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My All-Time Baseball Team

1897-1917, primarily for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

.340 lifetime batting average

3,430 career hits

1,732 career runs batted in (rbi)

722 career stolen bases

8-time National League (NL) batting champion (only duplicated by Tony Gwynn)

5-time NL rbi leader

5-time NL stolen base leader

Gifted fielder who was widely considered the best defender at any position he played

1909 World Series champion

Part of baseball’s inaugural Hall of Fame class of 1936, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, and Christy Mathewson

Remained with the Pirates as a coach for 39 years after his playing days were over

His T206 1909 baseball card has sold for over $3 million

Honorable Mention: Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken Jr., Ozzie Smith, Lou Boudreau, Luke Appling, Joe Cronin, Arky Vaughn, Luis Aparicio, Pee Wee Reese, George Davis, Rabbit Maranville, Maury Wills, Barry Larkin, Robin Yount, Alan Trammell, Travis Jackson, Derek Jeter, Willie Wells, John Henry Lloyd, Al Dark, Joe Sewell

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner