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
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.
Until Johnny Bench came along, Gabby Hartnett was the greatest catcher in the history of the National League. A prototypical catcher, he couldnât run, would talk your ear off and lasted for years on a lot of bat and a lot more savvy.