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Part 3 - The Lists
The True Hall of Famers - The Five Levels of Greatness
The Hall of Fame Pitchers - The Four Categories of Excellence
The 25 Best Careers at Each Position
The Hall of Famers Who Do Not Have HOF Numbers
The Position Players with HOF Numbers – Not Yet in the Hall
The Pitchers with HOF Numbers – Not Yet in the Hall
The 140 Best Players of the Modern Era (1920 to Present)
The Complete CAWS Ranking for Position Players
The Complete CAWS Ranking for Pitchers


The 25 Best Careers at Each Position

Michael Hoban, Ph.D.

There are one hundred and fifteen (116) 20th century position players who have HOF numbers according to the CAWS CAREER GAUGE.  Here is the distribution by position.

 

First Base        -                                         16

Second Base   -                                        15

Third Base       -                                   10

Shortstop         -                                   17

Left Field        -                                   18

Center Field    -                                   13

Right Field      -                                   14

Catcher                        -                       11

DH                  -                                     2

116

 

These lists will show the names of those players who had HOF numbers at each position – as well as the other players among the 25 players with the best career numbers at the position.

 

 

All numbers include the 2014 season. 

Bold print = Hall of Famer

Italic = active player in 2014

CWS = Career Win Shares

CV  =  Core Value (sum of win shares for 10 best seasons)

CAWS = Career Value  =  CV  +  .25(CWS - CV)

 

 

The Right Fielders with HOF Numbers (CAWS = 280)

 

 

                                                                                    CWS               CV               CAWS

 

 1.    Babe Ruth                      (1914-1935)                756                  460                  534

 2.    Hank Aaron                   (1954-1976)                643                  356                  428     

 3.    Mel Ott                           (1926-1947)                528                  335                  383

 4.    Frank Robinson             (1956-1976)                519                  316                  367

 5.    Sam Crawford              (1899-1917)                446                  303                  339

 6.    Paul Waner                    (1926-1945)                423                  304                  334

 7.    Reggie Jackson              (1967-1987)                444                  296                  333

 8.    Al Kaline                        (1953-1974)                443                  268                  312

 9.    Dave Winfield                (1973-1995)                415                  259                  298     

10.   Roberto Clemente         (1955-1972)                377                  269                  296

11.  Tony Gwynn                  (1982-2001)                398                  269                  294

12.   Harry Heilmann            (1914-1932)                356                  267                  289

13.  Vladimir Guerrero            (1996-2011)                333                  269                  285

14.   Elmer Flick                    (1898-1910)                291                  280                  283

 

 
The Other Right Fielders in the top 25

 

                                                                        CWS               CV               CAWS

 

15.  Bobby Abreu                                           346                  257                  279

16.  Rusty Staub                                             354                  254                  279

17.  Bobby Bonds                                           302                  264                  274

18.  Sammy Sosa                                             325                  255                  273

19.  Ken Singleton                                          302                  260                  271

20.  Reggie Smith                                           325                  250                  269

21.  Willie Keeler                                           333                  246                  268

22.  Dave Parker                                             327                  248                  268

23.  Enos Slaughter                                       323                  246                  265

24.  Jack Clark                                                316                  247                  264

25.  Ichiro Suzuki                                            298                  251                  263

 

 

Right fielders who are in the Hall of Fame but who did not make it into the top 25.

 

Andre Dawson                                              340                  234                  261

Kiki Cuyler                                                    292                  244                  256

Sam Rice                                                        327                  228                  253

Harry Hooper                                                321                  221                  246

Chuck Klein                                                  238                  217                  222

Ross Youngs                                                  206                  206                  206

 

 

 

The Left Fielders with HOF Numbers (CAWS = 280)

 

 

                                                                                    CWS               CV               CAWS                  

 

 1.    Barry Bonds                    (1986-2007)                707                  427                  497

 2.    Stan Musial                    (1941-1963)                604                  378                  435

 3.    Ted Williams                  (1939-1960)                555                  394                  434

 4.     Pete Rose                       (1963-1986)                547                  307                  367

 5.     Rickey Henderson        (1979-2003)                535                  308                  365

 6.     Carl Yastrzemski         (1961-1983)                488                  286                  337

 7.    Gary Sheffield                (1988-2009)                430                  305                  336     

 8.     Fred Clarke                  (1894-1915)                400                  273                  305

 9.    Tim Raines                      (1979-2002)                390                  275                  304

10.    Billy Williams                (1959-1976)                374                  279                  303

11.    Al Simmons                   (1924-1944)                375                  276                  301

12.   Manny Ramirez               (1993-2011)                394                  263                  296

13.    Sherry Magee                 (1904-1919)                354                  272                  293

14.    Zack Wheat                  (1909-1927)                380                  264                  293

15.    Joe Jackson                    (1908-1920)                294                  290                  291

16.   Willie Stargell                (1962-1982)                370                  263                  290     

17.    Goose Goslin                 (1921-1938)                355                  263                  286

18.    Lou Brock                     (1961-1979)                348                  264                  285

 

