​​​​​​​​​​LEFTHANDED BASEBALL

The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Other Great Lefthanded Batters

Prior to 1930          1930 to 1960          1960 to 1990          Since 1990

​All-Time Best Lefthanded Batters

(played most of their career prior to 1930)

Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth & Lou Gehrig were a step above the rest of this era, 

but there were many other lefthanded batters among the best of their time.

Tris Speaker was a lefthanded throwing outfielder, who played from 1907 to 1928 with four different teams.  He finished with 3514 hits (5th all-time), 792 doubles (1st all-time), 222 triples (6th all-time), 1531 runs batted in, 436 stolen bases, and a .345 career batting average (6th all-time).   He won the American League batting title in 1916 with a .386 average, finished in the top five 12 more times.  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1937.

Shoeless Joe Jackson was a righthanded throwing outfield who played 13 years in the majors (from 1908 to 1920), with three different teams.  He finished with a .356 batting average (3rd all-time), including a .408 average in 1911.  Jackson’s was banned from baseball for his involvement in the famous 1919 gambling scandal, and never made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Eddie Collins was a righthanded throwing second-baseman who played 25 years in the majors (from 1906 to 1930), 13 with Philadelphia Athletics and 12 with the Chicago White Sox.  He finished with 3315 hits (11th all time), a .333 batting average (27th all time), and 741 stolen bases (8th all-time).  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

Lefty O’Doul was a lefthanded throwing outfielder and pitcher who played 11 years in the majors (from 1919 to 1934) with 5 different teams.  He won National League batting titles in 1929 (with a .398 average) and again in 1932.  He finished his career with a .349 average (4th all-time), but somehow he was never elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  

Willie Keeler was a lefthanded throwing outfielder who played 19 years in the majors (from 1892 to 1910), 12 years in the National League and 7 years in the American League.  He won batting titles on 1897 (with a .424 average) and 1898, and finished his career with a .341 average (14th all-time).  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

Bill Terry was a lefthanded throwing first-baseman who played 14 years in the majors (from 1923 to 1936) with the New York Giants.  He won the National League batting title in 1930 with a .401 average, and finished with a .341 average (15th all-time).  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954.

George Sisler was a lefthanded throwing first-baseman who played 15 years in the majors (from 1915 to 1930), mostly with the St. Louis Browns.  He won batting titles in 1920 (with a .407 average) and in 1922 (with a .420 average) and finished his career with a .340 average (tied for 16th all-time).  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

Mel Ott was a righthanded throwing outfielder and third-baseman who played 22 years in the majors (from 1926 to 1947) with the New York Giants.  He was the first National League player to reach 500 home runs, and finished with 511 home runs (now 24th all time), 1860 runs batted in (12th all time), 1708 walks (9th all time), and a .304 batting average.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1951.

Mickey Cochrane was a righthanded throwing catcher who played 13 years in the majors (from 1925 to 1937), 9 years with the Philadelphia Athletics and 4 with the Detroit Tigers.  He finished with a .320 batting average (the highest ever by a catcher).  He was American League MVP in 1928 and 1934, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947.

Bill Dickey was a righthanded throwing catcher who played 17 years in the majors (from 1928 to 1946) with the New York Yankees.  He finished with 202 home runs, 1209 runs batted in, and a .313 batting average.  He had four straight seasons (1936-1939) with over 20 home runs, 100 runs batted in and a .300 batting average.​  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954.

Johnny Mize is a righthanded throwing first-baseman who played 15 years in the majors (from 1936 to 1953) with three different teams.  He finished wiht 367 doubles, 359 home runs, 1337 runs batted in and a .312 batting average.  Mize missed three years in the prime of his career to military service, or his career numbers would have been much higher.  He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981.