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Who is the All Time Greatest Baseball Player?

"Today I am the greatest of all time."
- Quote by Ricky Henderson in 1991 after he eclipsed Lou Brock's stolen base record of 938. He held the base over his head as he proclaimed this to the crowd. See more baseball quotes

We are compiling a list of the greatest athletes from the sport of baseball, which will then be voted on and the winner placed on the shortlist of the all time greatest athlete ever (all sports). The first stage is to get nominations for baseball before the vote is started. See the current list below of top athletes, compiled using other published lists and visitor feedback. If you believe that there is someone missing from this list, please place a comment below, including any relevant details about the person.

A somewhat similar poll to determine the Greatest Baseball Athlete of All Time was conducted on the ESPN Sport Science website in 2012 - looking for the greatest athlete, not player, from the sport of baseball.

Baseball's Greatest

The athletes below are listed in no particular order - once the shortlist is complete then you will be able to vote for who you think is the greatest of all. This list is not complete - if you know of someone who should be listed here, let us know using the comment form below.

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Jackie Robinson
Babe Ruth
Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig
Mickey Mantle
Alex Rodriguez
Barry Bonds
Hank Aaron
Ty Cobb
Albert Pujols
Ted Williams
Willie Mays He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979
Honus Wagner
Bob Gibson

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