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First Base

First Base players need to be able to hit and field. Learn who were some of the great players at this position.

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Frank Chance

Frank Leroy Chance was one of the first native Californians to achieve stardom in "The Eastern Game," as it was then known. Nicknamed "Husk," his size worked against him, as he lacked the necessary agility in back of the plate.


Ben Taylor was a first baseman nicknamed "Old Reliable." In Taylor's first 16 seasons, he hit over .300 15 times. Taylor was selected for the Hall of Fame in 2006. Find out about how Ben Taylor earned this title and learn about his career. See more »

A ballplayer who gets the nickname "Mule" probably isn't a speedy middle infielder. Rather, Mule Suttles is famous for hitting the first home run in the history of baseball in 1933 and is credited with 237 homers total. See Mule's stats and bio. See more »

Eddie Murray topped 150 games and played 16 times, which helps explain how he collected 3,255 hits, 504 home runs, and 1,917 RBI, won a World Series ring, and made eight All-Star teams. See more »

Paul Molitor tried his hand at every infield and outfield position, struggled to stay healthy and didn't hit his stride until he was past 30. However, he is among the top ten hitters of all time with over 3000 hits and 600 doubles. Learn his unique career. See more »

Tony Perez retired from baseball ranked 14th on the career RBI list. At age 42, he became the oldest player ever to hit a grand slam. See how Perez's batting and home run statistics led him to the Hall of Fame. See more »

Willie McCovey was a great slugger, and one of the San Francisco Giants's most popular players. McCovey hit 521 home runs during his fluctuating career. Learn more about Hall of Fame slugger Willie McCovey's career and statistics. See more »

They called Orlando Cepeda "Baby Bull," in deference to "The Bull," the nickname given to his father, a legend among Puerto Rican ballplayers. Read the stats that got Orlando unanimously elected Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player, including hitting the first home on the West Coast in regulation play. See more »

The greatest right-handed hitter in AL history is Harmon Killebrew. He won the AL MVP award in 1969 when he amassed 49 homers. You can see the stats that led MVP Harmon "Killer" Killebrew to the Hall of Fame in this section. See more »

Buck Leonard was a left-handed power-hitting first baseman who was often compared to Lou Gehrig. Buck was a key ingredient to the domination of the Homestead Grays in the 1930s. See more »

Hank Greenberg became famous when he amassed 183 RBIs in 1937, which is the third highest total in history. The highlights of this hall of fame outfielder's career are presented in this section. See more »