Baseball is a hard game to shine in. It can be even harder for players who don’t play the game the same way as the majority of other athletes. However, being a lefty can be a definite advantage for some players. These 10 left-handed baseball greats prove it.
Joe Jackson – Forced Out But Still Great
Jackson was forced out of the game by the Black Sox scandal of 1919, but his .432 lifetime OBP earns him the opening slot on our list.
Eddie Collins – Unscathed By Scandal
Eddie Collins was smarter than a whip and it meant he walked away untouched by the Black Sox scandal back in 1919. He had incredible skill at the bat too.
Joe Morgan – A Force Of Will
Sometimes it’s not just skill that makes a player great, it’s the strong force of their will. Take Joe Morgan for example, who picked up two MVPs while dominating any and all opposition.
Tris Speaker – Maybe A Little Overrated
Tris Speaker is often considered in reference to Ty Cobb; while he was a great defensive player, he wasn’t quite in the same class. Although, Speaker did set the all-time doubles record at 792.
Stan Musial – The Plate’s Greatest Entertainer
If you put a bat in Musial’s hands, he could achieve nearly anything with it. Watching him was the finest part of the sport for a decade.
Lou Gehrig – Harshly Treated By Nature
Gehrig sits probably just a hair behind Babe Ruth in terms of ability and completeness. Sadly, ALS – also called Lou Gehrig’s disease – cut his career short before he could truly dominate the game.
Barry Bonds – An Offensive Terror
During his three MVP years, Barry Bonds was the ultimate offensive player in baseball history. It’s fair to say Bonds’ ego got the better of him in the long run, though.
Ty Cobb – So Unfairly Underrated
Ty Cobb was arguably the best all-around baseball player in history. He picked up eight crowns for slugging and a home run title. Cobb is criminally underrated.
Babe Ruth – A Close Second Left-Hander
Let’s be fair about this – Babe Ruth is baseball, but as a left-hander, he was the second-best of all-time. He hit over 700 home runs before anyone else had even broken the 400 mark.
Ted Williams – The All-Time Great
Ted Williams only won two MVP awards – but that’s because in his prime, Williams served his country for three years during World War II. Yet, Williams’ .482 OBP is the finest record of them all.