My All Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Lefty Grove

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/grove-lefty

1935-1941 for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox

300 career victories

3.06 career earned run average (ERA), which is fifth all time among pitchers who threw at least 1,000 innings

2,266 career strikeouts

2-time World Series champion (1929,1930)

6-time All Star

American League MVP in 1931

2-time pitching Triple Crown winner (victories, ERA, strikeouts)

4-time AL victories leader

9-time AL ERA leader

7-time AL strikeout leader

.680 lifetime winning percentage is eighth all-time, yet none of the seven pitchers ahead of him won more than 236 games

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1947

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

SP: Warren Spahn

SP: Grover Cleveland Alexander

SP: Lefty Grove

My All-Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Grover Cleveland Alexander

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/alexander-grover-cleveland

1911-1930 with Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs, and St. Louis Cardinals

Nicknames, “Old Pete”

373 career victories (third most all time)

2.56 career earned run average (ERA)

2,198 career strikeouts

3-time MLB pitching triple crown winner (victories, ERA, strikeouts)

6-time National League wins leader

4-time NL ERA leader

6-time NL strikeout leader

1926 World Series champion (St. Louis Cardinals)

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1938

Ranked number 12 on the Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players

Jersey retired by the Phillies

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

Third Base: Mike Schmidt

Left Field: Ted Williams

Center Field: Willie Mays

Right Field: Babe Ruth

Starting Pitcher: Walter Johnson

Starting Pitcher: Christy Mathewson

Starting Pitcher: Warren Spahn

Starting Pitcher: Grover Cleveland Alexander

My All-Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Christy Mathewson

https://baseballhall.org/hall-of-famers/mathewson-christy

1900-1916, primarily for the New York Giants

Also known as “Matty”

373 career victories

2.13 career earned run average (ERA)

2,502 career strikeouts

2-time National League pitching triple crown winner (wins, ERA, strikeouts)

4-time NL wins leader

5-time NL ERA leader

5-time NL strikeout leader

Pitched 2 no-hitters

World Series champion in 1905

Pitched 3 complete game shutouts in the 1905 World Series, allowing a mere 14 hits

Inducted into Baseball hall of Fame in 1936 as part of the inaugural class that included Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and Walter Johnson

Named to Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999

Ranked in 1999 #7 on The Sporting News’ list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players (highest ranked pitcher)

ESPN ranked his feats in the 1905 World Series as the greatest playoff performance of all time

Insisted on enlisting into the United States Army for World War One. In France, he was accidentally gassed during a chemical training exercise and contracted tuberculosis. He died of the illness in 1925 at the age of 45.

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

SP: Christy Mathewson

My All Time Baseball Team

Starting Pitcher: Walter Johnson

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Johnson

1907-1927, all for the Washington Senators

Nicknamed “The Big Train”

417 career wins (second most all time)

2.17 career earned run average (ERA)

3,508 career strikeouts, a record that stood for 56 seasons

All time leader with 110 career shutouts

4th all time with 531 career complete games

1924 World Series champion

2-time American League MVP

6-time AL win leader

5-time AL ERA leader

12-time AL strikeout leader

Named to the Major League Baseball All Century Team in 1999

Names to Major League Baseball All Time Team

Inducted in the Baseball hall of Fame in 1936 as part of its inaugural class, along with Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, and Honus Wagner

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

SP: Walter Johnson

My All Time Baseball Team

Right Field: Babe Ruth

https://www.biography.com/athlete/babe-ruth

1914-1935, primarily for the New York Yankees, as well as stints with the Boston Red Sox and Boston Braves

.342 lifetime batting average

714 career home runs

2,214 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

2,873 career hits

94-46 lifetime record as a lefthanded pitcher for Red Sox, with a 2.28 earned run average (ERA)

7-time World Series champion

12-time American League home run leader

5-time American League rbi leader

2-time AL All-Star

1923 AL Most Valuable Player

1924 AL batting champion

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as part of its first class in 1936

Led the game in its transition from the dead ball era to one that featured long home runs, earning him unending adulation from fans

Legendary nicknames include “The Bambino” and “The Sultan of Swat”

Ranked by the Sporting News number one on its list of “Baseball’s 100 Greatest Players”

In 1999, was named to baseball’s All Century Team

Honorable Mention: Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Mel Ott, Tony Gwynn, Reggie Jackson, Al Kaline, Ichiro Suzuki, Vladimir Guerrero, Dave Winfield, Paul Waner, Tony Oliva, Kiki Cuyler, Sam Crawford, Enos Slaughter, Harry Heilmann, Sam Rice, Chuck Klein

