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Outfield: Willie Mays Outfield: Willie Mays Outfield: Babe Ruth Outfield: Babe Ruth Outfield: Ted Williams Outfield: Ted Williams First base: Lou Gehrig First base: Lou Gehrig Second base: Rogers Hornsby Second base: Rogers Hornsby Third base: Brooks Robinson Third base: Brooks Robinson Shortstop: Honus Wagner Shortstop: Honus Wagner Catcher: Johnny Bench Catcher: Johnny Bench Designated hitter: Edgar Martinez Designated hitter: Edgar Martinez Left-handed pitcher: Sandy Koufax Left-handed pitcher: Sandy Koufax Right-handed pitcher: Nolan Ryan Right-handed pitcher: Nolan Ryan Relief pitcher: Dennis Eckersley Relief pitcher: Dennis Eckersley

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OUTFIELD
Willie Mays
1951-1973
Willie Mays
Born: May 6, 1931,
Westfield, Ala.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 5-11.
Weight: 180.
Career Highlights: Could do almost anything on the field, and considered by many to be baseball's best all-around player. ... When he retired in 1973, only Babe Ruth had hit more home runs. ... Holds record for most multiple HR games (63). ... Holds most of the All-Star Game records.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.302 660 1,903 338
OUTFIELD
Babe Ruth
1914-1935
Babe Ruth
Born: Feb. 6, 1895,
Baltimore.
Died: Aug. 16, 1948.
Bats: Left.
Throws: Left.
Height: 6-2.
Weight: 215.
Career Highlights: Hit 714 career home runs, a record that stood long after his retirement and death, until Hank Aaron broke it in 1974. ... His long-ball prowess revolutionized the game, turning it into what it has become today. ... Numbers would be even better, but he was a high-level pitcher for the first five years of his career.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.342 714 2,213 123
OUTFIELD
Ted Williams
1939-1960
Ted Williams
Born: Aug. 30, 1918,
San Diego.
Bats: Left.
Throws: Right.
Height: 6-3.
Weight: 205.
Career Highlights: "Teddy Baseball," considered the best left-handed hitter in history. ... Led the AL in hitting six times and was the last man to hit .400 (.406 in 1941). ... Participation in World War II during his prime cut deeply into his career numbers. ... Won triple crowns in 1942 and 1947.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.344 521 1,839 24
FIRST BASE
Lou Gehrig
1923-1939
Lou Gehrig
Born: Jan. 19, 1903,
New York.
Died: June 2, 1941.
Bats: Left.
Throws: Left.
Height: 6-0.
Weight: 200.
Career Highlights: The "Iron Horse" played in a record 2,130 straight games, once thought to be an unbeatable record that was finally broken by Cal Ripken in 1995. ... Led AL in home runs three times, RBI five times. ... Drove in more than 170 runs three seasons. ... Topped 200 hits eight times. ... Won the triple crown in 1934. ... Record 23 grand slams.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.340 493 1,195 102
SECOND BASE
Rogers Hornsby
1915-1937
Rogers Hornsby
Born: April 27, 1896,
Winters, Texas.
Died: Jan. 5, 1963.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 5-11.
Weight: 175.
Career Highlights: Holds the NL record for career batting average at .358. ... Hit better than .300 15 times and better than .400 three times, including .424 in 1924. That .424 is considered the modern record for batting average in a season. ... Won seven batting titles, two HR titles and four RBI crowns. ... Won triple crowns in 1922 and 1925.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.358 301 1,584 135
THIRD BASE
Brooks Robinson
1955-1977
Brooks Robinson
Born: May, 18, 1937,
Little Rock, Ark.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 6-1.
Weight: 190.
Career Highlights: He's in the Hall of Fame primarily because of his glove, considered by many as the best fielding third baseman in history, having won the Gold Glove every year from 1960 to 1975. ... Holds records for fielding percentage at .971, putouts (2,697), assists (6,205) and double plays (618). .... Won the AL RBI crown in 1964 with 118, the same year he was voted at the AL MVP.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.267 301 1,357 28
SHORTSTOP
Honus Wagner
1897-1917
Honus Wagner
Born: Feb. 24, 1874,
Carnegie, Pa.
Died: Dec. 6, 1955.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 5-11.
Weight: 200.
Career Highlights: Had huge offensive numbers while playing in the dead-ball era. ... A doubles machine, finishing with 640 career doubles, leading the league seven times. ... Won eight batting titles. ... Stole 722 bases. ... When he retired, led the NL in hits, runs, singles, doubles and triples. ... Charter member of the Hall of Fame.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.337 101 1,732 722
CATCHER
Johnny Bench
1967-1983
Johnny Bench
Born: Dec. 7, 1947,
Oklahoma City.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 6-1.
Weight: 208.
Career Highlights: Two-time MVP, 1970, '72. ... Led the NL in homers twice and RBI three times. ... Had high of 45 HR, 145 RBI in 1970. ... Set Major League record for a catcher with 327 HR. ... 14-time All-Star. ... Won 10 straight Gold Gloves, and once said, "I can throw out any man alive."
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.267 389 1,376 68
DESIGNATED HITTER
Edgar Martinez
1987-current
Edgar Martinez
Born: Jan. 2, 1963,
New York.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 5-11.
Weight: 210.
Career Highlights: Two-time AL batting champion. ... Had career-high 37 home runs and league-leading 145 RBI in 2000 at 37 years old. ... Best average among regular DH at .330. ... Highest average in the Majors since 1995 (.332). ... Called Senor Dobles for his ability to hit for extra bases.
Career Stats:
AVG. HR RBI SB
.319 247 986 45
LEFT-HANDED PITCHER
Sandy Koufax
1955-1966
Sandy Koufax
Born: Dec. 30, 1935,
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Bats: Left.
Throws: Left.
Height: 6-2.
Weight: 210.
Career Highlights: Had one of the shortest careers (12 seasons) for a Hall of Famer, but pain in his arm made him retire early in 1966. ... Holds the record for most years leading the league in ERA (five). ... Won NL MVP and Cy Young awards in 1963. Won the Cy Young two more times, in 1965 and 1966. ... Struck out 18 batters in a game in 1959, matching the big-league mark then. ... Threw four no-hitters.
Career Stats:
W-L ERA ShO SO
165-87 2.76 40 2,396
RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER
Nolan Ryan
1966-1993
Nolan Ryan
Born: Jan. 31, 1947,
Refugio, Texas.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 6-2.
Weight: 195.
Career Highlights: The all-time strikeout king with 5,714, a record that may last longer than virtually every record in the books. ... Led the league 11 times in strikeouts, fanning more than 300 in a season six times. ... Broke Walter Johnson's all-time strikeout mark in 1983, then played another 11 seasons. ... Threw a record seven no-hitters.
Career Stats:
W-L ERA ShO SO
324-292 3.19 61 5,714
RELIEF PITCHER
Dennis Eckersley
1975-1998
Dennis Eckersley
Born: Oct. 3, 1954,
Oakland, Calif.
Bats: Right.
Throws: Right.
Height: 6-2.
Weight: 190.
Career Highlights: Converted to a closer in 1987, he transformed his career. ... Led the AL in saves twice, including then-record 51 in 1992. ... Had tremendous control as a reliever, never walking more than 17 batters from 1987 through the rest of his career. ... As a starter, won 20 games (20-8 in 1978 for Boston), threw a no-hitter and had just two losing seasons.
Career Stats:
W-L ERA SV SO
197-171 3.50 390 2,401

 

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