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.

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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.

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.