Shortstop

Shortstop is perhaps the most important position in the infield because the position has to cover so much space. See who made the Hall of Fame as a shortstop.


When Robin Yount was hot, he was positively scorching. He won Gold Glove and MVP awards playing shortstop and center field for the Milwaukee Brewers, and even after an injury he tallied four consecutive .300 seasons as an outfielder. Get more stats.

Ozzie Smith's defensive play earned 13 consecutive Gold Gloves and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. His trademark pregame backflip also thrilled Cardinals supporters and won him legions of young fans nationwide. Read up on Smith's all-time shortstop records.

One of the first stars at the shortstop position was George Wright. His legendary contributions to not only the shortstop position but the game of baseball as a whole helped cement his position in the baseball Hall of Fame.

When Cal Ripken beat Lou Gehrig's streak, he didn't just break it, he blew it wide open, appearing for more than three additional seasons without missing a game. In doing so, he earned baseball-wide respect as a consistently valuable performer.

Luis Aparicio won nine consecutive stolen base titles a record that remains unbroken. During his 20-year career, Aparicio never performed for a single inning at any position other than shortstop. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.

Ernie Banks' reputation as a goodwill ambassador should not obscure his great playing ability. He was a fine fielding shortstop and a power hitter who had an unbridled enthusiasm for the game of baseball.

Despite his short stature, Pee Wee Reese stood so tall among his teammates that he was able to silence a team revolt against Jackie Robinson in 1947. Learn more about this Hall of Fame shortstop complete with statistics.

Phil Rizzuto was thought too small for pro baseball but made up for it with remarkable talent. He appeared in every World Series game from 1949 to 1953, when the Yankees set a record with five consecutive championships. Learn more about this Hall of Fame shortstop.

Joe Cronin was perhaps one of the best shortstops in the major leagues between 1930 and World War II. He compiled a lifetime .301 batting average by hitting over .300 in 10 seasons. Here, you can learn about the career of Joe Cronin.

Although his statistics are decent, they are not the reason why Joe Sewell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The reason he was selected to the Hall of Fame was because he almost never struck out. He averaged one strikeout for every 63 at bats.

Arky Vaughan's .406 career on-base percentage is the highest in history by a shortstop. He led the NL three times in walks, triples, runs, and on-base percentage. Read about this Hall of Fame shortstop and see his statistics.

Luke Appling was a batsman second to none, hitting over .300 16 times in his 20-year career. An Atlanta ball player, he later played for the White Sox. Get the stats on this baseball great.

Willie Wells was a great shortstop and turned himself into an excellent hitter in the course of his 26-year career. He slugged 27 homers in one season and won batting titles in 1929 and 1930. Read more about this Hall of Famer.

By the late 1910s, Dave Bancroft was rated the top all-around shortstop in the National League. Perhaps his two greatest assets were his outstanding range and his skill at working the hit-and-run play. Learn more.

Out of the immortal Chicago Cubs trio of Tinker, Evers and Chance, Joe Tinker is the least-known member. This may lead you to believe he was the lesser player, but the truth is that he was actually the best of the three.

When Rhoderick John Wallace (1873-1960) was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1953, he was the first former American League shortstop to be enshrined. Learn more about this Hall of Fame shortstop and see his statistics.

Honus Wagner was one of the first players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. An incredible shortstop, Wagner was also highly productive as a hitter. You can learn about the extraordinary career of Honus Wagner in this section.

In 1924, Travis Jackson was one of the best fielders in the league. In 1931, he led all NL shortstops in total chances and fielding average. Read about this Hall of Fame shortstop and third baseman and see his stats.

Walter James Vincent Maranville was nicknamed “Rabbit” by fans who were captivated by the way the diminutive shortstop scurried and hopped about the infield. Learn why he is the only Hall of Famer who was demoted to the minors midcareer and view the stats of this ball player.

Pop Lloyd played pro or semipro baseball from his mid-teens until he was 58. He was in demand for All-Star games and tours to Cuba and the West Coast and helped lead the American Giants to championships in 1914 and 1917. Get this player's stats.

An early dispute between the American League and the National League centered on George Davis. You can check out the statistics for Hall of Famer George Davis in this section.

In the 1890s, Hughie Jennings helped the Baltimore Orioles win three straight pennants. After spending several seasons in the minor leagues, he was hired as the manager for the Tigers in 1907. You can see the highlights of his career here.

Monte Ward racked up 108 major league wins before his 21st birthday. He definitely had something to celebrate. See why Ward made a greater contribution to baseball more than most other players or executives of his time.

Baseball shortstops are celebrated in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Here, you can learn about the careers of some of the best shortstops found in the Hall of Fame.