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The Greatest Shortstops of All Time

Updated July 1, 2020 57.1k votes 7.5k voters 96.7k 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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  • 1
    Honus Wagner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    2,146
    1,106

    Honus Wagner

    Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceChartiers Township, Pennsylvania

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  • 2
    Arky Vaughan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    1,004
    467

    Arky Vaughan

    Pittsburgh Pirates, Brooklyn Dodgers

    PositionShortstop

  • 3
    Lou Boudreau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    961
    377

    Lou Boudreau

    Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians

    PositionManager, Shortstop

    NationalityFrance, United States of America

    BirthplaceHarvey, Illinois

  • 4
    Pee Wee Reese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    1,553
    800

    Pee Wee Reese

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Brooklyn Dodgers

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceEkron, Kentucky, United States of America

  • 5
    Joe Cronin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    871
    446

    Joe Cronin

    Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates

    PositionManager, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCalifornia

  • 6
    Luke Appling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    1,110
    619

    Luke Appling

    Chicago White Sox

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHigh Point, North Carolina

  • 7
    Robin Yount is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    1,441
    889

    Robin Yount

    Milwaukee Brewers

    PositionOutfielder, Center fielder, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDanville, Illinois

  • 8
    Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    1,664
    1,067

    Ernie Banks

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionFirst baseman, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

  • 9
    Cal Ripken, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    2,101
    1,465

    Cal Ripken, Jr.

    Baltimore Orioles

    PositionShortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceHavre de Grace, Maryland, United States of America

  • 10
    Luis Aparicio is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    692
    393

    Luis Aparicio

    Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMaracaibo, Venezuela

  • 11
    Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    2,568
    1,872

    Derek Jeter

    New York Yankees

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePequannock, New Jersey

    BatsRight-handed

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  • 12
    Alan Trammell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    746
    529

    Alan Trammell

    Detroit Tigers

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGarden Grove, California, United States of America

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  • 13
    Ozzie Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    1,912
    1,520

    Ozzie Smith

    San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMobile, Alabama, United States of America

  • 14
    Omar Vizquel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    938
    691

    Omar Vizquel

    San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

    BatsAmbidexterity

  • 15
    Phil Rizzuto is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
  • 16
    Barry Larkin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    954
    844

    Barry Larkin

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

  • 17
    Francisco Lindor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    244
    115

    Francisco Lindor

    Cleveland Indians

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceCaguas, Puerto Rico

    BatsSwitch

  • 18
    Dave Concepción is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    584
    486

    Dave Concepción

    Cincinnati Reds

    PositionShortstop

    BirthplaceOcumare de la Costa

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  • 19
    Joe Sewell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    318
    231

    Joe Sewell

    Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop

    BirthplaceAlabama

  • 20
    Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    268
    205

    Johnny Pesky

    Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers

    PositionShortstop, Third baseman

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

  • 21
    Alex Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    900
    849

    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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  • 22
    Mark Belanger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    200
    154

    Mark Belanger

    Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePittsfield, Massachusetts

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  • 23
    Maury Wills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    287
    259

    Maury Wills

    Montreal Expos, Los Angeles Dodgers

    PositionInfielder, Shortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

  • 24
    Dick Groat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    148
    115

    Dick Groat

    Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants

    PositionShortstop

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWilkinsburg, Pennsylvania

  • 25
    Javier Báez is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shortstops of All Time
    102
    37

    Javier Báez

    Chicago Cubs

    PositionShortstop, Second baseman

    NationalityPuerto Rico

    BirthplaceBayamón, Puerto Rico

    BatsRight

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