Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time

The Dead Ball Era

Average home runs hit per team per year in this early baseball era: 23.96

This was the Dead Ball Era or as we refer to it as the “PRE-RUTH” era. This early baseball era included some of the great pioneers of baseball, such as TY COBB, TRIS SPEAKER, HONUS WAGNER, and NAP LAJORIE. In this era we saw many .400 hitters and the home run was not much of an offensive factor.

Early baseball's scandal and its repercussions

This era is well known for the “Black Sox Scandal” which occurred in the 1919 World Series. Several Chicago players conspired with gamblers to throw the World Series in order to make additional money. This was the first example in baseball where there was a lack of integrity in the game. The scandal created a need for some leadership in professional baseball and led to the first commissioner of baseball in 1920.This scandal nearly destroyed the game of baseball, and the game lost its luster until the emergence of “The Babe.”

The Pre-Ruth / Dead Ball Era's greatest hitters

This list includes the top 3 hitting catchers, the top 3 hitting first baseman, the top 3 hitting second baseman, the top 3 hitting third baseman, the top 3 hitting short stops and the top 10 hitting outfielders of early baseball. Also listed below are the 25 greatest hitters of Era 1.

The Pioneers of Baseball

Hall of Fame * Veterans Committee **

 Top 3 -
Catchers
     Player Name  Rating Years Played
1 WALLY SCHANG 3.292 1913 to1931
2 DEACON McGUIRE 3.241 1884 to1912
3 RAY SCHALK 3.218 1912 to1929
       
Top 3 - 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 JACK FOURNIER 3.689 1912 to1927
2 ED KONETCHY 3.442 1907 to1921
3 STUFFY MCINNIS 3.424 1909 to1927
       
Top 3 - 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 EDDIE COLLINS * 4.160 1906 to1930
2 NAP LAJOIE * 4.123 1896 to1916
3 DEL PRATT 3.429 1912 to1924
       
Top 3 - 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 FRANK BAKER * 3.645 1908 to1922
2 LARRY GARDNER 3.397 1908 to1924
3 HENNIE GROH 3.182 1912 to1927
       
Top 3 - Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 HONUS WAGNER * 4.473 1897 to1917
2 RABBIT MARANVILLE* 3.211 1912 to1935
3 JOE TINKER ** 3.173 1902 to1916
       
Top 10 - Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 TY COBB * 4.839 1905 to1928
2 TRIS SPEAKER* 4.548 1907 to1928
3 SAM CRAWFORD * 3.987 1899 to1917
4 JESSE BURKETT * 3.890 1890 to1905
5 ZACK WHEAT ** 3.800 1909 to1927
6 WILLIE KEELER * 3.767 1892 to1910
7 BOBBY VEACH 3.727 1912 to1925
8 MAX CAREY ** 3.596 1910 to1929
9 CY WILLIAMS 3.582 1912 to1930
10 HARRY HOOPER 3.522 1909 to1925
       
 Top 25
Players of ERA 1
Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Ty Cobb * 4.839 1905 to1928
2 Tris Speaker * 4.548 1907 to1928
3 Honus Wagner * 4.473 1897 to1917
4 Eddie Collins * 4.160 1906 to1930
5 Nap Lajoie * 4.123 1896 to1916
6 Sam Crawford ** 3.987 1899 to1917
7 Jesse Burkett ** 3.890 1890 to1905
8 Zack Wheat ** 3.800 1909 to1927
9 Willie Keeler * 3.767 1892 to1910
10 Bobby Veach 3.727 1912 to1925
11 Jack Fournier 3.689 1912 to1927
12 Frank Baker ** 3.645 1908 to1922
13 Max Carey ** 3.596 1910 to1929
14 Cy Williams 3.582 1912 to1930
15 Harry Hooper ** 3.522 1909 to1925
16 Del Pratt 3.429 1912 to1924
17 Ed Konetchy 3.442 1907 to1921
18 Stuffy McInnis 3.424 1909 to1927
19 Larry Doyle 3.414 1907 to1920
20 Larry Gardner 3.397 1908 to1924
21 Hal Chase 3.364 1905 to1919
22 Jake Daubert 3.327 1910 to1924
23 George Burns 3.326 1911 to1925
24 Wally Schang 3.292 1913 to1931
25 Frank Schulte 3.251 1904 to1918 

 Compare the Dead Ball Era to other eras :
Babe Ruth Era   Baseball During World War II   Baseball 1950s – mid 60s   
Pitching Era   Last Clean Era   Steroid Era Pt. 1  Steroid Era Pt. 2  Baseball After Steroids

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