Baseball Players

Hall of Fame Players are truly heads and shoulders above the rest of the players in the league's history. See which players earned a bronze statue in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Jackie Robinson is rightfully lauded for breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier in 1947. But there were many unsung players who paved the way for Robinson's momentous breakthrough.

By Chris Opfer

Born in Baltimore in 1895 George Ruth Jr. became one of baseball's greatest players. He forever changed the way baseball was played, inventing the home run as an offensive weapon. Learn how Babe Ruth made baseball history on HowStuffWorks.

By Paul Adomites & Saul Wisnia

For more than a decade, Johnny Bench was the best offensive and defensive catcher in the game of baseball. He led the NL in homers twice and RBIs three times. In his first year of eligibility, Bench was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1989.

By the Editors of Publications International, Ltd.

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Stan Musial was a pitcher until an injury forced him into the outfield, where he excelled. Musial clubbed 475 career regular-season home runs. Stan the Man was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969.

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In 1925, Tony Lazzeri became the first player to belt out 60 home runs in a season. He was named by the Veterans' Committee to the Hall of Fame in 1991.

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Until Johnny Bench came along, Gabby Hartnett was the greatest catcher in the history of the National League. A prototypical catcher, he couldn’t run, would talk your ear off and lasted for years on a lot of bat and a lot more savvy.

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Bill Foster won 23 games in a row and 26 overall in 1926 with a league record of 11-4. The shrewd lefty was known for responding to pressure situations. Foster was elected to the Hall in 1996. Read about this Hall of Fame pitcher.

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Ray Schalk, a loyal White Sox catcher, holds the record for catching the most no-hitters. Get statistics on this Hall of Fame catcher.

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