Baseballs Greatest Hitters of All Time

ERA 4 Baseball's Modern Era 1950 TO 1964

The Golden Age of Baseball

Average home runs hit per team per year in this era: 133.45 

Baseball in the 1950s and early 60s set the stage for the game as we now know it

Era 4 is the beginning of Modern Day Baseball as we saw many changes in the game after World War II.  With the emergence of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, we were finally able to see many other great black ball players such as Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks and of course the “Say Hey Kid” Willie Mays.   Technological advances with the Television allowed baseball to be spread to a larger audience than it ever had been.  We also saw an expansion of  baseball with teams relocating to the West Coast, an increase of 8 games per season and an addition of 2 teams to both the American and National leagues.

The Golden Age of Baseball's home run chase

One of the most defining moments of this Era was the great Home Run Chase in 1961.  In an attempt to break Babe Ruth’s record two teammates - Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris went on a home run tear which attracted the attention of baseball fans across the country.  This event was the first example of controversy surrounding milestones and records relating to the Home Run, as many people felt the record should be listed with an asterisk because in 1961 it took Roger Maris eight extra games to break the record.

Listed below are the greatest hitters in baseball in the 1950s and early 60s.

This list includes the top 3 hitting catchers, the top 3 hitting first baseman, the top 3 hitting second baseman, the top 3 hitting third baseman, the top 3 hitting short stops and the top 10 hitting outfielders.  Also listed below are the 25 greatest hitters of era 4.
Hall of Fame * Veterans Committee **

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 Top 3 -
Catchers
     Player Name  Rating Years Played
1 YOGI BERRA * 3.911 1946 to 1965
2 ROY CAMPANELLA * 3.627 1948 to 1957
3 SMOKEY BURGESS 3.218 1949 to 1967
       
Top 3 - 1st Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 HARMONKILLEBREW* 3.850 1954to 1975
2 ORLANDO CEPEDA** 3.775 1958to 1974
3 GIL HODGES 3.762 1943to 1963
       
Top 3 - 2nd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 JACKIE ROBINSON * 3.758 1947to 1956
2 NELLIE FOX * 3.328 1947to 1965
3 RED SCHOENDIST ** 3.325 1945to 1963
       
Top 3 - 3rd Basemen Player Name Rating Years Played
1 EDDIE MATTHEWS * 3.975 1951to 1968
2 KEN BOYER 3.587 1956 to1969
3 BROOKS ROBINSON * 3.585 1955 to1977
       
Top 3 - Shortstops Player Name Rating Years Played
1 ERNIE BANKS * 3.882 1953 to1971
2 LUIS APARICIO * 3.321 1956 to1973
3 ALVIN DARK 3.266 1946 to1960
       
Top 10 - Outfielders Player Name Rating Years Played
1 HANK AARON * 4.758 1954 to1976
2 WILLIE MAYS * 4.617 1951 to1972
3 MICKEY MANTLE * 4.424 1951 to1968
4 FRANK ROBINSON* 4.353 1956 to1976
5 AL KALINE* 4.023 1953 to1974
6 ROBERTO CLEMENTE* 3.993 1955 to1972
7 DUKE SNIDER * 3.960 1947 to1964
8 MINNIE MINOSO 3.710 1949 to1980
9 ROCKY COLAVITO 3.682 1955 to1968
10 VIC WERTZ 3.674 1947 to1963
       
 Top 25
Players of ERA 4
Player Name Rating Years Played
1 Hank Aaron  * 4.758 1954 to1976
2 Willie Mays  * 4.617 1951 to1972
3 Mickey Mantle * 4.424 1951 to1968
4 Frank Robinson * 4.353 1956 to1976
5 Al Kaline  * 4.023 1953 to1974
6 Roberto Clemente * 3.993 1955 to1972
7 Eddie Matthews  * 3.975 1951 to1968
8 Duke Snider  * 3.960 1947 to1964
9 Yogi Berra  * 3.911 1946 to1965
10 Ernie Banks  * 3.882 1953 to1971
11 Harmon Killebrew  * 3.850 1954 to1975
12 Orlando Cepeda  ** 3.775 1958 to1974
13 Gil Hodges 3.762 1943 to1963
14 Jackie Robinson * 3.758 1947 to1956
15 Minnie Minoso 3.710 1949 to1980
16 Rocky Colavito 3.682 1955 to1968
17 Vic Wertz 3.674 1947 to1963
18 Larry Doby  ** 3.672 1947 to1959
19 Norm Cash 3.660 1958 to1974
20 Ted Kluzewski 3.643 1947 to1961
21 Roy Sievers 3.640 1949 to1965
22 Roy Campanella * 3.627 1948 to1957
23 Vada Pinson 3.624 1958 to1975
24 Jackie Jensen 3.623 1950 to1961
25 Ken Boyer 3.587 1956to1969 
Compare Baseball in the 1950's- mid 60's to other Eras:
Dead Ball Era     The Ruth Era     Baseball During WW11
The Pitching Era     The Last Clean Era     Steroid Era Pt. 1  Steroid Era Pt.2
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