Greatest First Basemen In MLB History

The Top Ten
1 Lou Gehrig Henry Louis Gehrig, nicknamed "the Iron Horse", was an American baseball first baseman who played his entire professional career in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees, from 1923 until 1939. Gehrig was renowned for his prowess as a hitter and for his durability, which earned him his nickname... read more

Gehrig and Pujols are the top two based on stats, impact, and overall performance. I would put Foxx, Greenberg, and McCovey next. McCovey was excellent in the late 60's and early 70's. He got overshadowed a lot by the player I believe to be the best of all time--Willie Mays.

Gehrig, Pujols, Foxx, Greenberg, and McCovey are the top five. Again, all of this is highly debatable depending on which era you lived in.

The Pride of the Yankees himself, here's that 1939 Hall of Fame Plaque, just to celebrate the legacy and greatness of Lou Gehrig: Holder of more than a score of Major and American League records, including that of playing 2130 consecutive games. When he retired in 1939, he had a life time average of .340.
The first man to hit 4 home runs in one game, and played on 7 World championship teams.
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2 Albert Pujols José Alberto Pujols Alcántara is a Dominican American professional baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball.
3 Jimmie Foxx
4 Miguel Cabrera José Miguel Cabrera Torres, commonly known as Miguel Cabrera and nicknamed "Miggy", is a Venezuelan professional baseball first baseman who plays for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.
5 Rod Carew

One of baseball's great hit men. Here's his 1991 Hall of Fame Plaque: Batting wizard who lined, chopped and bunted his way to 3,053 hits. 7 batting titles surpassed only by Cobb and Wagner. Used variety of relaxed, crouched batting stances to hit over .300 15 consecutive seasons, achieving .328 lifetime, A.L. Rookie of year in 1967 and A.L. MVP in 10 years later when he batted .388 with 239 hits, named to 18 straight ALL-Star teams. National hero in Panama. His 3,000th hit happened on August 4, 1985 on the same day that Tom Seaver won his 300th game.
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6 Paul Goldschmidt Paul Edward Goldschmidt, nicknamed "Goldy", is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Arizona Diamondbacks of Major League Baseball. He made his MLB debut with the Diamondbacks in 2011. Goldschmidt is a six-time MLB All-Star.
7 Hank Greenberg
8 Eddie Murray
9 Willie McCovey

Stretch was his nickname and baseball was his game and playing 4 decades and making a name for himself made him a legends. Here's his 1986 Hall of Fame Plaque: Top left-handed home run hitter in N.L. history with 521, second only to Lou Gehrig with 18 career grand slams. Led N.L. in homers three times and RBIs twice. N.L. rookie of year 1959, MVP in 1969 and comeback player of the year in '77. Teamed with Willie Mays for awesome 1-2 punch in Giants' lineup.
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10 Todd Helton
The Contenders
11 Willie Stargell
12 Jeff Bagwell

Why wasn't this guy on the list? Seriously, you put Goldy before him? Goldy hasn't even had a quarter of the career that Bagwell did yet.

Bagwell was better then some of the players ranked higher. He should be in the top ten

Bagwell was good enough for the HoF, but I bet Goldschmidt will have a better career by the time he retires.

13 Stan Musial
14 Ernie Banks
15 Tim Jordan

Okay, I looked him up. First baseman, lefty, 1901-1910, mostly with Brooklyn. Awesome OPS+ numbers! Good WAR numbers. I didn't know about him, thanks.

16 Harmon Killebrew
17 Pete Rose
18 Frank Thomas Frank Edward Thomas Jr., nicknamed "the Big Hurt", is an American former professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter.
19 Anthony Rizzo Anthony Vincent Rizzo is a professional baseball first baseman for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball.

Cubs would be nothing without him!

20 Jim Thome
21 George Sisler
22 Orlando Cepeda
23 Don Mattingly
24 Keith Hernandez
25 Mark Teixeira
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