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The Sporting News 100 Greatest Players

* indicates active player:

Rank

Player

Position

1

Babe Ruth

RF

2

Willie Mays

CF

3

Ty Cobb

CF

4

Walter Johnson

P

5

Hank Aaron

RF

6

Lou Gehrig

1B

7

Christy Mathewson

P

8

Ted Williams

LF

9

Rogers Hornsby

2B

10

Stan Musial

LF

11

Joe DiMaggio

CF

12

Grover Alexander

P

13

Honus Wagner

SS

14

Cy Young

P

15

Jimmie Foxx

1B

16

Johnny Bench

C

17

Mickey Mantle

CF

18

Josh Gibson

C

19

Satchel Paige

P

20

Roberto Clemente

RF

21

Warren Spahn

P

22

Frank Robinson

RF

23

Lefty Grove

P

24

Eddie Collins

2B

25

Pete Rose

LF

26

Sandy Koufax

P

27

Tris Speaker

CF

28

Mike Schmidt

3B

29

Nap Lajoie

2B

30

Steve Carlton

P

31

Bob Gibson

P

32

Tom Seaver

P

33

George Sisler

1B

34

Barry Bonds*

LF

35

Joe Jackson

LF

36

Bob Feller

P

37

Hank Greenberg

1B

38

Ernie Banks

SS

39

Greg Maddux*

P

40

Yogi Berra

C

41

Nolan Ryan

P

42

Mel Ott

RF

43

Al Simmons

CF

44

Jackie Robinson

2B

45

Carl Hubbell

P

46

Charley Gehringer

2B

47

Buck Leonard

1B

48

Reggie Jackson

RF

49

Tony Gwynn*

RF

50

Roy Campanella

C

51

Rickey Henderson*

LF

52

Whitey Ford

P

53

Roger Clemens*

P

54

Harry Heilmann

RF

55

George Brett

3B

56

Willie McCovey

1B

57

Bill Dickey

C

58

Lou Brock

LF

59

Bill Terry

1B

60

Joe Morgan

2B

61

Rod Carew

2B

62

Paul Waner

RF

63

Eddie Mathews

3B

64

Jim Palmer

P

65

Mickey Cochrane

C

66

Cool Papa Bell

CF

67

Oscar Charleston

CF

68

Eddie Plank

P

69

Harmon Killebrew

1B

70

Pie Traynor

3B

71

Juan Marichal

P

72

Carl Yastrzemski

LF

73

Lefty Gomez

P

74

Robin Roberts

P

75

Willie Keeler

RF

76

Al Kaline

RF

77

Eddie Murray

1B

78

Cal Ripken Jr.*

SS

79

Joe Medwick

LF

80

Brooks Robinson

3B

81

Willie Stargell

LF

82

Ed Walsh

P

83

Duke Snider

CF

84

Sam Crawford

RF

85

Dizzy Dean

P

86

Kirby Puckett

CF

87

Ozzie Smith

SS

88

Frankie Frisch

2B

89

Goose Goslin

LF

90

Ralph Kiner

LF

91

Mark McGwire*

1B

92

Chuck Klein

RF

93

Ken Griffey Jr.*

CF

94

Dave Winfield

RF

95

Wade Boggs

3B

96

Rollie Fingers

P

97

Gaylord Perry

P

98

Dennis Eckersley

P

99

Paul Molitor

3B

100

Early Wynn

P

By Position

Rank

Pitchers (28)

4

Walter Johnson

7

Christy Mathewson

12

Grover Alexander

14

Cy Young

19

Satchel Paige

21

Warren Spahn

23

Lefty Grove

26

Sandy Koufax

30

Steve Carlton

31

Bob Gibson

32

Tom Seaver

36

Bob Feller

39

Greg Maddux

41

Nolan Ryan

45

Carl Hubbell

52

Whitey Ford

53

Roger Clemens

64

Jim Palmer

68

Eddie Plank

71

Juan Marichal

73

Lefty Gomez

74

Robin Roberts

82

Ed Walsh

85

Dizzy Dean

96

Rollie Fingers

97

Gaylord Perry

98

Dennis Eckersley

100

Early Wynn

 

 

Rank

Catchers (6)

16

Johnny Bench

18

Josh Gibson

40

Yogi Berra

50

Roy Campanella

57

Bill Dickey

65

Mickey Cochrane

 

 

Rank

First Basemen (10)

6

Lou Gehrig

15

Jimmie Foxx

33

George Sisler

37

Hank Greenberg

47

Buck Leonard

56

Willie McCovey

59

Bill Terry

69

Harmon Killebrew

77

Eddie Murray

91

Mark McGwire

 

 

Rank

Second Basemen (8)

9

Rogers Hornsby

24

Eddie Collins

29

Nap Lajoie

44

Jackie Robinson

46

Charley Gehringer

60

Joe Morgan

61

Rod Carew

88

Frankie Frisch

 

 

Rank

Third Basemen (7)

28

Mike Schmidt

55

George Brett

63

Eddie Mathews

70

Pie Traynor

80

Brooks Robinson

95

Wade Boggs

99

Paul Molitor

 

 

Rank

Shortstops (4)

13

Honus Wagner

38

Ernie Banks

78

Cal Ripken Jr.

87

Ozzie Smith

 

 

Rank

Left Fielders (12)

8

Ted Williams

10

Stan Musial

25

Pete Rose

34

Barry Bonds

35

Joe Jackson

51

Rickey Henderson

58

Lou Brock

72

Carl Yastrzemski

79

Joe Medwick

81

Willie Stargell

89

Goose Goslin

90

Ralph Kiner

 

 

Rank

Center Fielders (11)

2

Willie Mays

3

Ty Cobb

11

Joe Di Maggio

17

Mickey Mantle

27

Tris Speaker

43

Al Simmons

66

Cool Papa Bell

67

Oscar Charleston

83

Duke Snider

86

Kirby Puckett

93

Ken Griffey Jr.

 

 

Rank

Right Fielders (14)

1

Babe Ruth

5

Hank Aaron

20

Roberto Clemente

22

Frank Robinson

42

Mel Ott

48

Reggie Jackson

49

Tony Gwynn

54

Harry Heilmann

62

Paul Waner

75

Willie Keeler

76

Al Kaline

84

Sam Crawford

92

Chuck Klein

94

Dave Winfield