Throughout the annals of baseball history, the art of hitting a round ball with a round bat has always been considered one of the toughest things to do in all of sports.
The fine line between hitting well and hitting poorly is indeed tiny—and characterized by failure. In school, if you incorrectly answer seven out of 10 questions, you are awarded a failing grade.
In baseball, if a hitter fails seven out of 10 times, he's a very good hitter.
But if he fails eight out of 10 times, he's a bum.
A 70 percent fail rate is all it takes to be considered a pure hitter. To be able to do it consistently over the course of a career is indeed rare.
Here is a list of 50 hitters who usually flew under the radar, yet consistently hit at a high level throughout their careers.
For the purposes of this presentation, we will not include any player who has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. With that kind of recognition, it's pretty difficult to call them underrated, anyway.