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The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

Updated July 1, 2020 55.7k votes 7.6k voters 97.5k views132 items

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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 Wagner1
    2,059
    1,077

    Honus Wagner

    Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceChartiers Township, Pennsylvania

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    #12 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#5 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Lou Boudreau2
    909
    395

    Lou Boudreau

    Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

    PositionManager, Shortstop

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

  • Arky Vaughan3
    950
    480

    Arky Vaughan

    Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers

    PositionShortstop

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    #192 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time#33 of 316 The Greatest Left Handed Baseball Players of All Time

  • Pee Wee Reese4
    1,479
    796

    Pee Wee Reese

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEkron, Kentucky, United States of America

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    #28 of 80 The Best Baseball Announcers of All Time#8 of 175 The Best Los Angeles Dodgers of All Time

  • Joe Cronin5
    823
    451

    Joe Cronin

    Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates

    PositionManager, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia

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    #33 of 146 The Best Boston Red Sox Of All Time#27 of 44 The Best MLB Managers of All Time

  • Ernie Banks6
    1,628
    1,022

    Ernie Banks

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionFirst baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

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    #19 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time#1 of 150 The Best Chicago Cubs Of All Time

  • Luke Appling7
    1,057
    614

    Luke Appling

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina

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    #6 of 150 The Best Chicago White Sox of All Time#17 of 30 The Best Oakland Athletics Managers of All Time

  • Robin Yount8
    1,384
    859

    Robin Yount

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionOutfielder, Center fielder, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDanville, Illinois

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    #51 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#115 of 126 Fastest MLB Players of All Time

  • Cal Ripken, Jr.9
    2,034
    1,421

    Cal Ripken, Jr.

    Baltimore Orioles

    PositionShortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceHavre de Grace, Maryland, United States of America

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    #219 of 568 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures#3 of 109 The Greatest Baltimore Orioles of All Time

  • Derek Jeter10
    2,509
    1,796

    Derek Jeter

    New York Yankees

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePequannock, New Jersey

    BatsRight-handed

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  • Luis Aparicio11
    671
    397

    Luis Aparicio

    Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMaracaibo, Venezuela

  • Alan Trammell12
    739
    521

    Alan Trammell

    Detroit Tigers

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGarden Grove, California, United States of America

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    #15 of 158 The Best Detroit Tigers of All Time#7 of 9 The Best Arizona Diamondbacks Managers of All Time

  • Ozzie Smith13
    1,869
    1,453

    Ozzie Smith

    San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

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    #67 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes#149 of 163 The Smartest Professional Athletes

  • Omar Vizquel14
    913
    670

    Omar Vizquel

    San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners

    PositionLeft fielder, Infielder, First baseman, Second baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

    BatsAmbidexterity

  • Barry Larkin15
    946
    817

    Barry Larkin

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

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    #1425 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#6 of 143 The Best Cincinnati Reds of All Time

  • Phil Rizzuto16

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    #109 of 175 The Best MLB Players To Have Their Numbers Retired#18 of 31 The Best Athletes Who Wore #10

  • Francisco Lindor17
    242
    115

    Francisco Lindor

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

    BatsSwitch

  • Dave Concepción18
    574
    472

    Dave Concepción

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionShortstop

    BirthplaceOcumare de la Costa

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    #33 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#29 of 152 The Greatest Hispanic MLB Players Ever

  • Joe Sewell19
    302
    227

    Joe Sewell

    Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop

    BirthplaceAlabama

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    #6 of 39 Longest Hitting Streaks in Baseball#48 of 177 The Best Cleveland Indians Of All Time

  • Alex Rodriguez20
    879
    824

    Alex Rodriguez

    Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners

    PositionShortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

    BatsRight-handed

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  • Johnny Pesky21
    254
    200

    Johnny Pesky

    Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers

    PositionShortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

  • Mark Belanger22
    199
    149

    Mark Belanger

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePittsfield, Massachusetts

  • Dick Groat23
    146
    113

    Dick Groat

    Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWilkinsburg, Pennsylvania

  • Maury Wills24
    278
    252

    Maury Wills

    Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

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    #142 of 168 The Best Washington Nationals Of All Time#13 of 20 The Best Seattle Mariners Managers of All Time

  • Larry Bowa25
    214
    185

    Larry Bowa

    Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs

    PositionManager, Shortstop

    BirthplaceSacramento, California