I do not include players that are still active on this list. So yes, Miguel Cabrera will appear on this list in the very near future. Many great players have moved to first base at one point or another during their careers. Usually, it is the second half of their career. This list was created to be limited to first basemen. Stan Musial, Pete Rose and other great players who have played a lot of first base but are more well-known for their position on the field were not included in this list.
Frank Chance suffered injuries for much of his professional career. Although he played in 17 MLB seasons, he only played seven to eight full seasons. When he was healthy, he was as good or better than any other player. Although he was an all-around player, his base running is what makes him stand out.
Five ASG, one SS, and four Top 10 MVP Finishes. He was not a great fielder, but I still think he belongs on this list. Of course he drops off after Albert Pujols retires.
He was the league’s leader in OB% and SLG% during his career. R, 2B, HR, RBI, and FA were also among his top achievements—all except SB. Ty Cobb was the only player leading the league in these categories.
Brouthers, who led the league in nine of 10 “major” categories, could easily be argued to be even higher on this list. These nine categories saw Brouthers lead the league 28 times, which is a league record for leading totals.
Killebrew hit over 40 homers eight times and over 30 homers ten times. Killebrew was a stout power hitter that struck out a lot and was a very inconsistent average hitter, hitting anywhere from .240 to .280 in his prime, usually hovering around .270.
If he had played with Thome, he would’ve probably had better numbers, which is partially why I put Killebrew ahead of Thome. I think it was tougher to put up big numbers when Killebrew played.
Mize hit over .300 nine times; numbers would have been better without losing three years to military service. Very athletic and a good fielder.
He hit over .300 six times, more than 30 homers nine times, drove in 100 runs eight times, and stole double-digit bags 10 times. Traded from Boston to Houston, he came up as a third baseman, but moved over to first before he hit the major leagues.
Although Ortiz’s entire career is filled with incredible stats, his dominance in the advanced years makes him so unique. He is the only player to have managed at least 30 home runs in each of his 37, 38, and 39 seasons.
He hit over 20 homers 12 times, more than 30 homers seven times, and more than 40 homers twice. Six ASG, ROY, four MVP Top 10 Finishes, and one MVP.
Murray hit more than 20 homers 16 times, better than .290 10 times, and hit more than 90 runs in 12 times. He did all of this from both sides of the plate, establishing himself as one of the best switch hitters of all time, grouping himself with Mantle, Rose, and Chipper Jones. By the way, did I mention that he had over 3,200 hits, and almost 5,400 total bases? Very good fielder, also winning three golden glove awards.
He hit over 30 homers nine times, 40 homers five times, over .300 nine times, and drove in 100 runs eleven times. He had an ops of over 1.000 seven years. The Big Hurt was just raked year, after year, after year. .301 lifetime batting average and 521 Home Runs, and 1,704 RBIs.
His use of steroids is the only reason he’s not inducted into the Hall of Fame. It is clear that he is the greatest first baseman in MLB history and should be in the Hall of Fame. It is not the question of whether he was the greatest first baseman ever. Only the real question is whether he did it naturally. This is the real question.
Pujols will be remembered as one of the best sluggers in the game, with 703 home runs and 11 All-Star games. The 42-year-old Pujols had a spectacular final season in St Louis, where he spent most of his career. He hit.270/.345/.550 with 24 runs and became the fourth player to join the 700 club.
He was an extremely feared power hitter that continued to hit for a ton of power despite hitting in the massive Shibe Park. Nine ASG, six MVP Top 10 Finishes, three MVPs, plus a lifetime batting average of .325 and 534 HRs.
Gehrig hit over .300 in 12 of his 14 full years, more than 30 homers in ten years, and put up an ops higher than 1.000 in eleven years. .340, 493 homers, 1995 RBIs, 2721 hits, .447 OBP, .632 SLG, 1.080 ops, 5060 TB, 1888 r, 102 steals. Seven ASG, nine MVP Top 10 Finishes, and two MVPs.
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