best 35 baseball players of all time

by ruffcoaley | created - 15 Nov 2014 | updated - 12 Nov 2015 | Public

1. Babe Ruth

Actor | Speedy

Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61* (2001), but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher 'Whitey Ford' broke The Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in...

2. Hank Aaron

Actor | MacGyver

Baseball's all-time home run king, Hank Aaron did more than hit home runs. Sure, Aaron led the National League (NL) four times, he also was a two-time batting champion and led the league in RBIs four times and runs scored three times. He won the NL's Most Valuable Player award in 1957 and has a ...

3. Willie Mays

Soundtrack | About Last Night

Willie Mays was born on May 6, 1931 in Westfield, Alabama, USA as Willie Howard Mays. He is an actor, known for About Last Night (2014), The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950) and The Donna Reed Show (1958). He was previously married to Mae Louise Allen and Margherite Wendell Chapman.

4. Cy Young

Self | The Eamonn Andrews Show

Cy Young was born on July 23, 1928 in Modesto, California, USA as Cyrus Young Jr. He was married to Elizabeth Anderson. He died on December 6, 2017 in Modesto.

5. Jackie Robinson

Actor | The Jackie Robinson Story

Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919 in Cairo, Georgia, USA as Jack Roosevelt Robinson. He was an actor, known for The Jackie Robinson Story (1950), ABC Stage 67 (1966) and 1955 World Series (1955). He was married to Rachel Robinson. He died on October 24, 1972 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA.

6. Leroy 'Satchel' Paige

Actor | The Kid from Cleveland

Leroy 'Satchel' Paige was born on July 7, 1906 in Mobile, Alabama, USA as Leroy Robert Paige. He was an actor and writer, known for The Kid from Cleveland (1949), The Wonderful Country (1959) and Don't Look Back: The Story of Leroy 'Satchel' Paige (1981). He was married to Lahoma Brown and Janet ...

7. Mickey Mantle

Actor | Safe at Home!

Mickey Charles Mantle was born in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, on October 20, 1931, the son of a minor-league player who never made it to the big leagues and named him after Major Leaguer Mickey Cochrane. Mickey's father and grandfather -- who also never made it to the majors -- taught him how to play ...

8. Andre Dawson

Actor | The Formula

Andre Dawson was born on July 10, 1954 in Miami, Florida, USA as Andre Nolan Dawson. He is an actor, known for The Formula (2014), The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999) and 1981 National League Championship Series (1981). He has been married to Vanessa Turner since December 16, 1978. They ...

9. Greg Maddox

Actor | Home, James

Greg Maddox is an actor, known for Home, James (2014).

10. Joe DiMaggio

Actor | Manhattan Merry-Go-Round

Joe DiMaggio was simply the greatest all-around baseball player of his era. As a New York baseball legend, "The Yankee Clipper" succeeded superstars Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig and preceded Mickey Mantle. In his 13 year career from 1936 to 1951 (which was interrupted by three years spent in the Army ...

11. Sandy Koufax

Actor | 77 Sunset Strip

Sandy Koufax was born on December 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Sanford Braun. He is an actor, known for 77 Sunset Strip (1958), Shotgun Slade (1959) and Bourbon Street Beat (1959). He was previously married to Kimberly Francis and Anne Heath Widmark.

12. Ozzie Smith

Actor | The World's Greatest Fair

After attending college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Ozzie Smith was drafted by the San Diego Padres. He played Major League Baseball for 18 years, most notably as the shortstop for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is widely believed to be the best defensive shortstop of all time, and was elected to the...

13. Nolan Ryan

Self | 1969 National League Championship Series

Nolan Ryan was born on January 31, 1947 in Refugio, Texas, USA as Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. He has been married to Ruth Ryan since June 26, 1968. They have four children.

14. Pete Rose

Actor | Babe Ruth

Pete Rose was born on April 14, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Peter Edward Rose. He is an actor, known for Babe Ruth (1991), WrestleMania XIV (1998) and Arli$$ (1996). He was previously married to Carol Woliung and Karolyn Rose.

15. Reggie Jackson

Actor | The Benchwarmers

Reggie Jackson is a baseball Hall of Famer nicknamed "Mr. October" because of his great World Series status. He hit 3 homeruns in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, the most homeruns ever by one player in a World Series game. He currently works for the New York Yankees

16. Ken Griffey Jr.

Self | Summer Catch

Ken Griffey Jr. is considered by many experts to be the best player in baseball. He hit 49 homeruns in '96 and he missed quite a few games due to injury. He is not currently working on anything, except for his part ownership in the All-Star Cafe.

17. Cal Ripken

The Fan

Cal Ripken was born on August 24, 1960 in Havre De Grace, Maryland, USA as Calvin Edwin Ripken Jr. He is known for his work on The Fan (1996), Marvel & ESPN Films Present 1 of 1: Genesis (2014) and The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame... (1999). He has been married to Laura Kiessling since October...

