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The Greatest Shortstops of All Time 

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This list of the greatest shortstops of all time includes some of the most iconic, best baseball players in Major League Baseball history. These MLB shortstops gave everything they had on the field and with their bats, to help their respective teams win games. Who do you believe is the greatest shortstop to ever play the game? Vote for the players you like the most, vote down any you don't think deserve the honor. Also, feel free to rerank this list - your order can affect the overall player order.Any list of the greatest shortstops to ever play the game should include the late, great Honus Wagner. The Flying Dutchman is one of the best to ever take the field, and his speed and hitting abilities are legendary. With a record eight batting titles, Wagner is not only one of the best shortstops, he's also one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. In terms of modern-era shortstops, names like Derek Jeter and Cal Ripken, Jr. come to mind almost instantly. Who gets a top 10 spot? That's for you to decide with your votes. And while you're at it, you might want to cast your vote for the greatest throwing arms of all time!
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Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: Chartiers Township, Pennsylvania

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Pee Wee Reese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Ekron, Kentucky, United States of America

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Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
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Robin Yount is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Milwaukee Brewers

Position: Outfielder, Center fielder, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Danville, Illinois

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Lou Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

Position: Manager, Shortstop

Nationality: France, United States of America

Birthplace: Harvey, Illinois

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Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Baltimore Orioles

Position: Shortstop, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: Havre de Grace, Maryland, United States of America

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Luke Appling is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Chicago White Sox

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: High Point, North Carolina

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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
New York Yankees

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Pequannock, New Jersey

Bats: Right-handed

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Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Chicago Cubs

Position: First baseman, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

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Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, Washington Senators

Position: Manager, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: California

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Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

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Luis Aparicio is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Maracaibo, Venezuela

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Omar Vizquel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians

Position: Left fielder, Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela

Bats: Ambidexterity

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Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Cincinnati Reds

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

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Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Detroit Tigers

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, United States of America

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Phil Rizzuto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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Dave Concepción ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
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Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
keef66 added Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees

Position: Shortstop, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Bats: Right-handed

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Nomar Garciaparra is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox

Position: Infielder, Shortstop, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Whittier, California, United States of America

Bats: Right-handed

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Joe Sewell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

Position: Infielder, Shortstop

Birthplace: Alabama

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Jimmy Rollins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Philadelphia Phillies

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Bats: Ambidexterity

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Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates

Position: Infielder, Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators

Position: Shortstop, Third baseman

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon

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Bert Campaneris is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
Kansas City Athletics, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Matanzas Province, Cuba

25
Troy Tulowitzki is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
avschase added New York Yankees

Position: Shortstop

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Santa Clara, California

Bats: Right-handed

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