Baseball is one of the most popular sports in the US and it’s easy to see why. The game is full of excitement and action, so fans are constantly on the edge of their seat.
The sport is slowly becoming popular in Europe and other parts of the world. Just like in other sports, baseball superstars are veered as legends by old and new generations of fans. Here are 5 of the best baseball players this sport has ever seen.
Ruth has long been considered as one of the first baseball heroes ever. His entry into the majors was impressive. Within 7 years, he smashed the record of 27 home runs in a season with an amazing 59 in total.
Eventually, he would also beat his own record. Babe Ruth was loved by his adoptive teams, which includes the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, because he was a capable power hitter as well as a talented pitcher. He won no less than 7 World Series in his career.
2. Willie Mays
During his 22-year career in the majors, Mays amassed 660 home runs, 1,903 runs batted in and, 3,283 hits. Alone, these statistics are enough to put this baseball player in a hall of fame.
However, Mays greatest achievement was winning 12 Gold Glove awards, consecutively. Although he only won 1 World Series title, playing with the New York Giants, his spectacular catch during the 8th winning became the stuff of an absolute legend. The only other team Mays played within the major series was the New York Mets.
3. Ted Williams
Theodore “Ted” Williams made his major leagues debut with the Boston Red Sox and, unlike most baseball players, remained with his team until his retirement in 1960. As a hitter, his greatest achievement came as the lifetime on-base percentage of 0.482.
Williams placed in the top 20 in a variety of abilities, including home runs and total runs scored. This is impressive because Ted took a 5-year break from baseball due to his military service.
4. Hank Aaron
During Hank’s career in the majors, he achieved numerous goals. As part of the Braves, he won his only World Series title in 1957. By the time he came to retire in 1976 he had switched to playing for the Brewers.
On leave major league baseball, Hammerin’ Hank held the records for 2,297 runs batted in, 6,856 total bases and 1,477 extra-base hits. He was also chosen to play in the All-Stars Game a total of25 times, further proving his ability in the field.
5. Walter Johnson
In his 21-year career, Johnson never strayed from the Washington Senators. The 2-time AL MVP won 1 World Series title in 1924 as well as 3 Triple Crowns. Johnson is considered to be one of the strongest pitchers of his period and has had an amazing 110 shutouts.
This record has never been broken. He also boasts 3,508 lifetime strikeouts and an earned a run average of 2.17. Walter will also be remembered for pitching a no-hitter in July 1920.