know what I mean. The only other player who looked superhuman almost on a daily basis was Bo Jackson. I wish I had watched him play live because they say that you could hear the ...more
If it were not for injuries and his self destruction who knows what the record books would hold.. More raw power than anyone from both sides of the plate.. No one was faster home to first. I really believe that if Mantle were healthy he could have hit 800 home runs.. Bonds has no place on any list..
Hands down the best team player of all time as well a team mate, as far a player no one was ever better. The Mick was and all around player, hit, hit with power, outstanding fielding record, speed best ever from home to first, great base stealer 80% of time stole the base. Just in the 1963 if he had not broke is foot in Baltimore he would have easy another 30 home runs that year. All time WS records that still stand.
Amazing that Mantle had such a great career considering the leg injuries he endured. The Yankee trainer would tape both his legs from ankle to knee to ease the pain and provide some stability. Seven pounds of tape on each leg and he still managed to run like a deer to beat out those bunts. He was a winner, seven World Series rings, a triple crown winner.
Jackie Robinson should be way ahead of Barry bonds
He should have played longer then I would maybe put him up higher
First baseball player to break the color barrier. Thanks Branch Ricky. Only player to have his number retired on ALL teams.
Broke the color barrier. Changed the course of baseball. that's ALL I CAN SAY. Might not be the best player, but he changed the game the most and had the biggest impact. Bigger impact than even Babe Ruth.
I think he should be higher up b/c bak then, who actually was brave enough to be black and in the mlb, and bsides how many other people above him in the list have stole home? let me know if fatboy ruth did lol
THE KID is hands down one of the GREATEST offensive and defensive players to ever play the game! PERIOD.
I grew up idolizing Jr by far the greatest player I have ever witnessed play the sweetest swing I have ever seen plus all the gold gloves and I know everyone says IF it wasn't for his injuries with the reds he would have destroyed the record there isn't a true baseball fan or previous MLB player that deep down in there heart knows for a fact that that is absolutely positively the truth he would have shattered the record Face it THE KID aka Jr was the best
Over rated player. He wasn't even the best player on the Mariners roster.
I played with Junior as a kid and it was all natural. He was born to play ball. If not for the injuries we would all be talking about him before Willie, Hank and Mickey! Admit it. He could do it all. And his average only dropped a bit late in his career when the lower body and leg injuries took over. Junior and Thome are the only two this generation to crack 600 Homers steroid free. I know Pujols will do it but that only makes 3 in the last how many years?
The greatest pitcher ever, and remember pitching is 90% of the game. Don't get starstruck by the Babe's homers or Ty's hits. Johnson did more for his team than any other player. For an entire decade (1910-1919) he won 265 games, which was 34% of all the games won by the Senators. He won 417 total games as a Senator. No pitcher or ball player was more valuable to their team.
Walter Johnson was nicknamed the "Big Train" for his durability, and he is considered by many to be the fastest pitcher who ever lived. He retired as the all-time leader in strikeouts (with 3,509; his record got surpassed later on), and the all-time leader in shutouts (with 110). Johnson is also my favorite player of all-time.
He is one of the hardest throwing pitchers of all time. I feel bad for him because he played on some of the worst teams of all time.
Too low. He's the greatest pitcher ever. He comes in after at # 5 after Gehrig.
The only players who should be above Wagner are Ruth and Gehrig. For Pujols to be above him is sacrilege, this list is a joke.
WAGNER: One of the greatest hitters of all time, on of the greatest fielding SS of all time, could pitch a few quality innings if needed. A true gentleman, an extremely positive presence in the clubhouse.
Beast ball player arguably the best shortstop ever still not the best ever
Honus wagner was better than Ty Cobb and if he played in the live ball era he would've hit at least 1 out of the park per game!
Certainly should be ahead of Robinson. Yes, broke the color barrier, but that should be put aside when discussing actual performance on the field. Only 4 really good seasons (6+ WAR), Wagner had 12.
The most balanced hitter of all time should not be stuck at number 13. The guy had the exact same amount of hits on the road as he did at home in his career. That is the definition of balance when it is used in this sense. A 24 time All Star (there were two years, the first two of his career, where he was elected twice because back at that point in baseball history there was a spring all star game and a fall all star game. This changed after his second year), a WW2 veteran (during his playing career), a congressional Medal of Honor recipient, and one of the nicest and most down to earth ball players that you could've met: this man deserves to be higher on this list.
