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First Base

First Base players need to be able to hit and field. Learn who were some of the great players at this position.

Johnny Mize

Johnny Mize won five World Series rings with the New York Yankees. Mize seemed to get better with age and finally retired after the 1953 season at the age of 40. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.

Ben Taylor was a first baseman nicknamed “Old Reliable." Find out about how Ben Taylor earned this title and learn about his career. See more »

Mule Suttles hit the first home run in the history of baseball in 1933 and is credited with 237 homers total. See Mule Suttles’s other statistics. See more »

Eddie Murray amassed over 3,000 hits and 500 homers, becoming one of only three players ever to do so. Learn Eddie Murray’s other statistics. See more »

Paul Molitor is among the top ten hitters of all time, with over 3,000 hits and 600 doubles. Learn about Paul Molitor’s unique career. See more »

Tony Perez retired from baseball ranked 14th on the career RBI list. See how Perez’s batting and home run statistics led him to the Hall of Fame. See more »

Willie McCovey hit 521 home runs during his fluctuating career. Learn more about Hall of Fame slugger Willie McCovey’s career and statistics. See more »

Orlando Cepeda was unanimously elected Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Learn more about slugger Orlando Cepeda and see his statistics. See more »

Harmon Killebrew is the top right-handed home run hitter in AL history. See the slugging stats that led MVP “Killer” to the Baseball Hall of Fame. See more »

Buck Leonard led the Negro National League in 1941 by hitting .392. Learn more about this Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman and see his statistics. See more »

Hank Greenberg’s 183 RBI in 1937 is the third highest total in history. Learn more about this Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and see his statistics. See more »