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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.

Joe Sewell

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.

Robin Yount

Robin Yount won Gold Glove and MVP awards playing shortstop and center field for the Milwaukee Brewers. Read up on Yount’s Hall of Fame statistics. See more »

Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith’s defensive play earned 13 consecutive Gold Gloves and a spot in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Read up on Smith’s all-time shortstop records. See more »

George Wright

George Wright is considered the first king of shortstops. Discover George Wright’s statistics and legendary contributions to the game of baseball. See more »

Cal Ripken

Cal Ripken holds the record for most consecutive games at 2,632, breaking Lou Gehrig's historic streak. Learn more about Cal Ripken's career. See more »

Luis Aparicio

Luis Aparicio won nine consecutive stolen base titles, a record that remains unbroken. Learn more about Luis Aparicio’s stealth and statistics. See more »

Ernie Banks

Known as Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks held a rookie record of 105 double plays in 1954. Get statistics on this Hall of Fame shortstop and first baseman. See more »

Pee Wee Reese

Pee Wee Reese was small in size but large on talent. Learn more about this Hall of Fame shortstop, complete with statistics. See more »

Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto was thought too small for pro baseball, but made up for it with remarkable talent. Learn more about this Hall of Fame shortstop. See more »

Joe Cronin

Joe Cronin compiled a lifetime .301 batting average by hitting over .300 in 10 seasons. Read about this Hall of Fame manager and see his statistics. See more »

Joe Sewell

In addition to being one of baseball's best shortstops, Joe Sewell almost never struck out. Find statistics and history for this Hall of Fame player. See more »