 

The Other Left Fielders in the Top 25

 

                                                                        CWS               CV               CAWS

 

19.    Joe Medwick                                         312                  267                  278

20.    Jimmy Sheckard                                     339                  257                  278

21.    Frank Howard                                        297                  260                  270

22.    Minnie Minoso                                       283                  258                  264

23.    Tommy Leach                                        328                  246                  267

24.    Jose Cruz                                                313                  232                  252

25.    Luis Gonzalez                                        318                  226                  249

 

 

Left fielders who are in the Hall of Fame but who did not make it into the top 25.

 

Heinie Manush                                              285                  236                  248

Jim Rice                                                         282                  233                  245

Ralph Kiner                                                   242                  242                  242

Chick Hafey                                                   186                  176                  179

 

 

 

The Center Fielders with HOF Numbers (CAWS = 270) 

 

 

                                                                                    CWS               CV               CAWS

 

 1.  Ty Cobb                           (1905-1928)                722                  419                  495

 2.  Willie Mays                      (1951-1973)                642                  389                  452

 3.  Mickey Mantle                 (1951-1968)                565                  399                  441

 4.  Tris Speaker                    (1907-1928)                630                  388                  449

 5.  Joe DiMaggio                   (1936-1951)                387                  325                  341

 6.  Ken Griffey Jr                   (1989-2010)                403                  278                  309

 7.  Duke Snider                     (1947-1964)                352                  289                  305

 8.  Jimmy Wynn                     (1963-1977)                305                  269                  278

 9.  Richie Ashburn               (1948-1962)                329                  257                  275

10.  Max Carey                      (1910-1929)                351                  245                  272

11.  Earl Averill                     (1929-1941)                280                  268                  271

 

17.  Larry Doby*                   (1947-1959)                268                  257                  260

19.  Kirby Puckett*               (1984-1995)                281                  247                  256

 

* =  Short but great career.

 

 

The Other Center Fielders in the top 25

 

                                                                        CWS               CV               CAWS

 

12.  Vada Pinson                                             321                  252                  269

13.  Edd Roush                                              314                  250                  266

14.  Bernie Williams                                        311                  248                  264

15.  Carlos Beltran                                          330                  240                  263

16.  Jim Edmonds                                           301                  250                  263

18.  Andruw Jones                                          290                  245                  256

20.  Willie Davis                                             322                  230                  255

21.  Cesar Cedeno                                                296                    236                   251

22.  Amos Otis                                                    286                   237                   249

23.  Dale Murphy                                                 294                    228                    245

24.  Al Oliver                                                  305                  222                  243

25.  Wally Berger                                                 241                    240                    240     

       Johnny Damon                                         304                  218                  240

 

Center fielders who are in the Hall of Fame but who did not make it into the top 25.

 

Hack Wilson                                                  224                  220                  221     

Earle Combs                                                  227                  217                  220

Lloyd Waner                                                 245                  207                  217

 

 

The First Basemen with HOF Numbers (CAWS = 280)

 

 

                                                                                    CWS               CV               CAWS

 

 1.        Lou Gehrig                (1923-1939)                489                  384                  410

 2.        Albert Pujols               (2001-       )                 429                  347                  368

 3.        Jimmie Foxx              (1925-1945)                435                  325                  353

 4.        Willie McCovey         (1959-1980)                408                  285                  316

 5.        Dick Allen                   (1963-1977)                342                  304                  314

 6.        Eddie Murray            (1977-1997)                437                  273                  314

 7.        Jeff Bagwell                (1991-2005)                388                  287                  312

 8.        Johnny Mize              (1936-1953)                339                  296                  307

 9.        Harmon Killebrew    (1954-1975)                374                  279                  303

10.       Miguel Cabrera           (2003-        )                324                  295                  302

11.       Jim Thome                   (1991-2012)                392                  270                  301

12.       Mark McGwire           (1986-2001)                342                  283                  298

13.       Rafael Palmeiro           (1986-2005)                387                  257                  290

14.       Lance Berkman           (1999-2013)                311                  276                  285

 

22.       Hank Greenberg*     (1930-1947)                267                  262                  263

24.       Bill Terry*                 (1923-1936)                278                  255                  261

 

* =  Short but great career.

Note  -  If Frank Thomas were considered to be a first baseman, he would be #4 on this list with a CAWS score of 327.  However, since he played more games as a designated hitter, that is where he is listed.