My great grandpa Ray new Stan the man and I will never forget about that read the book Stan the man they were good friends my answer is not biased because of that though Stan Musial is the best look at his stats best contact hitter ever 24 time all star numbers don't lie jackie your great but how are you higher than Musial just because you're the first black player and where is Roberto Clemente he is my number two
Stan the Man is SO horribly underrated. His stats are there... Just look 'em up. And... NO ONE has meant more to a city, state, and a team than Stan the Man. RIP Stan. St. Louis and a proud Cardinal Nation will ALWAYS remember you.
All-around 5-tool Great. Holds record for All Star Games, along with Mays (or Aaron? ). Held National League rrcord for hits, 3630, until Rose. Mays, Clemente, Griffey are only ones probably better 5-tool players who hit for average but not as high lifetime as Stan's.331, which is in top 10 all time. Second all time in doubles. Has most triples of any player since about 1935, could run. RBI all time about # 6. Ruth, Williams, Gehrig, Wagner, Cobb, Mantle, Mays are among top hitters all time, but only Mays had the 5 tools also. I'll concede #1 and 2 to Ruth and Mays best all time players. Then I put Musial, with best lifetime stats of any other 5 tool player!
Who cares if he gambled at least he was a tough ball player and was not afraid to get his shoes dirty like the players now who are traded to different teams every couple of years. He deserves to be in the hall of fame not like cal Rippen jr who nobody even knows about or gives a hoot about. I know a lot about baseball and my statement is very true. I am not saying Pete rose should be first place but at least give 3 place or something like that.
Even though he did not make the hall of fame he gambled as a manager. Don't listen to those people. He's, a hall of famer on my list. Same thing happend to shoeless joe jackson.
Pete Rose should never gave been banned from baseball for life. Other players have done much more to damage the game then Rose and never been banned for LIFE. His sentence was the most disproportionate punishment in the history of baseball, with the exception of the Black Sox scandal.
The ''KING'' of HITS! Yep. Charlie Hustle is the HITS KING! And I'll tell you what ... this MAN has more HITS than any other player in baseball history! There is NO OTHER MAN in the Majors to be in the 4,000 HITS CLUB, other than PETE ROSE and the Legendary -- TY COBB! Yep. That's it! And TY COBB was once named THE GREATEST BASEBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME! So, yeah! IF Ty Cobb is the Greatest and if BIG PETE has more hits in his career than Ty Cobb ... well then ... if ya do the MATH correctly -- Wouldn't that put PETE ROSE on top of the Mountain? Yep. Me thinks so! So, yeah ... if they had a MOUNT RUSHMORE for Baseball ... Pete Rose belongs there! PERIOD. Remember, you can't win a game or a world series, without hitting that ball ... and Pete Rose always hit the ball -- Always! After all, he is the KING OF HITS -- Right? ... RIGHT?!?!
... 'enough SAID!
DiMaggio- 13? His 56 game hitting streak will never be broken. He played for 13 years with 3 MVP wins. Also, he made the All-Star game every year! He won the World Series 9 times with 10 pennants. He was one of the greatest fielders to play and he had more home runs than strikeouts. Furthermore, his hitting was phenomenal. He led the AL in home runs and RBI's twice, and was the AL batting champion 2 times. He even stood out outside of baseball. He married Marilyn Monroe, went to war, got shot in his wrist, and proceeded to make the All-Star game... again. He should not be 1 but somewhere in the top 5!
Hits hit streak record will take many years till its broken he was one of the greatest.
He set outstanding records and made pitchers sweat a lot. He Should be at the top of this list.
14 years 11 world series 10 world championships. Had more home runs than strikeouts.
Albert's first 11 seasons in MLB is the best 11 year stretch in MLB history, that alone should put him in top 10. If it wasn't for that juicehead Bonds, Pujols would easily have 6 or 7 MVP awards. His accomplishments get overlooked because his era was tainted due to cheaters like bonds, sosa, a-rod, manny, etc. Also, the nicest human being I've ever met.
Pujols is not the only modern player to not use steroids. Why isn't Junior on this list. I'd take him over Bonds and Pujols. His glove was amazing and still the prettiest swing ever in baseball
Uh why is pujols above Nolan Ryan, CY YOUNG, or jeter even? He's good, but he will never have an award handed out to ever years best pitcher with his name on it, or any award with his name in it for that matter, this list is a joke
Even Lou Gehrig did not match the consistency of performance that Albert Pujols has demonstrated over his first 10 years in MLB. Albert has not benefitted from having the level of players around him that Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig had. In his early years, Albert had Mcquire, Rollins and Edmonds. Currently he has Holliday, Ramus and Ludwick. These do not match up with the players Ruth and Gehrig had on thier teams,
If your life depended on the outcome of a baseball game, you would want Sandy Koufax to pitch for you.
