Born in Baltimore in 1895 George Ruth Jr. became one of baseball's greatest players. He forever changed the way baseball was played, inventing the home run as an offensive weapon. Learn how Babe Ruth made baseball history on HowStuffWorks.
Cristobal Torriente was nicknamed "The Cuban Strongman" because of his broad shoulders and his ability to carry a ball club on them. Learn more about this outfielder who was part of one of the greatest defensive units of all time.
Pete Hill was a key figure on three of Negro baseball's most legendary teams: the Philadelphia Giants, the Leland Giants of Chicago and the Chicago American Giants. In 1911 he had the greatest batting season by hitting safely in 115 of 116 games.
Tony Gwynn won eight consecutive batting titles by the time he retired in 2001. Gwynn was elected to the Hall in 2007 -- the first year he was eligible. Learn about Tony Gwynn's effective swing and statistics.
Willard Brown won two Triple Crowns and three batting titles within a four year period. He was considered one of the fastest players in the game. Learn about Willard Brown's career highlights and statistics.
Kirby Puckett helped the Minnesota Twins become the first team in AL history to draw three million fans. After amassing 2,304 lifetime hits, he retired gracefully to a front office job and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.
Reggie Jackson's power hitting brought World Series rings to the Oakland A's and New York Yankees, though his sport career started with football. Read about Mr. October's path to the Hall of Fame and his family background that aided his success.
Willie Stargell played with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 21 years. Before signing with the Pirates, he was a middle linebacker for his school's football team until he broke his pelvis. See the stats that won him the NL NLCS and World Series MVP awards.
Billy Williams -- who is best remembered for his flawless swing -- was a model of the quiet, consistent star. He played 1,117 consecutive games, establishing a National League record. Discover more about his flawless swing and statistics.
A great hitter for several seasons and a very good hitter for many years, Carl Yastrzemski performed the impossible: replacing Ted Williams. He was the only American League player to get over 3,000 hits and 400 home runs.
Roberto Clemente was an extraordinary outfielder batter and role model, sending out 20,000 autographed pictures a year to kids. On the field he won four batting titles, hit 240 homers and was the National League Most Valuable Player in 1966. Read more.
Larry Doby is one of only four people to play in the World Series in both the Major and Negro leagues. In 1947, he became the first
African American to play in the American League. You can learn about Hall of Famer Larry Doby here.
Ralph Kiner has a home run ratio second only to Babe Ruth's. He even had films taken of his own swing in order to spot flaws, and took hours of extra batting practice. Learn more about this Hall of Fame hitter complete with statistics.
It is hard to believe that Mickey Mantle, the most feared hitter on the most successful baseball team in history, almost lost a leg due to a football injury and later admitted he was an alcoholic. Learn more about this Hall of Fame legend.
Richie Ashburn shared the spotlight with some of baseball's most famous players but was no less talented. He was a brilliant center fielder who recorded more than 6,000 putouts -- about 400 per year. Learn about this Hall of Fame outfielder.
Willie Mays was a beautiful fielder, a tremendous power hitter, an outstanding thrower, a canny base runner, a huge drawing card, and a durable champion. Learn more about this legendary Hall of Fame outfielder.
Al Kaline is one of Detroit's baseball legends. Kaline was raised to be a baseball player; his grandfather, father, and uncles had all been semi-pro players. Learn how he helped win the 1968 World Series and get statistics on this Hall of Famer.
Lou Brock is a Hall of Fame outfielder who set the all-time record for stolen bases. In his final season, he batted .304 at age 40, earned his 3,000th hit, and stole 21 bases in 120 games. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1985.
Joe Medwick was never one to back down from a fight. During the World Series, an on-field altercation led to him being removed from the game by the comissioner out of fears for his safety. Medwick was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968.
Joe DiMaggio is often thought of as the greatest all-round player in baseball history. He spent much of his career with the New York Yankees and became a legend in New York history. You can learn about Joe DiMaggio's legendary career in this section.