Baseball's 100 Greatest Players

The Sporting News is nothing short of the most respected and legendary magazine / newspaper in sports history. Their coverage of baseball has no rival and they are simply the most respected source of baseball statistics anywhere. Listed below are the players chosen by The Sporting News as Baseball's 100 Greatest Players.

"I think I was the best baseball player I ever saw." - Willie Mays
Baseball's 100 Greatest Players

by The Sporting News (1998)

Rank Name Rank Name

100

Early Wynn

50

Roy Campanella

99

Paul Molitor

49

Tony Gwynn

98

Dennis Eckersley

48

Reggie Jackson

97

Gaylord Perry

47

Buck Leonard

96

Rollie Fingers

46

Charlie Gehringer

95

Wade Boggs

45

Carl Hubbell

94

Dave Winfield

44

Jackie Robinson

93

Ken Griffey, Jr.

43

Al Simmons

92

Chuck Klein

42

Mel Ott

91

Mark McGwire

41

Nolan Ryan

90

Ralph Kiner

40

Yogi Berra

89

Goose Goslin

39

Greg Maddux

88

Frankie Frisch

38

Ernie Banks

87

Ozzie Smith

37

Hank Greenberg

86

Kirby Puckett

36

Bob Feller

85

Dizzy Dean

35

Joe Jackson

84

Sam Crawford

34

Barry Bonds

83

Duke Snider

33

George Sisler

82

Ed Walsh

32

Tom Seaver

81

Willie Stargell

31

Bob Gibson

80

Brooks Robinson

30

Steve Carlton

79

Joe Medwick

29

Nap Lajoie

78

Cal Ripken, Jr.

28

Mike Schmidt

77

Eddie Murray

27

Tris Speaker

76

Al Kaline

26

Sandy Koufax

75

Willie Keeler

25

Pete Rose

74

Robin Roberts

24

Eddie Collins

73

Lefty Gomez

23

Lefty Grove

72

Carl Yastrzemski

22

Frank Robinson

71

Juan Marichal

21

Warren Spahn

70

Pie Traynor

20

Roberto Clemente

69

Harmon Killebrew

19

Satchel Paige

68

Eddie Plank

18

Josh Gibson

67

Oscar Charleston

17

Mickey Mantle

66

Cool Papa Bell

16

Johnny Bench

65

Mickey Cochrane

15

Jimmie Foxx

64

Jim Palmer

14

Cy Young

63

Eddie Mathews

13

Honus Wagner

62

Paul Waner

12

Grover Alexander

61

Rod Carew

11

Joe DiMaggio

60

Joe Morgan

10

Stan Musial

59

Bill Terry

9

Rogers Hornsby

58

Lou Brock

8

Ted Williams

57

Bill Dickey

7

Christy Mathewson

56

Willie McCovey

6

Lou Gehrig

55

George Brett

5

Hank Aaron

54

Harry Heilmann

4

Walter Johnson

53

Roger Clemens

3

Ty Cobb

52

Whitey Ford

2

Willie Mays

51

Rickey Henderson

1

Babe Ruth

Baseball's 100 Greatest Players by The Sporting News



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Why did we choose a Willie Mays quotation instead of a Babe Ruth quote? Because Mays contributed to the book with author Ron Smith.

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