He won the cy young
I LOVE SANDY KOUFAX! I am doing a report on him I am ten years old!
Wish I saw more of him. Arguably the greatest stretch of pitching in the history of baseball.
To play baseball you need a glove. Roberto Clemente has 12 gold gloves, most for an outfielder. Simply the Great one in the outfield. To play baseball you need a bat. Roberto Clemente has 3,000 hits because a tragedy ended his career early. He is the first of that great 3,000 club that every baseball player wants to be in. All time.317 batting average, including 4 batting titles and two of them with.351 and.357 average. Not to mention 12 All Star games, 1966 NL MVP, 1971 World Series MVP, two World Series Championships. His 21 need to be the second number to be retired in the entire MLB. Robinson & Clemente. Roberto Clemente live Great, play Great and died Great. Roberto Clemente is simple, the GREATEST ONE in Baseball...
Saw him as a kid from behind him in right field, what a presence, what speed, what an arm. I haven't even mentioned batting and base running. He went all out and was fearless on the field but this quality also contributed to his demise at sea. Still one of my childhood heroes that lives on today for me.
A tragedy ended his career early and he still had 3000 hits. Nobody went from first to third base on a single to right field... Those who tried were out. Great series player who lead a pretty average team to two championships. He had hits in all 14 series games he played in, and the Pirates won both series. This guy should be in the top five.
Roberto Clemente would be the most valuable of all time had baseball never put up those damn outfield walls... Greatest energy created hitting line drives coupled with the greatest energy created with that incomparable throwing arm... Baseball continues to HIDE the GREATEST ONE!
He does not belong on this list. With all of the great baseball players over the past 100 some years who have put up ridiculous numbers without steroids he shouldn't even be in the top 200 in my mind. He was using steroids like crazy. At 40 years old his head was growing.. What does this tell you? Not only was he juicing but he was juicing like crazy. Sure he was good before steroids but 17th of all time good? Probably not so if that's your argument you need to reevaluate it some. You can't rank this man as the 17th best of all time because "He was good even before steroids! " Yes he was good.. But you can't rank him 17th without knowing how good he actually would've been and how age would have affected his muscles without a performance enhancing drug preserving and improving them. The best of all time have usually found ways of staying good and in some cases even getting better with age. My guess is Bonds saw a noticeable decline in his baseball playing ability, and so he ...more
I have a lot of things to say about this-so please, PLEASE keep an open mind.
First off, I'd like to say-please stop putting modern players that might be forgotten in 50 years, but are just on this list because they were someone's favorite player. Bryce Harper is NOT the greatest player of all time. It's nice to think he could be, but he isn't. Then there's those ridiculous choices like Dan Uggla, Troy Tulowitzki, etc.-guys that will be trivial in 10 years.
I'd also like to say that Mark Teixeira would be my choice, because he is my favorite player, but he is nowhere near the greatest player (he's #50 rn 12/30/17) but he IS one of the most underrated players of all time-and if you wanna disagree, look up his stats defensively one of the best all time at first basemen, top 5 switch hitter all time, and-anyway I was here to talk about Barry Bonds.
No, he does not DESERVE the title of "all time home run leader" or "greatest player ever", but ...more
Couldn't have done it without the roids. He doesn't deserve to be on this list.
He had enough success before using and enhancement drug. He belongs here
I saw him play in spring training once toward end of his career with no steroids. (He had been under scrutiny for a while by then. ) He still hit three home runs with such precision and ease it was mind-boggling. He was the best baseball player I have ever seen and possibly the best who ever lived. Just my opinion.
I think Cy Young invented this award for Maddux. He certainly won his share. Pitched like David Copperfield, now you see it, now you don't. Great competitor.
Best pitcher of my generation. Proved its all about location. Not power
Maddux was incredible considering he didn't throw more than 90mph. Revolutionized pitching with his multitude of pitches and grips and finger pressure. Great fielder, great numbers, great teams!
Hall of Fame - YES. Top 25 - YES
Where's Roger Clemens? He took steroids just like Bonds! And you still put the sucker on!
Even a better person as he was a hitter rip mr padre
The greatest pure hitter to play the game
The Derek Jeter of the West Coast as far as being a person. Great hitter. Never played with a winner but was a winner.
