Baseball is one of America’s greatest pastimes, and it has seen the rise of many stars who young kids and passionate fans of all ages have lauded as their heroes. While many fans of baseball might dream of emulating their heroes someday, not many people can achieve greatness in the super competitive sport. Here are some of baseball’s greatest players.
He is considered to be one of, if not the, greatest baseball player that has ever lived. His MLB career spanned across 22 seasons, and he started his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He established a multitude of records during his career including 714 career home runs and a total of 2,213 runs scored from his prowess with the baseball bat. His slugging percentage of .690 still stands today, which is incredible when you think his last season was in 1935. Babe Ruth is firmly in the baseball hall of fame.
Another baseball hall of famer is Willie Mays. He won the MVP (Most Valuable Player) award twice and finished his career with an incredible 660 home runs. His home run figure stands at fifth in the all-time rankings, despite retiring from baseball in 1973. He was a constant fixture in the All-Star games and played in a record 24 in total. While others may have been lauded for being really good at just one thing, Mays has been considered by many to be the greatest all-rounder that ever played baseball.
Barry Bonds is a modern baseball hero, having only played his last game in 2007. He was an exceptional hitter of the ball and has the current MLB record of the most home runs scored by a single player in history at 762. He was regarded as the MVP an astonishing seven times during his career and featured in an All-Star game 14 times. He is the only player in baseball history to have hit over 500 home runs and to have stolen over 500 bases, in fact, his record is so good that no player even has 400 of both to their name throughout baseball history. While he is still waiting to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame, his former team, the San Francisco Giants, have retired his number 25 jersey as a mark of the respect they have for him.
Nicknamed The Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb is one of baseball’s most recognizable figures. He was overwhelmingly voted into the baseball hall of fame, with a 98.2% share of the voting in 1936. During his career, he set a staggering 90 records and still holds the record for most combined runs scored and runs batted at 4,065. His batting average of .376 is still the highest recorded by any baseball player in history. His playing career spanned from 1905, paying for the Detroit Tigers, to 1928, playing for the Philadelphia Athletics.
Those were some of the greatest players ever to pick up a bat or ball to play in the sport of baseball. They were record breakers and trailblazers, and the sport would probably not have been as popular as it is if it wasn’t for some of the incredible feats these players performed.