There are few other pastimes in the world today that are quite as popular as sports. All over the world, dozens of sports are played and enjoyed every day, and although each one is different in its own way, they are all part of their country’s history and culture, and for the United States, baseball tops the chart as its most iconic sport.
Baseball is simple to learn and easy to play, but it is also one of the most difficult games to master, and over the years only a handful of players have been able to top the charts as some of the best players the world has ever seen.
The Best Baseball Players
While baseball can be found in other countries, the United States is where almost all games can be found, and Major League Baseball (MLB) is where most of the magic happens.
The MLB is home to the highest-ranked players in history, and whether you watch for the fun of the game, to pass time with friends, or even take part in a little online betting, anyone can appreciate these players for the sheer amount of skill they possess on the playing field.
Maybe not as well known as some other historical players, Hornby was nonetheless an incredible player, and amassed over 3000 plate appearances during his career.
Hornby has one of the highest batting averages in MLB history, and at the height of his career in 1992, the second baseman managed to clear 42 home runs.
Hornby is considered the best second baseman in history, being tied with Barry Bonds and Lou Gehrig.
One of the earliest players in the MLB roster, Young gained famed during the 1890s and early 1900s. One of the best pitchers of all time, Young tossed almost 7000 frames during his career, solidifying him among the greats of the baseball field.
Popularly known as the luckiest man on the face of the earth, Gehrig was one of the best players baseball has ever seen, with an accumulated 493 home runs under his belt.
Gehrig retired in 1939 with a famous speech to his fans, and passed away two years later from ALS.
His fame also brought much attention to the disease, which is why it is often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease today.
Williams stands close to legends like Babe Ruth thanks to his skill with a baseball bat, and remains as one of the best sluggers in the world.
Before going off to fight in World War 2, William’s career was constantly on the rise, and had he not given up on his career due to his military career, Williams would have gained over 3000 hits and 600 home runs.
Ruth is the all-time legend of baseball, and considered the very best player in history.
With a record 54 home runs in one season, 602 long ball hits, and consistent batting throughout his career, Ruth not only set entirely new records for the game, but even managed to break the same records year after year.
Many of Ruth’s achievements are still solidified in stone, and there has never been another player so far that has managed to compete with Ruth as the undisputed all-time king of baseball.