Should be in top 20
Best yank to play the game and best all time hitter as a shortstop shoot he might be the best shortstop ever
Complete ballplayer on and off the field
I'm a Yankee fan all my life. Jeter is a winner. But he is not even close to being the best Yankee. He wasn't even the best shortstop of his era or 2nd best. He had decent range not great. He had an accurate but so-so arm. For a 6'3 guy had little power. But he had all the intangibles and played the game intelligently. Incredibly hard worker and as humble a superstar as ever. He played in NY which helped his star power and got 5 rings because he was an integral part of some GREAT teams. Hall of Fame - NO DOUBT. Best Yankee ever - NO WAY. Top 25 players all-time - BIG ARGUMENT.
Derek Jeter is the best baseball player because he has a terrific swing, he also has a amazing fielding and never gives up and gives it his all. I bet you he would die for baseball because that is where his heart is just placed. So he is the guy I look up to, so that's why I voted for the number one base ball player, Derek Jeter.
Paige is a genuine legend! Played ball 12 months a year. Was an MLB "rookie" in his 40's and dominated batters effortlessly.
Had the fastest fastball ever 3rd black person elected into the hall of fame
We'll never know, but this is with out doubt, way too low.
I've read a book about him it's called king of the mound it's a good book
The ''KING'' of Stolen Bases ... fast ... faster ... fassstest ... as fasssst as LIGHTNING!
And a pitchers WORST NIGHTMARE!
IF ya walk him or if he hits the ball -- that's it!
He's GOING TO SCORE! And there is absolutely NOTHING that you can do about it! He WILL score! After all, Rickey Henderson was also the KING OF ''RUNS'' and most folks, don't know 'that' little statistical figure! Yep. He's got more RUNS than any other player in history! And ya can't win a game or a world series without RUNS ... and over-all this man was a super human ATHLETE ... very well balances player ... EXPLOSIVE SPEED and POWER ... over-all he was a solid and complete player both offensively and defensively ... on a bad day, he was still ABOVE AVERAGE over-all ... and if he got to 1st Base ... he would steal 2nd Base ... and then he would steal 3rd Base ... and then he would SCORE in a RUN ... and don't be surprised if he tried to steal home plate ... because that is what he did for a living ... ...more
amazing that this guy is All time leader in stolen bases, on base %, runs scored, a 3000 hit guy, most home runs from a lead off batter, has 2 rings and he doesn't crack the top 10? Rickey is top 5 in my book!
Deserves to be higher, obviously he is the stolen base king and always will be, but this shouldn't distract from his outstanding OBP, OPS and Runs, and a great defender, something not taken into account much on these lists. Plus played in the modern era where pitching was consistently good, not to mention he had to stand out in an era in which players were unnaturally athletic.
THE best leadoff man in history. There will be a player(s) who eventually break the HR record by Bonds, all- time hits by Rose, and maybe even the 56 game hitting streak by Dimaggio. But no one will ever come close to the stolen base record. Turning a single or walk into a double and into scoring position must have driven opposing managers crazy. He made pitchers focus on him when on base, which was a complete distraction from the what the pitchers main focus should have been...the hitter. Easily top 5 all-time.
Listen to player/broadcasters from that era... They speak in complete awe of this man... Fierce competitor... One of the greatest clutch World Series pitchers of all time... It is a joke that he is so low on this list behind some guys who aren't or weren't even the best of their era.. Never mind all time... I want to win a game... Bob Gibson is my starter... Saw him pitch three or four times at Shea stadium... You knew the game was going to be over in about two hours or less... I could list stats but it was the intangibles that made him one of the greatest... No batter wanted to face him
The Black Babe Ruth is just what it sounds like. Hits homers even off of Paige
Gibbywas great probably top five pitchers all time he could hit too.
Starting a new team today, only one pitcher I would select before Gibson, that's Koufax
Strongest, Smartest Catcher of all-time. I still remember when he caught a fast ball bare handed in a major league game.
Johnny Bench should be above Mickey Mantle. Mantle was great, but Johnny Bench was not only a good hitter, he was likely the best catcher of all time. He was a leader and influenced other players in a very positive way.
When people think of great baseball players catcher doesn't usually come to mind first. It should. I am going to argue that it's the hardest position to play well. And bench played it well. He defiantly should be top 15 because he is that good. Also catcher is my favorite position in baseball.
I think he should be high because he is one of the BEST CATCHER!