The 100 Greatest First Basemen of All-Time

THE FIRST BASEMEN

Lou Gehrig

1923—1939
HALL OF FAME

1

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 1st
LONG PEAK ... 1st
SHORT PEAK ... 1st
PRIME ... 1st

Albert Pujols

2001—

2

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 2nd
LONG PEAK ... 2nd
SHORT PEAK ... 3rd
PRIME ... 2nd

Jimmie Foxx

1925—1945
HALL OF FAME

3

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 3rd
LONG PEAK ... 3rd
SHORT PEAK ... 2nd
PRIME ... 3rd

Jeff Bagwell

1991—2005
HALL OF FAME

4

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 5th
LONG PEAK ... 4th
SHORT PEAK ... 4th
PRIME ... 7th

Johnny Mize

1936—1942, 1946—1953
HALL OF FAME

5

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 4th
LONG PEAK ... 5th
SHORT PEAK ... 10th
PRIME ... 8th

Hank Greenberg

1930—1941, 1945—1947
HALL OF FAME

6

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 6th
LONG PEAK ... 7th
SHORT PEAK ... 9th
PRIME ... 9th

Frank Thomas

1990—2008
HALL OF FAME

7

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 7th
LONG PEAK ... 6th
SHORT PEAK ... 8th
PRIME ... 12th

Miguel Cabrera

2003—

8↑

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 10th
LONG PEAK ... 13th
SHORT PEAK ... 12th
PRIME ... 10th

Todd Helton

1997—2013

9

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 14th
LONG PEAK ... 9th
SHORT PEAK ... 6th
PRIME ... 4th

Willie McCovey

1959—1980
HALL OF FAME

10

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 11th
LONG PEAK ... 12th
SHORT PEAK ... 13th
PRIME ... 11th

Jim Thome

1991—2012
HALL OF FAME

11

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 8th
LONG PEAK ... 15th
SHORT PEAK ... 14th
PRIME ... 27th

Joey Votto

2007—

12↑

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 15th
LONG PEAK ... 10th
SHORT PEAK ... 11th
PRIME ... 15th

Dick Allen

1963—1977

13

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 18th
LONG PEAK ... 11th
SHORT PEAK ... 7th
PRIME ... 13th

Eddie Murray

1977—1997
HALL OF FAME

14

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 9th
LONG PEAK ... 19th
SHORT PEAK ... 26th
PRIME ... 21st

George Sisler

1915—1930
HALL OF FAME

15

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 20th
LONG PEAK ... 8th
SHORT PEAK ... 5th
PRIME ... 5th

Keith Hernandez

1974—1990

16

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 13th
LONG PEAK ... 14th
SHORT PEAK ... 20th
PRIME ... 22nd

John Olerud

1989—2005

17

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 17th
LONG PEAK ... 18th
SHORT PEAK ... 17th
PRIME ... 26th

Will Clark

1986—2000

18

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 19th
LONG PEAK ... 23rd
SHORT PEAK ... 19th
PRIME ... 23rd

Harmon Killebrew

1954—1975
HALL OF FAME

19

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 16th
LONG PEAK ... 22nd
SHORT PEAK ... 31st
PRIME ... 36th

Bill Terry

1923—1936
HALL OF FAME

20

WAR RANKING
CAREER ... 21st
LONG PEAK ... 16th
SHORT PEAK ... 15th
PRIME ... 17th

Tony Perez

1964—1986
HALL OF FAME

21

Fred McGriff

1986—2004

22

Rafael Palmeiro

1986—2005

23

Mark Teixeira

2003—2016

24

Mark McGwire

1986—2001

25

Paul Goldschmidt

2011—

26↑

Jason Giambi

1995—2014

27

Norm Cash

1958—1974

28

Don Mattingly

1982—1995

29

Dolph Camilli

1933—1943, 1945

30

David Ortiz

1997—2016

31

Orlando Cepeda

1958—1974
HALL OF FAME

32

Gil Hodges

1943, 1945—1963

33

Carlos Delgado

1993—2009

34

Frank Chance

1898—1914
HALL OF FAME

35

Adrian Gonzalez

2004—2018

36

Mark Grace

1988—2003

37

Jack Fournier

1912—1927

38

Freddie Freeman

2010—

39↑

Pedro Guerrero

1978—1992

40

Elbie Fletcher

1934—1943, 1946—1949

41

Cecil Cooper

1971—1987

42

Jose Abreu

2014—

43↑

Steve Garvey

1969—1987

44

Ed Konetchy

1907—1921

45

Kevin Youkilis

2004—2013

46

Anthony Rizzo

2011—

47↑

Boog Powell

1961—1977

48

George Scott

1966—1979

49

Bill White

1956—1969

50

Ted Kluszewski

1947—1961

51

Kent Hrbek

1981—1994

52

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THE REST OF THE 100 GREATEST FIRST BASEMEN

WAR7: Best 7 Seasons
wins above replacement
— first basemen —
Lou Gehrig

68.1

Albert Pujols

61.7

Jimmie Foxx

58.6

Johnny Mize

48.8

Jeff Bagwell

48.3

George Sisler

47.0

Joey Votto

46.9

Hank Greenberg

46.8

Todd Helton

46.6

Dick Allen

45.9

Best 5 Consecutive Seasons
WINS ABOVE REplacement
— first basemen —
Lou Gehrig

47.2

Albert Pujols

44.6

Jimmie Foxx

43.0

Todd Helton

37.4

George Sisler

37.1

Jason Giambi

34.8

Jeff Bagwell

34.5

Johnny Mize

34.2

Hank Greenberg

33.8

Miguel Cabrera

33.6

WAR3: Best 3 Seasons
wins above replacement
— first basemen —
Lou Gehrig

31.8

Jimmie Foxx

28.6

Albert Pujols

27.6

George Sisler

25.3

Todd Helton

25.0

Dick Allen

24.9

Jason Giambi

24.0

Jeff Bagwell

23.4

Hank Greenberg

22.5

Johnny Mize

22.4