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The List: All-time most beloved ballplayers
Page 2 staff

For this week's Page 2 list, we're out to find the most beloved baseball player of all-time.

Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth became a symbol for baseball.
Check out our top 10, then examine the choices of Page 2 readers and vote in our poll to pick your favorite ballplayer.

Here are Page 2's choices:

1. Babe Ruth
Possibly the most popular pre-TV American ever, no matter what profession.

2. Cal Ripken Jr.
The workingman's hero.

3. Stan Musial
The Man, and not just in St. Louis.

4. Mark McGwire
Beloved for work off the field as well.

5. Sammy Sosa

6. Ernie Banks
"Let's play two, Mr. Cub."

Kirby Puckett
Every player should learn from Kirby Puckett's enthusiasm.
7. Ichiro Suzuki
No. 1 in Seattle, and throughout Asia, which, Page 2 notes, is heavily populated.

8. Kirby Puckett
Loved every minute he played, and everybody who watched him knew it.

9. Willie Stargell
Pops to more than just the Pirates' fam-i-lee.

10. Derek Jeter
Oh, to be young, famous, handsome, rich and popular in New York.

Honorable mentions
Roberto Clemente, Mike Piazza, Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski, Joe Dimaggio, Jackie Robinson, Tony Gwynn, Willie McCovey, Pedro Martinez, Lou Gehrig, George Brett, Satchel Paige, Al Kaline, Andre Dawson

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