Archive for July 2012

The Heart of the Hall


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.