TOP HITTERS PRE-1990

THE 150 TOP HITTERS FROM 1901-PRE 1990
(before the Steroid Era)

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The Era breakdown for the 150 top hitters from 1901 to 1989 or the Pre- Steroid era is as follows:

The position breakdown for the greatest 150 hitters from 1901 to 1989 or the Pre-Steroid era is as follows:

The accuracy of Baseballs Greatest Hitters’ stat formula

When we view the era breakdown of these great 150 hitters, we get to see the accuracy of our statistical formula. The numbers are slightly higher in era 2. The reason for the higher number of players in era 2 is the result of high batting averages as well as increased home run production. As for the rest of the breakdown, historically it is our belief every era in baseball history has its share of great hitters.

Top hitters sorted by position

When we view the position break down of these 150 top hitters, there are no surprises here. The dominant hitters in baseball history have been Outfielders and First Baseman. In this time frame, Catchers and Short Stops are not high on the list, while Third Baseman and Second Baseman fair slightly better.

Baseballs Greatest Hitters’ 150 Top Hitters List- Pre 1990
Hall of Fame* Veterans Committee **

Rank Player Name Position Formula Point Total
1 Babe Ruth* OF 5.399
2 Lou Gehrig* 1B 5.118
3 Ted Williams* OF 5.087
4 Jimmie Foxx* 1B 4.867
5 Ty Cobb* OF 4.839
6 Hank Aaron* OF 4.758
7 Stan Musial* OF 4.719
8 Joe DiMaggio* OF 4.627
9 Willie Mays * OF 4.617
10 Rogers Hornsby* 2B 4.600
11 Hank Greenberg* 1B 4.568
12 Tris Speaker* OF 4.548
13 Honus Wagner* SS 4.473
14 Mickey Mantle* OF 4.424
15 Mel Ott* OF 4.419
16 Frank Robinson* OF 4.353
17 Al Simmons* OF 4.320
18 Mike Schmidt* 3B 4.282
19 George Brett* 3B 4.238
20 Harry Heilmann* OF 4.199
21 Charlie Gehringer* 2B 4.198
22 Goose Goslin* OF 4.196
23 Johnny Mize** 1B 4.176
24 Eddie Collins* 2B 4.160
25 Carl Yastrzemski* OF 4.154
26 Willie McCovey* 1B 4.140
27 Nap Lajoie* 2B 4.123
28 Reggie Jackson* OF 4.114
29 Joe Morgan* 2B 4.106
30 Eddie Murray* 1B 4.101
31 Dave Winfield OF 4.062
32 Earl Averill** OF 4.054
33 Chuck Klein** OF 4.030
34 Paul Waner* OF 4.028
35 Al Kaline* OF 4.023
36 Hack Wilson** OF 4.001
37 Roberto Clemente* OF 3.993
38 Sam Crawford** OF 3.987
39 Pete Rose OF 3.978
40 Eddie Matthews* 3B 3.975
41 Bob Johnson OF 3.961
42 Duke Snider* OF 3.960
43 Jim Bottomly** 1B 3.958
44 Joe Medwick* OF 3.955
45 Joe Cronin* SS 3.947
46 Frankie Frisch* 2B 3.937
47 Paul Molitor* D.H. 3.917
48 Ralph Kiner* OF 3.913
49 Jim Rice* OF 3.913
50 Yogi Berra* C 3.911
51 Billy Williams* OF 3.904
52 Bill Dickey* C 3.892
53 Jessie Burkett** OF 3.890
54 George Sisler* 1B 3.886
55 Ernie Banks* SS 3.882
56 Andre Dawson* OF 3.871
57 Bill Terry* 1B 3.869
58 Heinie Manush** OF 3.866
59 Willie Stargell* OF 3.863
60 Harmon Killebrew* 1B 3.850
61 Kiki Cuyler** OF 3.849
62 Mickey Cochrane* C 3.845
63 Pie Traynor* 3B 3.826
64 Enos Slaughter** OF 3.820
65 Babe Herman OF 3.812
66 Dwight Evans OF 3.810
67 Sam Rice** OF 3.809
68 Robin Yount* SS 3.808
69 Zack Wheat** OF 3.800
70 Rod Carew* 2B 3.793
71 Hal Trosky 1B 3.793
72 Tony Perez* 1B 3.787
73 Orlando Cepeda** 1B 3.775
74 Willie Keeler* OF 3.767
75 Tony Lazzeri** 2B 3.762
76 Gil Hodges 1B 3.762
77 Dave Parker OF 3.760
78 Bobby Doerr** 2B 3.760
79 Jackie Robinson* 2B 3.758
80 Arky Vaughn** SS 3.754
81 Richie Allen 1B 3.753
82 Rusty Staub OF 3.747
83 Bob Meusel OF 3.746
84 Charles Hafey OF 3.730
85 Johnny Bench* C 3.729
86 Joe Sewell** SS 3.728
87 Bobby Veach OF 3.727
88 Rudy York 1B 3.714
89 Minnie Minoso OF 3.710
90 Ben Chapman OF 3.704
91 Jack Clark 1B 3.702
92 Bob Elliott 3B 3.692
93 Gabby Harnett* C 3.692
94 Ron Santo ** 3B 3.692
95 Jack Fournier 1B 3.689
96 Vern Stephens SS 3.689
97 Ted Simmons C 3.688
98 Reggie Smith OF 3.686
99 Mickey Vernon 1B 3.684
100 Del Ennis OF 3.684
101 Al Oliver 1B 3.683
102 Rocky Colavito OF 3.682
103 Luke Appling* SS 3.680
104 Dolph Camili 1B 3.678
105 Carlton Fisk* C 3.676
106 Vic Wertz OF 3.674
107 Larry Doby** OF 3.672
108 Bing Miller OF 3.671
109 Eddie Roush** OF 3.669
110 Don Baylor OF 3.669
111 Norm Cash 1B 3.660
112 Don Mattingly 1B 3.657
113 Dale Murphy OF 3.643
114 Frank Baker** 3B 3.645
115 Ted Kluzewski 1B 3.643
116 Dixie Walker OF 3.643
117 Kent Hrbek 1B 3.641
118 Roy Sievers OF 3.639
119 Bobby Bonds OF 3.636
120 Fred Lynn OF 3.633
121 Kirby Puckett* OF 3.632
122 Roy Campanella* C 3.627
123 Vada Pinson OF 3.623
124 Jackie Jensen OF 3.623
125 Lou Whitaker 2B 3.619
126 Bing Miller OF 3.619
127 Steve Garvey 1B 3.614
128 Joe Judge 1B 3.613
129 Joe Gordon** 2B 3.601
130 Wally Berger OF 3.600
131 Max Carey 2B 3.596
132 Ryne Sandberg* 2B 3.596
133 Lou Brock* OF 3.594
134 Ceasar Cedeno OF 3.592
135 George Foster OF 3.592
136 Darrell Evans 3B 3.589
137 Ken Boyer 3B 3.587
138 Brooks Robinson* 3B 3.585
139 Keith Hernandez 1B 3.582
140 Cy Williams OF 3.582
141 Earl Combs** OF 3.581
142 Joe Kuhel 1B 3.579
143 Carl Furillo OF 3.573
144 Boog Powell 1B 3.573
145 Harlond Clift 3B 3.566
146 Pinky Hingins 3B 3.553
147 Bobby Murcer OF 3.551
148 Cecil Cooper 1B 3.549
149 Marty McManus 2B 3.543
150 Bill Buckner 1B 3.538

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