ALL-TIME PLAYER RANKINGS

First Basemen

Rankings
1
Lou Gehrig
Great raw power and hitting ability. Clearly the best at this position.
2
Jimmie Foxx
Not quite the offensive player that Gehrig was, but still very productive.
3
Albert Pujols
Seems unlikely to go any higher, but in his prime he was a great offensive player.
4
Jeff Bagwell
Had a great peak as well as a long productive career.
5
Johnny Mize
Hit for power and got one base, and was also a run producer.
6
Dick Allen
Easily the most underrated player of the last 50 years.
7
Todd Helton
Slightly rates ahead of Murray based on his peak performance.
8
Eddie Murray
Best switch-hitter at this position, remarkably consistent and durable.
9
Jim Thome
Could rate higher based on his peak and power for two decades.
10
Hank Greenberg
Would rank in top five based on peak alone, rates lower due to early retirement.
11
Willie McCovey
For a three year stretch was best offensive player in baseball in late 60s.
12
Keith Hernandez
Defense is best at this position, but could also hit for average, decent power, and walk.
13
Harmon Killebrew
Raw power ranks with Gehrig, Foxx, and Greenberg.
14
Bill Terry
Like Sisler, a great pure hitter who could also play his position very well.
15
John Olerud
Peak is very good, helping crack the top 20. Got on base a lot.
16
George Sisler
With Terry, the best pure hitter for average among this group. Great glove and speed.
17
Will Clark
Underrated because his peak was short and he failed to accumulate milestone stats.
18
Frank Chance
Best at the position between 1900-1920, a good hitter and great leader.
19
Norm Cash
Better than a handful of first basemen in the Hall of Fame and had a good, long run.
20
Tony Perez
Important part of many winning teams, great power and run production.