10 Greatest Baseball Players of all Time
Whether it is because of their incredible skill, sportsmanship, or unbelievable records, these 10 players managed to make us all fall in love with baseball.
1. Nolan Ryan
With an average pitching speed of over 100 miles per hour, Nolan Ryan, who played in the MLB, is seen as one of the best pitchers of all time. In 1999, Ryan was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
2. Roger Clemens
During his 24-year long career, Roger Clemens managed to throw 4,672 strikeouts, which earned him seven Cy Young Awards for the pitcher of the year.
3. Honus Wagner
Honus Wagner, who is also called ‘The Flying Dutchman’, also secured his place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame due to his incredible records during the ‘dead-ball era.’ The baseball card featuring this player is also the most valuable card of all time and could be sold for $2 million.
4. Stan Musial
Stan Musial, or ‘Stan the Man’, was one of the best hitters in baseball history, as well as a World War II navy veteran. With his batting average of .331, he was named NL MVP three times and inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
5. Walter Johnson
‘The Big Train’, how Walter Johnson was also called, played for the Washington Senators. He is the second on the all-time list because of his numerous wins, 3508 strikeouts, and 531 complete games.
6. Joe DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio is one of the most famous New York Yankees players and was also nicknamed ‘The Yankee Clipper’. With 361 home runs and a batting average of .325, it is no surprise that he named the AL MVP three times.
7. Hank Aaron
‘Hammerin’ Hank’ managed to hold a record 33 years for 755 home runs – he ‘simply’ scored more than 30 home runs per season, for 15 seasons. No wonder he was selected in the All-Star Game 21 years in a row.
8. Ted Williams
Ted Williams, or ‘The Kid’, has an unbeaten record for his batting average, .344. All-Star player 19 times and AL MVP twice, Williams deserves his place in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
9. Willie Mays
The winner of 12 Gold Gloves, Willie Mays is one of the most iconic players in baseball history. He was the reason the New York Giants won the 1954 World Series, so it is not surprising that he was named NL MVP twice in his career.
10. Babe Ruth
Even though Babe Ruth, or ‘The Sultan of Swat’, played during the 20s, he is still considered in many ways to be the most legendary baseball player in history. His records were incredible for that period, but his spirit with which he ended the ‘dead-ball era’ was even more important.