The Greatest Baseball Players of All Times

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Baseball has attracted fans for years. They visit tournaments, look for the live score for betting and get professionals inspired by their favorite athletes. These sportsmen have the greatest number of fans. 

George Herman “Babe” Ruth

He held the record for most home runs until 1974. He made his Major League Baseball debut in 1914 with the Boston Red Sox as a pitcher. He eventually moved to the outfielder position and in 1919 broke the MLB record for most home runs in a season. In 1920 Ruth was unexpectedly traded to the New York Yankees, where he spent the brightest years of his career.

With his new club, Ruth won the championship seven times and the World Series four times. It was Ruth who defined the change in baseball tactics. Near the end of his career, he played for the Brooklyn Braves, spending a total of 22 seasons in the MLB. The Associated Press recognized him as the most recognizable American athlete along with Mohammad Ali. 

Hank Aaron

He started his career in 1954 with Milwaukee Brewers. In 1957, he was named the most valuable player in the National League. He finished playing in 1976 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame six years later. Aaron was named after the award, which the MLB gives to the league’s best slugger.

James Francis Thorpe

He won the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympics, and a year later became a professional baseball player. He spent six years in baseball as an outfielder for the New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds, and Boston Braves. Thorpe was incredibly versatile, also playing basketball, tennis, hockey, swimming, and boxing. He was buried in a small town, which was renamed Jim Thorpe after him.

Jackie Robinson

He is the first black baseball player to play in the MLB. He was signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and had a great career despite persistent racial segregation and initial rejection from fans, opponents, and even partners. He was the first recipient of the MLB Rookie of the Year award, was named the league’s Most Valuable Player two years later, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. He played second base, participated in the MLB All-Star Game six times, and was the 1955 World Series champion. In 2007, Jackie Robinson Day was established, with everyone playing under his game number 42.

Alex Rodriguez

He made his Major League Baseball debut in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners. Also played for the Texas Rangers and New York Yankees. During his career, he was named Most Valuable Player of the American League 3 times, participated in the All-Star Game 13 times, won the Golden Glove Award twice, and won the Hank Aaron Award 4 times as the league’s best hitter. In 2013, he was disqualified as one of the defendants in a doping case. The original time limit of 211 games was reduced to 162. Rodriguez ended up missing the 2014 season completely before returning in 2015. On August 12, 2016, Alex played his last game of his career and became a special advisor to the Yankees.

Jim Abbott

A pitcher played in various professional leagues for more than a decade, despite being born without a right arm. Abbott threw the ball with his left hand and wore his glove on a small stump. He played for six teams in the MLB. He finished his career in 1996 for the first time due to a bad season, but returned successfully in 1998 and played two more seasons.  In 1988 he became an Olympic champion with the USA team.

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