​​​​​​​​​​LEFTHANDED BASEBALL

The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

All-Time Best Lefthanded Batters

Prior to 1930          1930 to 1960          1960 to 1990          Since 1990

For the most career home runs... 

8 of the top 20 are lefthanded batters.

#1 Barry Bonds with 762 home runs
#3 Babe Ruth with 714
#6 Ken Griffey Jr. with 630
#7 Jim Thome with 612
#12 Rafael Palmeiro with 569
#13 Reggie Jackson with 563
#18 David Ortiz with 541

#20 Willie McCovey with 521

and Ted Williams with 521

For the most career hits...

8 of the top 20 are lefthanded batters.

#2 Ty Cobb with 4189 hits
#4 Stan Musial with 3630 
#5 Tris Speaker with 3415
#9 Carl Yastrzemski with 3419
#11 Eddie Collins with 3315
#16 George Brett with 3154
#17 Paul Waner with 3152
#19 Tony Gwynn with 3141​

​​For the most career runs batted...

10 of the top 20 are lefthanded batters. 

#2 Babe Ruth with 2214 runs batted in
#5 Barry Bonds with 1996
#6 Lou Gehrig with 1995
#7 Stan Musial with 1951
#8 Ty Cobb with 1933
#12 Mel Ott with 1860
#14 Carl Yastrzemski with 1839
      Ted Williams with 1839
#15 Ken Griffey Jr with 1836
#16 Rafael Palmeiro with 1835

For the highest career batting average...

14 of the top 20 are lefthanded batters.

#1 Ty Cobb with a .366 career batting average
#3 Shoeless Joe Jackson at .355
#4 Lefty O'Doul at .349
#6 Tris Speaker at.345
#7 Ted Williams at .344
     Billie Hamilton at .344
#9 Babe Ruth at .342
      Dan Brouthers at .342
#14 Willie Keeler at .341
#15 Bill Terry at .341
#16 Lou Gehrig at .340
        George Sisler at .340
#18 Tony Gwynn at .338
        Jessie Burkett at .338

Lefthanded Batters are very well represented in Major League Baseball

among the top 20 career leaders in most statistical categories.

​All-Time Best Lefthanded Batters

​Top 20 All-Time Batting Leaders