 
 

The Other First Basemen in the top 25

                                                                        CWS               CV               CAWS

 

15.       Jason Giambi                                       318                  266                  279

16.       Tony Perez                                         349                  249                  274

17.       Todd Helton                                       317                  258                  273

18.       Will Clark                                            321                  252                  269

19.       Orlando Cepeda                                310                  251                  266     

20.       Carlos Delgado                                   303                  254                  266

21.       Keith Hernandez                                 311                  248                  264

23.       Fred McGriff                                          326                   240                    262

25.       Norm Cash                                          315                  241                  260

 

 

First basemen who are in the Hall of Fame but who did not make it into the top 25.

 

George Sisler                                                 292                  239                  252     

Jim Bottomley                                                258                  214                  225

Frank Chance                                               237                  206                  214

George Kelly                                                  193                  177                  181

 

 

The Second Basemen with Hall of Fame Numbers (CAWS = 260)

 

 

                                                                                  CWS                 CV               CAWS

 

 1.        Eddie Collins             (1906-1930)                574                  376                  426

 2.        Rogers Hornsby        (1915-1937)                502                  381                  411

 3.        Joe Morgan                (1963-1984)                512                  341                  384

 4.        Nap Lajoie                 (1896-1916)                496                  334                  375

 5.        Craig Biggio               (1988-2007)                428                  294                  328

 6.        Charlie Gehringer     (1924-1942)                383                  280                  306

 7.        Roberto Alomar        (1988-2004)                375                  278                  302

 8.        Ryne Sandberg          (1981-1997)                346                  278                  295

 9.        Rod Carew                (1967-1985)                384                  257                  289

10.       Frankie Frisch           (1919-1937)                366                  256                  284

11.       Jeff Kent                     (1992-2008)                339                  252                  274

12.       Bobby Grich               (1970-1986)                329                  253                  272

13.       Robinson Cano           (2005-        )                263                  263                  263

14.       Lou Whitaker              (1977-1995)                351                  232                  262

 

17.       Jackie Robinson*      (1947-1956)                257                  257                  257     

 

* =  Short but great career.

 

 

The Other Second Basemen in the top 25

 

15.       Nellie Fox                                           304                  242                  258

16.       Billy Herman                                     298                  243                  257

17.       Larry Doyle                                         289                  240                  252

18.       Chase Utley                                         257                  246                  249

19.       Willie Randolph                                  312                  220                  243

20.       Bobby Doerr                                      281                  223                  238

21.       Johnny Evers                                     268                  226                  237

22.       Joe Gordon                                        242                  233                  235     

23.       Tony Lazzeri                                     252                  215                  224

24.       Chuck Knoblauch                               229                  219                  222

25.       Red Schoendienst                              262                  204                  219

 

 

Second baseman who are in the Hall of Fame but who did not make it into the top 25.


Bill Mazeroski                                    219                  173                  185

 

 

The Third Basemen with Hall of Fame Numbers (CAWS = 270) 

 

                                                                                    CWS               CV                CAWS

 

 1.        Mike Schmidt            (1972-1989)                467                  338                  370

 2.        Eddie Mathews          (1952-1968)                450                  333                  362

 3.        George Brett              (1973-1993)                432                  296                  330

 4.        Wade Boggs               (1982-1999)                394                  291                  317

 5.        Chipper Jones              (1993-2012)                423                  281                  317

 6.        Ron Santo                  (1960-1974)                324                  275                  287

 7.        Frank Baker              (1908-1922)                301                  280                  285

 8.        Darrell Evans              (1969-1989)                363                  253                  281

 9.        Brooks Robinson       (1955-1977)                356                  247                  274

10.       Stan Hack                   (1932-1947)                316                  256                  271

 

 

The Other Third Basemen in the Top 25

 

                                                                        CWS               CV               CAWS

 

11.       Sal Bando                                           283                  251                  259

12.       Andre Beltre                                        319                  237                  258

13.       Scott Rolen                                         307                  236                  254

14.       Jimmy Collins                                    274                  242                  250     

15.       Heinie Groh                                        272                  243                  250

16.       Bob Elliott                                          287                  236                  249

17.       Graig Nettles                                       321                  224                  248

18.       Ken Boyer                                           279                  235                  246

19.       Pie Traynor                                       274                  228                  240

20.       Ron Cey                                              280                  222                  237

21.       Buddy Bell                                         301                  210                  233

22.       Robin Ventura                                    272                  217                  231

23.       Ed Yost                                               267                  215                  228

24.       Larry  Gardner                                    258                  211                  223

25.       Ken Caminiti                                       242                  212                  220

 

Third basemen who are in the Hall of Fame but who did not make it into the top 25. 

