Greatest Outfielders

Baseball’s Greatest Hitters’ list of the top 30 Greatest Hitting Outfielders

While examining the Top 30 Greatest Hitting Outfielders of All Time, we see a very interesting trend.
Era 2 (Babe Ruth Era 1921-1935) accounts for 9 of the 30 Players while Era 6 (Last Clean Era 1978-1989) has no Players. When we examine the statistics of the players of Era 3 (Baseball During World War II 1936-1949) as their Home Run, RBI, and Runs Scored production sharply increased, they maintained a high batting average as seen in Williams, DiMaggio and Musial. When we examine the statistics of the players in Eras 5 (Pitching Era 1965-1977) and 6 (Last Clean Era 1978-1989) we are dealing with two major factors, the Pitching Era as well as the first decrease of home runs hit in the history of baseball. Another interesting note which further enhances the value of the Home Run Curve, The Steroid Eras part 1 and 2 1990 to 2013 accounts for 6 players –3 players less than Era 2.

Baseball’s Greatest Hitters’ Top 30 Best Hitting Outfielders 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 Babe Ruth* 1939-1935 5.399
2 Ted Williams* 1939-1960 5.087
3 Barry Bonds 1986-2007 4.855
4 Ty Cobb* 1905-1928 4.839
5 Hank Aaron* 1954-1976 4.758
6 Stan Musial* 1941-1963 4.719
7 Joe DiMaggio* 1936-1951 4.627
8 Willie Mays* 1951-1972 4.617
9 Tris Speaker* 1907-1928 4.548
10 Manny Ramirez 1993-2012 4.436
11 Mickey Mantle* 1951-1968 4.424
12 Mel Ott* 1926-1947 4.419
13 Frank Robinson* 1956-1976 4.353
14 Al Simmons* 1924-1944 4.320
15 Ken Griffey Jr.* 1989-2010 4.260
16 Harry Heilmann* 1914-1932 4.199
17 Goose Goslin* 1921-1938 4.196
18 Carl Yastrzemski* 1961-1983 4.154
19 Reggie Jackson* 1967-1987 4.114
20 Dave Winfield* 1973-1995 4.062
21 Gary Sheffield 1988-2009 4.059
22 Ricky Henderson* 1979-2003 4.055
23 Earl Averill* 1929-1941 4.054
24 Chuck Klein** 1928-1944 4.030
25 Paul Waner* 1926-1945 4.028
26 Larry Walker 1989-2005 4.027
27 Al Kaline* 1953-1974 4.023
28 Hack Wilson 1923-1934 4.001
29 Roberto Clemente* 1955-1972 3.993
30 Sam Crawford* 1899-1917 3.987

Compare to other positions:

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

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