Greatest First Basemen

THE TOP 12 BEST FIRST BASEMEN IN BASEBALL HISTORY

The Era breakdown for the our Best First Basemen List is not spread out as evenly as some of the other position lists.

As we examine the numbers shown above, 75% of the top 12 hitting 1st Basemen come from Eras 2 (Babe Ruth Era), 7 (Steroid Era) and 8 (Baseball After Steroids). In Era 2 (Babe Ruth Era), we see players with high batting averages beginning to hit home runs while maintaining their high averages. While examining Era 7 (Steroid Era) and Era 8 (Baseball After Steroids) – even with our new statistic The Home Run Curve – these two eras account for 6 of the 12 best hitting First Baseman of all time.

Baseball’s Greatest Hitters’ Top 12 Best Hitting First Basemen Of All Time List

Hall of Fame * Veterans Committee **
Players in blue are retired and played in the “Steroid Era”
Players in red are active players.

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Rank Player Name Years Played Ranking
1 Lou Gehrig* 1923-1939 5.118
2 Jimmie Foxx* 1928-1945 4.867
3 Hank Greenberg* 1930-1947 4.568
4 Albert Pujols 2001-Active 4.414
5 Frank Thomas* 1990-2008 4.220
6 Miguel Cabrera 2003-Active 4.195
7 Johnny Mize* 1936-1953 4.176
8 Willie McCovey* 1959-1980 4.140
9 Eddie Murray* 1977-1997 4.101
10 Mark McGwire 1986-2001 4.054
11 Jeff Bagwell* 1991-2005 4.038
12 Rafael Palmiero 1986-2005 4.031

Compare to other positions:

Greatest Catchers | Greatest 1st Basemen | Greatest 2nd Basemen | Greatest Shortstops | Greatest Third Basemen | Greatest Outfielders

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