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

RF: Babe Ruth

My All-Time Baseball Team

Center Field: Willie Mays

https://www.biography.com/athlete/willie-mays

1951-1973, primarily for the New York/San Francisco Giants

.302 career lifetime batting average

660 career home runs

1,903 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

3,282 career hits

24-time National League All-Star

1954 World Series champion

2-time NL Most Valuable Player

1951 NL Rookie of the Year

1954 NL batting champion

4-time NL home run leader

4-time NL stolen base leader

12-time Gold Glove Award winner

MLB’s all-time leader in outfield putouts (7,095)

2,842 games as an outfielder third most all time

All-Star Game records for most at bats (75), hits (23), runs scored (20), and stolen bases (six)

Shares All-Star Game records for most extra-base hits (eight), triples (three), and total bases (40)

Career 156.2 wins above replacement (WAR) ranks third all time for position players

Led NL in on base plus slugging (OPS) five times

Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 1979

Named to Major League Baseball’s All Century Team and All-Time Team

Honorable Mention (this position is stacked with fantastic options): Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Tris Speaker, Duke Snider, Mike Trout, Larry Doby, Richie Ashburn, Hack Wilson, Earl Averill, Edd Roush, Kirby Puckett, Vada Pinson, Andrew McCutchen, Max Carey

C: Yogi Berra

1B: Lou Gehrig

2B: Rogers Hornsby

SS: Honus Wagner

3B: Mike Schmidt

LF: Ted Williams

CF: Willie Mays

My All-Time Baseball Team

Left Field: Ted Williams

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0931775/

1939-1960, all for the Boston Red Sox

Considered by many the greatest hitter of all time

.344 career batting average

521 career home runs

1,839 career runs batted in (rbi’s)

19-time all star

2-time American League MVP

2-time American League Triple Crown winner (batting average, home runs, rbi’s)

6-time AL batting champion

4-time AL home run leader

Last player to hit .400 (.406 in 1941)

MLB record .482 on base percentage

Served two tours of duty in the military (World War 2 and Korean War) and lost 5 years of playing time during his prime

Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966

Hall of Fame speech called for the recognition and inclusion of African American players

Honorable Mention: Stan Musial, Cart Yastrzemski, Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Al Simmons, Ralph Kiner, Billy Williams, Jim Rice, Lou Brock, Charlie Keller, Joe Medwick, Goose Goslin, Fred Clarke, Ed Delahanty, Frank Howard, Tim Raines, Willie Stargell,

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

Second Base: Rogers Hornsby

Shortstop: Honus Wagner

Third Base: Mike Schmidt

Left Field: Ted Williams

My All-Time Baseball Team

First Base: Lou Gehrig

https://www.wsj.com/articles/lou-gehrig-the-lost-memoir-review-a-yankee-hero-tells-his-story-11589498575

1923-1939, all with the New York Yankees

.340 career batting average

493 lifetime home runs

1,995 career runs batted in (rbi)

7 all-star appearances

6 world championships

Twice named American League MVP

Triple crown winner in 1934

Only player ever to record at least 500 rbi in any three consecutive seasons

13 consecutive seasons with at least 100 rbi’s

Most seasons ever with at least 400 total bases (five)

Diagnosed in 1939 with ALS and retired immediately

Affects of illness before diagnosis forced Gehrig to bench himself because of poor play, ending his streak of 2,130 consecutive games played (a record broken by Cal Ripken in 1995)

Games played streak earned him the nickname, “The Iron Horse”

Gave the famous, “Luckiest man on the face of the earth” speech at Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939

Died on June 2, 1941 at age 37 from ALS

Honorable Mention: Jimmie Foxx, Hank Greenberg, Johnny Mize, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Cap Anson, Dan Brouthers, Albert Pujols, Frank Thomas, Eddie Murray, Miguel Cabrera

Catcher: Yogi Berra

First Base: Lou Gehrig

My All-Time Baseball Team

Catcher: Yogi Berra

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/06/26/sports/yogi-berras-face-is-postage-stamp-his-body-work-has-been-underappreciated/

1946-1965, primarily for the New York Yankees

.285 lifetime batting average

358 home runs

1,430 runs batted in

Caught Don Larsen’s 1956 World Series perfect game

Played in 14 World Series, winning 10

Clutch hitter who had more home runs than strikeouts in a season five times

Defensively sound and great handler of pitchers

Had perfect fielding record (1.000) in 1958

Coached and managed until the late 1980’s

Known worldwide for his “Yogiisms”

Honorable Mention:

Johnny Bench, Roy Campanella, Ivan Rodriguez, Mickey Cochrane, Bill Dickey

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