6 of the Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

For more than 150 years, Major League Baseball (MLB) has entertained the American public, and the most gifted players have etched their names in sporting history. Read on for a brief look at the lives and sporting achievements of a handful of the most gifted and storied players baseball has ever seen.

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Lou Gehrig

Born Henry Louis Gehrig in Manhattan in 1903, Gehrig earned a reputation as “The Iron Horse” due to his durability and hitting prowess. The Triple Crown winner was an All-Star seven consecutive times. He was also named the American League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) twice.

Ty Cobb

Nicknamed “The Georgia Peach,” Cobb is widely considered one of the greatest offensive players in the history of baseball. In his time, he was recognized as one of the sport’s fiercest competitors, and that reputation has endured.

Joe DiMaggio

“Joltin’” Joe DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California, in 1914. He played his entire career for the New York Yankees, debuting in 1936 and making his last appearance in 1951.

Hank Aaron

Born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1934, Aaron showed an early propensity for sports, playing both football and baseball. After hearing a speech by Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the MLB, he chose to focus on baseball.

Willie Mays

Nicknamed the “Say Hey Kid,” Mays was born in Westfield, Alabama, in 1931. He debuted in 1951 for the New York Giants, remained with the team after its move to San Francisco, and finished his career with the New York Mets.

Babe Ruth

Born February 6, 1895, Babe Ruth is a baseball icon who established numerous records as a slugging outfielder and pitcher. Ruth was one of five players, along with Ty Cobb, who were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame when it was first created in 1936.

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