 

George Kell                                        229                  192                  201     

Fred Lindstrom                                 193                  182                  190

 

 

 

The Shortstops with Hall of Fame Numbers (CAWS = 250)

 

 

                                                                                    CWS               CV               CAWS

 

 1.        Honus Wagner          (1897-1917)                655                  422                  480

 2.        Alex Rodriguez            (1994-        )                480                  330                  368

 3.        Arky Vaughan          (1932-1948)                356                  308                  320

 4.        Cal Ripken Jr            (1981-2001)                427                  276                  314

 5.        Robin Yount              (1974-1993)                423                  278                  314

 6.        Derek Jeter                  (1995-2014)                415                  275                  310

 7.        Luke Appling              (1930-1950)                378                  275                  301

 8.        George Davis             (1890-1909)                398                  255                  291

 9.        Joe Cronin                 (1926-1945)                333                  275                  290

10.       Bill Dahlen                  (1891-1911)                394                  250                  286

11.       Barry Larkin             (1986-2004)                347                  258                  280

12.       Ernie Banks               (1953-1971)                332                  247                  268

13.       PeeWee Reese            (1940-1958)                314                  246                  263

14.       Lou Boudreau           (1938-1952)                277                  255                  261 

15.       Alan Trammell            (1977-1996)                318                  238                  258

16.       Bobby Wallace          (1894-1918)                345                  227                  257

17.       Ozzie Smith                (1978-1996)                325                  226                  251     

 

At the end of the 2014 season, Alex Rodriguez had played more games at shortstop than at any other position. 

 

The Other Shortstops in the Top 25

 

                                                                        CWS               CV               CAWS

 

18.       Vern Stephens                                     265                  239                  246

19.       Joe Sewell                                           277                  233                  244     

20.       Miguel Tejada                                     279                  231                  243

21.       Jimmy Rollins                                      285                  222                  238

22.       Jim Fregosi                                          261                  226                  235

23.       Dave Bancroft                                   269                  222                  234

24.       Tony Fernandez                                  280                  219                  234

25.       Rabbit Maranville                             302                  206                  230

 

 

Shortstops who are in the Hall of Fame but who did not make it into the top 25.

 

Joe Tinker                                          258                  211                  223

Phil Rizzuto                                       231                  218                  221     

Luis Aparicio                                     293                  193                  218

Travis Jackson                                  211                  191                  196

 

The Catchers with Hall of Fame Numbers (CAWS = 250)

 

 

                                                                                    CWS               CV               CAWS

 

1.         Yogi Berra                 (1946-1965)                375                  276                  301

2.         Johnny Bench            (1967-1983)               356                  277                  297

3.         Mike Piazza                 (1992-2008)                325                  273                  286

4.         Gary Carter               (1974-1992)                337                  263                  282

5.         Carlton Fisk               (1969-1993)                368                  240                  272

6.         Ivan Rodriguez           (1991-2011)                345                  234                  262

7.         Joe Torre                   (1960-1977)                315                  244                  262

8.         Ted Simmons              (1968-1988)                315                  240                  259

9.         Mickey Cochrane      (1925-1937)                275                  250                  256

10.       Bill Dickey                  (1928-1946)                314                  235                  255

11.       Gabby Hartnett         (1922-1941)                325                  229                  253

 

Note:  Joe Torre is in the Hall of Fame as a manager – not as a player – although he deserves to be there as a player.

 

 

The Other Catchers in the Top 25

 

                                                                        CWS               CV               CAWS

 

12.       Bill Freehan                                            267                   224                   235

13.       Joe Mauer                                           237                  231                  232

14.       Jorge Posada                                       254                  216                  226

15.       Jason Kendall                                      245                  201                  212

16.       Gene Tenace                                       231                  206                  212

17.       Lance Parrish                                      248                  194                  208

18.       Roy Campanella                                207                  207                  207     

19.       Thurman Munson                                206                  204                  205     

20.       Roger Bresnahan                              231                  191                  201     

21.       Darrell Porter                                      222                  181                  191

22.       Wally Schang                                      245                  172                  190

23.       Elston Howard                                    203                  174                  181

24.       Ernie Lombardi                                218                  167                  180     

25.       Javy Lopez                                          195                  172                  178

 

Catchers who are in the Hall of Fame who did not make it into the top 25.


            Ray Schalk                                         191                  167                  173

            Rick Ferrell                                        206                  150                  164

 

 

Designated Hitters with Hall of Fame Numbers  (CAWS = 280)

 

Frank Thomas           (1990-2008)                            405                  301                  327

Paul Molitor               (1978-1998)                            414                  270                  306




Michael Hoban, Ph.D is Professor Emeritus of mathematics at the City University of N.Y.  He has been an avid baseball fan for over 60 years and has become a serious baseball analyst, since joining SABR (Society for American Baseball Research) in 1998.  He is the author of five baseball books including:  DEFINING GREATNESS: A Hall of Fame Handbook (Booklocker, 2012)   BASEBALL'S COMPLETE PLAYERS (McFarland: 2000) and FIELDER'S CHOICE (Booklocker: 2003). 

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