Second Base players need to be quick on their feet and great at the plate as well. See the Hall of Fame Second Basemen in this section.
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.
A quote regarding Frank Grant's baseball skills comes from Robert W. Peterson, premier Negro baseball historian: "Probably the best of the black players in organized baseball during the nineteenth century before the color line was drawn."
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.
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.
Joe Morgan is best remembered as the catalyst for the "Big Red Machine" in 1975 and 1976. Morgan played more games at second base than anyone but Eddie Collins. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
Second baseman Red Schoendienst together with Marty Marion formed one of baseball's best double-play team-ups in the 1950s. Learn about his game-winning home run in the 14th inning of the All-Star Game and return to the game after serious illness.
For the 1950s, Nellie fox was “Mr. Second Base” in the American League. A hustling, hard-nosed, two-way player, he was an All-Star a dozen times. Good thing he talked his parents into letting him try out for the Philadelphia A’s when he was only 16 years old.
Bill Mazeroski is best known for hitting the most important home run in Pirates history. During Mazeroski's prime, he was considered the best defensive middle infielder in the game. Get statistics on this Hall of Fame second baseman.
Up until 1985, Billy Herman was the last player to appear in 1,000 or more games at second base and retire with a career batting average above .300. Read more about this Hall of Fame second baseman and see his statistics.
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.
Never flamboyant and the possessor of an almost Sphinx-like demeanor, Charlie Gehringer might have gone virtually unnoticed on the baseball diamond but for one remarkable quality. He gave the same quietly outstanding performance day in and day out.
Bid McPhee was one of the finest defensive players in the history of baseball. Many players were wearing gloves in McPhee's time, but McPhee did it all barehanded. Read bio and statistics for this Hall of Fame second baseman.
With the lone exception of Ty Cobb, no baseball superstar was more disliked than Rogers Hornsby. But despite being unpopular, he was still was the greatest right-handed hitter in history. Find statistics for this Hall of Fame player and manager.
Bobby Doerr was a great-hitting second baseman who drove in over 100 runs six times as the Red Sox finished first or second in seven of his 14 seasons. Learn about this Hall of Fame second baseman, with stats and photos.
John McGraw once said that Eddie Collins was the best ballplayer he'd ever seen. Collins played in 25 seasons, turning in one outstanding season after another for nearly 20 years, and is arguably the greatest second baseman in history.
Nap Lajoie was so popular his Cleveland Naps team was named after him. He was also impressive on the field with setting a 20th-Century record by batting .422 and winning the Triple Crown in 1901. Learn more about this Hall of Fame second baseman.
One of the key members of the storied 1908 Chicago Cubs was Johnny Evers. His devotion to learning everything there is to know about the game of baseball paid off for him and increased his success. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1946.
The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown New York commemorates some of the great second basemen. This section features information on the careers of some of the most famous second basemen found in the Hall of Fame.
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