Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time

ERA 2 BABE RUTH ERA 1921 TO 1935

Average home runs hit per team per year in this era: 70.78

Baseball 1920s – mid 30s hitters and how they changed the game

The Babe Ruth Era was a time in baseball where America was exposed to the most dominating offensive player in Baseball History.  George Herman Ruth single handedly changed the way we view offensive statistics, and set the standard of what it takes to be a great hitter even in today’s game.

The Outstanding baseball players of the 1920s and 30s

This era also included some other notable greats like Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, and Rogers Hornsby who we consider to be one of the greatest right handed hitters ever.  In Babe Ruth Era we see a change in statistics, most notably an increase in home run production.   In 1927 Babe Ruth hit 60 homeruns, a record which would stand for over 3 decades.  To put into perspective the magnitude of Ruth’s record the average number of home runs hit per team in MLB in 1927 was 57.63. Baseball in the 1920s and its players will forever stand out in the minds of baseball fans.

The greatest hitters from the Babe Ruth Era

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.  Also listed below are the 25 greatest hitters of era 2.
Hall of Fame *  Veterans Committee

 Top 3 -
Catchers
     Player Name  Rating Years Played
1 MICKEY COCHRANE * 3.845 1925 to1937
2 GABBY HARTNETT * 3.692 1922 to1941
3 RICK FERRELL ** 3.171 1929 to1947
       
Top 3 - 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 LOU GEHRIG * 5.118 1923 to1939
2 JIMMIE FOXX * 4.867 1928 to1945 
3 JIM BOTTOMLY ** 3.958 1922 to1937
       
Top 3 - 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 ROGERS HORNSBY * 4.600 1915 to1937
2 CHARLIEGEHRINGER* 4.198 1924 to1942
3 FRANKIE FRISCH * 3.937 1919 to1937
       
Top 3 - 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 PIE TRAYNOR * 3.826 1920 to1937
2 FRED LINDSTROM ** 3.498 1924 to1936
3 JIMMY DYKES 3.478 1918 to1939
       
Top 3 - Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 JOE CRONIN * 3.947 1926 to1945
2 JOE SEWELL ** 3.728 1920 to1933
3 TRAVIS JACKSON ** 3.395 1922 to1936
       
Top 10 - Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 BABE RUTH * 5.399 1914 to1935
2 MEL OTT * 4.419 1926 to1947
3 AL SIMMONS * 4.320 1924 to1944
4 HARRY HEILMAN * 4.199 1914 to1932
5 GOOSE GOSLIN ** 4.196 1921 to1938
6 EARL AVERILL ** 4.054 1929 to1941
7 CHUCK KLEIN ** 4.030 1928 to1944
8 PAUL WANER * 4.028 1926 to1945
9 HACK WILSON ** 4.001 1923 to1934
10 HEINIE MANUSH ** 3.896 1923 to1949
       
 Top 25
Players of ERA 2
Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Babe Ruth * 5.399 1914 to1935
2 Lou Gehrig * 5.118 1923 to1939
3 Jimmie Foxx * 4.867 1928 to1945
4 Rogers Hornsby * 4.600 1915 to1937
5 Mel Ott * 4.419 1926 to1947
6 Al Simmons * 4.320 1924 to1944
7 Harry Heilmann * 4.199 1914 to1932
8 Charlie Gehringer * 4.198 1924 to1942
9 Goose Goslin ** 4.196 1921 to1938
10 Earl Averill ** 4.054 1929 to1941
11 Chuck Klein ** 4.030 1928 to1944
12 Paul Waner * 4.028 1926 to1945
13 Hack Wilson ** 4.001 1923 to1934
14 Jim Bottomly ** 3.958 1922 to1937
15 Joe Cronin * 3.947 1926 to1945
16 Frankie Frisch * 3.937 1919 to1937
17 George Sisler * 3.886 1915 to1930
18 Bill Terry * 3.869 1923 to1936
19 Heinie Manush ** 3.866 1923 to1939
20 Kiki Cuyler ** 3.849 1921 to1938
21 Mickey Cochrane * 3.845 1925 to1937
22 Pie Traynor * 3.826 1920 to1937
23 Babe Herman 3.812 1926 to1945
24 Sam Rice ** 3.809 1915 to1934
25 Tony Lazzeri ** 3.762 1926to1939