Hall of Famers command respect whether they are from the 1920s or 1990s. Learn who are the legendary great pitchers, catchers, infielders and outfielders in this section.
The Homestead Grays, a semipro team of steelworkers, were only one year old when Cum Posey joined them as an outfielder in 1911. With business savvy and an eye for baseball talent, Posey built what was a true dynasty.
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.
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.
Ryne Sandberg is the best trade in Cubs history, leading the team to an NL East crown in 1984. Holding the record of 282 home runs hit by a second baseman, he also was errorless in 123 straight games. Get stats for this great Hall of Fame player.
Wade Boggs holds a career .328 batting average the highest of the last fifty years. A 7th round draft pick out of high school in 1976, he had to fight his way up the ladder and didn't break into the majors until 1982. Learn about Wade Boggs's career.
For nine years, Bruce Sutter was the dominant reliever in the National League. His manager for four of those seasons, Whitey Herzog, referred to him as "The Sandy Koufax of relievers." Learn more about this pitcher and see his career statistics.
Pitcher Rollie Fingers set records for the most saves and longest mustache in major-league history. He did all this while spending the 11 remaining years of his career as a relief player, not a starter. Get statistics on this Hall of Fame member.
Highlight films do not serve the memory of Earl Weaver well. Too many times we have seen his embarrassing displays as he verbally assaulted umpires and extended his childish behavior as far as throwing bases.
Reggie Jackson's power hitting brought World Series rings to the Oakland A's and New York Yankees, though his sport career started with football. Read about Mr. October's path to the Hall of Fame and his family background that aided his success.
Longevity and power -- not the most typical traits of a catcher -- were the attributes that set Carlton Fisk apart. He combined the two to lead all catchers in lifetime home runs (351) and games played (2,226).
Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson was the first manager to win 600 games in both leagues. Anderson's enthusiasm sometimes led him to overstate his case when bragging about his ballplayers. Read about Sparky's World Series runs with the Reds and Tigers.
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.
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.
"The Kid," they called him in New York, and Gary Carter was a perfect fit for the Big Apple. Already a seven-time All-Star when he arrived in 1985, Carter helped propel the Mets to a world championship.
In the early 1980s, Dennis Eckersley was considered washed up -- his days as an effective pitcher seemingly over. Little did anyone know that his greatest success lay ahead.
Pitcher Tom Seaver retired with a .603 career winning percentage. His 3,640 career strikeouts ranked him third on the all-time list. Learn about Seaver's records statistics and election to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Only the second knuckleballer to reach the Hall, Phil Niekro had a career that was memorable more for longevity and durability than for flashes of brilliance or dominance. He won more than 300 games, but he also holds the record for losses. Read more.
Steve Carlton won four Cy Young Awards and finished second to Nolan Ryan for all-time strikeouts. To intensify his training, Carlton worked his arm down through a vat of rice.
Rod Carew was a master bunter and hitter winning seven batting titles in his career. He would astonish teammates by putting a handkerchief at various spots up and down the foul lines and dropping bunts onto it. Learn about Carew's statistics and career.
In his 23-year career, Don Sutton (born 1945) won 20 games only once, captured but a single ERA title, and never led his league in strikeouts. But his remarkable durability and consistency earned him a place among baseball's immortals.
From 1954 to 1957, Duke Snider had more homers and RBIs than either of greats Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. Snider also hit homers and more RBI than any player in the 1950s.
Tom Yawkey owned the Boston Red Sox for 44 years. Yawkey bought the Red Sox for $1.5 million and spared nothing in his attempt to bring a world championship to the Hub. Learn how Yawkey earned a spot in the Hall of Fame.
Willie Stargell played with the Pittsburgh Pirates for 21 years. Before signing with the Pirates, he was a middle linebacker for his school's football team until he broke his pelvis. See the stats that won him the NL NLCS and World Series MVP awards.
Gaylord Perry -- the only pitcher in history to have won the Cy Young Award in both leagues -- fooled hitters and umpires for 22 years. An admitted proponent of the spitball, he entitled his autobiography Me and the Spitter.