18. Derek Jeter

Actor | The Other Guys

Derek Jeter was born on June 26, 1974 in Pequannock, New Jersey, USA as Derek Sanderson Jeter. He is an actor, known for The Other Guys (2010), Anger Management (2003) and Comedy by Blake (2018). He has been married to Hannah Jeter since July 9, 2016. They have one child.

19. Barry Bonds

Actor | Nash Bridges

Barry Bonds was born on July 24, 1964 in Riverside, California. He is known for his outstanding abilities on the baseball diamond, where he has won the National League Most Valuable Player Award three times. While playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates he received a cameo appearance in the baseball ...

20. Jose Canseco

Actor | Piranha Sharks

Jose Canseco was born on July 2, 1964 in Havana, Cuba as Jose Canseco y Capas Jr. He is an actor, known for Piranha Sharks (2016), Nash Bridges (1996) and Slamma Jamma (2017). He was previously married to Jessica Canseco and Esther Haddad.

21. Mark McGwire

Actor | Mad About You

Mark McGwire was born on October 1, 1963 in Pomona, California, USA as Mark David McGwire. He is an actor, known for Mad About You (1992), 2000 National League Championship Series (2000) and Keep the Faith (2013). He has been married to Stephanie Slemer since April 20, 2002. They have five children...

22. Roger Clemens

Actor | Kingpin

Baseball player. He broke into the major leagues with the Red Sox in 1984, posting a 9-4 record. His blazing fastball, consistently clocked in the mid 90s (MPH), have made him one of the games most dominant pitchers. He's a multiple Cy Young award winner. In 1986, he started out 14-0 and ended up ...

23. Ty Cobb

Actor | Somewhere in Georgia

Ty Cobb was born on December 18, 1886 in Narrows, Georgia, USA as Tyrus Raymond Cobb. He was an actor, known for Somewhere in Georgia (1917), The Baseball Revue of 1917 (1917) and Ty Cobb and Grantland Rice Talk Things Over (1930). He was married to Frances Fairbairn Cass and Charlotte Lombard. He ...

24. Frank Robinson

Self | Unsolved History

Frank Robinson is known for his work on Unsolved History (2002).

25. Roberto Clemente

Self | 1971 National League Championship Series

Known for his hitting prowess on offense and his strong, accurate throwing arm on defense, Roberto Clemente carved out a Hall of Fame career over his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, compiling a .317 lifetime batting average and collecting an even 3,000 hits. He was the National League's ...

26. Albert Pujols

Actor | TNA Today

Albert Pujols was born on January 16, 1980 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic as Jose Alberto Pujols. He is an actor, known for TNA Today (2007), Marvel & ESPN Films Present 1 of 1: Genesis (2014) and Prime 9 (2009). He has been married to Deidre Corona since January 1, 2000. They have four ...

27. David Justice

Actor | Arli$$

David Justice was born on April 14, 1966 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as David Christopher Justice. He is an actor, known for Arli$$ (1996), 1995 National League Championship Series (1995) and WWE Raw (1993). He has been married to Rebecca Villalobos since February 8, 2001. They have one child. He was ...

28. Lou Gehrig

Actor | Rawhide

Lou Gehrig is remembered as baseball's "Iron Horse" and used to own the major league record for the 2,130 consecutive games that he played for the New York Yankees between 1925 and 1939, where he had a .340 career batting average, making him one of the greatest hitters of all time. Henry Louis ...

29. Frank Thomas

Actor | Baseball's Hottest Stars

Frank Thomas was born on June 11, 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Frank Joseph Thomas. He is an actor, known for Baseball's Hottest Stars (1993), 1958 MLB All-Star Game (1958) and Rally Time (1994).

30. Darryl Strawberry

Self | The Game 365

Darryl Strawberry was born on March 12, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Darryl Eugene Strawberry. He is an actor and producer, known for The Game 365 (2006), 1996 American League Championship Series (1996) and The Simpsons (1989). He has been married to Tracy Boulware since October 1, 2006....

32. Yogi Berra

Actor | The Phil Silvers Show

One of baseball's greatest catchers of all time, Yogi Berra appeared in a record 14 World Series while calling the games for the New York Yankees. Berra proved invaluable to the Yankees as evidenced by his three Americal League Most Valuable Player awards. Berra was also one of the games ...

35. Sammy Sosa

Self | Hard Ball

Sammy Sosa, who grew up in the slums of the Dominican Republic, has quickly emerged as one of the most beloved athletes in baseball. During the 1998 season, Sosa was right behind Mark McGwire for the record owned by Roger Maris of 61 home runs. Unfortunately, Sosa only led in home runs for just ...

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