Some topics are too fun to ignore. Recently a number of my favorite baseball bloggers have been putting up their lists of the top 50 players who are already in the Hall of Fame. As a baseball fan, naturally, I have a lot of thoughts on the topic. I’ll use Verdun’s set up to list out my guys. Tell me what you think.
1B: Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig
2B: Eddie Collins, Charlie Gehringer, Rogers Hornsby, Napoleon LaJoie, Joe Morgan, Jackie Robinson
SS: Cal Ripken, Arky Vaughan, Honus Wagner, Robin Yount
3B: Wade Boggs, George Brett, Eddie Mathews, Mike Schmidt
LF: Rickey Henderson, Stan Musial, Ted Williams, Carl Yaztrzemski
CF: Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Duke Snider, Tris Speaker
RF: Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Mel Ott, Frank Robinson, Babe Ruth
C: Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra
P: Grover Cleveland Alexander, Bob Feller, Lefty Grove, Christy Mathewson, Phil Niekro, Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Warren Spahn, Walter Johnson, Cy Young
Negro Leaguers: Oscar Charleston, Martin DiHigo, Josh Gibson, John Henry Lloyd, Satchel Paige
It is a range of players, basically ignoring the 19th century. There is certainly an argument against doing it that way, but I find it simpler to focus on the 20th century and beyond. Cy Young is so good that I like on this list anyway. I figured 10 pitchers would be fair representation along with 5 representatives of the Negro Leagues. My next player off was Paul Molitor, and my next pitcher was Bob Gibson. A final thought: it is rough being a catcher.