Top 3 Baseball Players since 1950

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Choosing the absolute top 3 is debatable (boy is it!), but here are 3 strong contenders for the title of top baseball figures since 1950, along with their achievements:

  1. Willie Mays (1951-1970s): Mays is widely considered one of the greatest all-around players ever. He excelled at hitting for average and power, baserunning, and fielding. He holds numerous records, including most career home runs by a center fielder (660) and second-most stolen bases (338). His iconic catches and dazzling defense made him a fan favorite.
  2. Hank Aaron (1954-1976): Aaron is another legend, best known for breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record (eventually surpassing 750). His longevity and consistency were incredible, with 25 seasons hitting over 20 home runs. He also faced significant challenges as a Black player early in his career.
  3. Mickey Mantle (1951-1968): Mantle, a teammate of Mays for a time, was a power hitter with incredible raw talent. He holds Triple Crown records (leading the league in batting average, home runs, and RBIs) and was a force to be reckoned with during his prime.

It’s important to note that other players like Jackie Robinson (broke racial barrier), Tom Seaver (revolutionized pitching), and Roger Clemens (dominant pitcher with longevity) have strong arguments for being on this list.