First Base

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


Ben Taylor was a first baseman nicknamed "Old Reliable." In Taylor's first 16 seasons, he hit over .300 15 times. Taylor was selected for the Hall of Fame in 2006. Find out about how Ben Taylor earned this title and learn about his career.

A ballplayer who gets the nickname "Mule" probably isn't a speedy middle infielder. Rather, Mule Suttles is famous for hitting the first home run in the history of baseball in 1933 and is credited with 237 homers total. See Mule's stats and bio.

Eddie Murray topped 150 games and played 16 times, which helps explain how he collected 3,255 hits, 504 home runs, and 1,917 RBI, won a World Series ring, and made eight All-Star teams.

Paul Molitor tried his hand at every infield and outfield position, struggled to stay healthy and didn't hit his stride until he was past 30. However, he is among the top ten hitters of all time with over 3000 hits and 600 doubles. Learn his unique career.

Tony Perez retired from baseball ranked 14th on the career RBI list. At age 42, he became the oldest player ever to hit a grand slam. See how Perez's batting and home run statistics led him to the Hall of Fame.

Willie McCovey was a great slugger, and one of the San Francisco Giants's most popular players. McCovey hit 521 home runs during his fluctuating career. Learn more about Hall of Fame slugger Willie McCovey's career and statistics.

They called Orlando Cepeda "Baby Bull," in deference to "The Bull," the nickname given to his father, a legend among Puerto Rican ballplayers. Read the stats that got Orlando unanimously elected Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, including hitting the first home on the West Coast in regulation play.

The greatest right-handed hitter in AL history is Harmon Killebrew. He won the AL MVP award in 1969 when he amassed 49 homers. You can see the stats that led MVP Harmon "Killer" Killebrew to the Hall of Fame in this section.

Buck Leonard was a left-handed power-hitting first baseman who was often compared to Lou Gehrig. Buck was a key ingredient to the domination of the Homestead Grays in the 1930s.

Hank Greenberg became famous when he amassed 183 RBIs in 1937, which is the third highest total in history. The highlights of this hall of fame outfielder's career are presented in this section.

George Sisler made a name for himself when he set an all-time major-league record in 1920 when he racked up 257 hits. You can check out the statistics for Hall of Fame first baseman George Sisler.

George Kelly had a hand in helping the Giants win four straight pennants and two world championships. Here, you can learn about the career and see the stats for Hall of Fame first baseman George Kelly.

Jake Beckley was nicknamed "Eagle Eye" for his hitting skill. He was also the first person to play professional baseball for 20 years and never be on a pennant winning team. You can learn about the career of "Eagle Eye" Beckley in this section.

Jimmie Fox was known for hitting more home runs than any other player in the 1930s. He won back to back MVP awards in 1932 and 1933 with 169 RBI and 58 homers in 1932. Here, you can learn about the career of Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx.

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.

Frank Leroy Chance was one of the first native Californians to achieve stardom in "The Eastern Game," as it was then known. Nicknamed "Husk," his size worked against him, as he lacked the necessary agility in back of the plate.

Jim Bottomley is famous for becoming the first player to rise from a team's own farm system. In 1928, he topped the National League in triples, home runs, RBI, and total bases. Here, you can learn about the career of this Hall of Famer.

Lou Gehrig's 23 home runs with the bases loaded surpass all players in history. He played a record 2,130 consecutive games for the Yankees, although not always at the same position or for the entire game. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1939.

An Atlanta native, New York Giants first baseman Bill Terry -- the last National League player to hit .400 -- notched a .401 average in 1930 and had a .341 career average with 2,193 hits in 14 years of service.

By any standard, Dan Brouthers was the greatest hitter in the game’s first period from 1871 (the founding of the National Association) to 1893, when the pitcher’s mound was established at its present 60960 distance from home plate.

Roger Connor was the only baseball player before 1900 to collect more than 1000 walks. He wasn't a bad slugger either. His 136 home runs stood as the career record until Babe Ruth surpassed the mark in 1921. Read about this Hall of Fame first baseman.

As a player and manager, Cap Anson led the Chicago White Stockings to five pennants. See bio and statistics on this Hall of Fame first baseman.

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown celebrates some of the greatest players to ever play the game of baseball. In this section, you can learn about some of the pitchers that are found in the Hall of Fame.