Osborne Earl "Ozzie" Smith (born December 26, 1954) is a retired American professional baseball player who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. Nicknamed "The Wizard," Smith played shortstop for the San Diego Padres and St. Louis Cardinals in Major League Baseball, winning the National League Gold Glove Award for play at shortstop for 13 consecutive seasons.
Calvin Edwin "Cal" Ripken, Jr. , (born August 24, 1960) is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman who played his entire career (1981–2001) for the Baltimore Orioles. During his baseball career, he earned the nickname The Iron Man for doggedly remaining in the lineup despite numerous minor injuries and for his reliability to "show up" to work every day.
Harold Henry "Pee Wee" Reese (July 23, 1918 - August 14, 1999) was an American professional baseball player who played for the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1940 to 1958. Reese was a ten-time All Star shortstop who contributed to seven league championships for Brooklyn. One of the most popular players with both his teammates and the fans, the "Little Colonel" was the Dodgers' team captain, and he, not the manager, brought out the line-up card at the start of their games.
Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez (born July 27, 1975) is an American professional baseball player of Dominican parentage. Nicknamed "A-Rod", he currently plays third base for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. He previously played shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers. Rodriguez is considered one of the best all–around baseball players of all time. He is the youngest player ever to hit 500 home runs, breaking the record Jimmie Foxx set in 1939.
Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California) is a former Major League Baseball player. He previously played third base, first base, and Designated Hitter for the Oakland Athletics, first base and third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and shortstop and third base for the Chicago Cubs, after a decade as an All-Star shortstop for the Boston Red Sox.
Derek Sanderson Jeter (born June 26, 1974) is an American professional baseball player. He is a Major League Baseball (MLB) shortstop who has played his entire career for the New York Yankees. He has served as the Yankees' team captain since 2003. Jeter's presence in the Yankees' lineup, highlighted by his hitting prowess, played an instrumental role in the team's late 1990s dynasty.
Mario Mendoza Aizpuru (born December 26, 1950) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. Mendoza's most lasting contribution to the game was having his name associated with the "Mendoza Line," meaning a batting average below .200.
Johannes Peter "Honus" Wagner (February 24, 1874 – December 6, 1955), nicknamed The Flying Dutchman due to his superb speed and German heritage, was an American Major League Baseball shortstop who played in the National League from 1897 to 1917, almost entirely for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Wagner won eight batting titles, tied for the most in NL history with Tony Gwynn. He also led the league in slugging six times, and in stolen bases five times.
Octavio Antonio Fernández Castro (born June 30, 1962), better known as Tony Fernández, is a former Major League Baseball player most noted for his defensive skills setting a record for shortstops with a .992 fielding percentage in 1989.
Hugh Ambrose Jennings (April 2, 1869 – February 1, 1928) was a Major League Baseball player and manager from 1891 to 1925. Jennings was a leader, both as a batter and as a shortstop, with the Baltimore Orioles teams that won National League championships in 1894, 1895, and 1896. During the three championship seasons, Jennings had 355 RBIs and hit .335, .386, and .401. Jennings was a fiery, hard-nosed player who was not afraid to be hit by a pitch to get on base.
Luis Ernesto Aparicio Montiel (born April 29, 1934) is a former shortstop in professional baseball. His career spanned three decades, from 1956 through 1973. Aparicio played for the Chicago White Sox (1956–62, 1968–70), Baltimore Orioles (1963–67) and Boston Red Sox (1971–73). He batted and threw right-handed. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
Lucius Benjamin Appling (April 2, 1907 – January 3, 1991) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Chicago White Sox (1930-1950). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1964. Appling was born in High Point, North Carolina. He attended Oglethorpe College, but left during his sophomore year when he was signed by the Southern League Atlanta Crackers in 1930. He was a good hitter in his first year, but committed 42 errors in 104 games.
David James "Beauty" Bancroft (April 20, 1891 – October 9, 1972) was an American baseball player who played Major League Baseball from 1915 to 1930. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Bancroft was born in Sioux City, Iowa. He broke into the major leagues in 1915 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Bancroft played shortstop for the Phillies until 1920 when he was traded to the New York Giants. He played for the Giants until 1924, when he was traded to the Boston Braves.
Ernest "Ernie" Banks (born January 31, 1931 in Dallas, Texas) is an African American former Major League baseball player who played his entire career with the Chicago Cubs (1953–1971). He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977. Banks's nickname is Mr. Cub.
Ángel Maria Berroa Selmo is a Dominican-American professional baseball player. A shortstop and third baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Berroa was selected as the 2003 American League Rookie of the Year.
Alfredo Claudino Griffin (born October 6, 1957) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) player, who played shortstop for four teams from 1976 to 1993. He is currently the first base coach for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Kazuo "Kaz" Matsui is a Japanese Major League Baseball second baseman for the Houston Astros. Matsui is a switch-hitter. Matsui is not related to Hideki Matsui, the designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Matsui signed with the New York Mets on December 17, 2003, becoming the first Japanese infielder to sign with an MLB team.
Mark Henry Belanger (June 8, 1944 – October 6, 1998) was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball who played almost his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. A defensive standout, he won eight Gold Glove Awards between 1969 and 1978, leading the American League in assists and fielding percentage three times each, and retired with the highest career fielding average by an AL shortstop (.977).
Louis "Lou" Boudreau (July 17, 1917, in Harvey, Illinois – August 10, 2001) was an American Major League Baseball player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. He was also a radio announcer for the Chicago Cubs of the National League. In 1948, he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award and managed the Cleveland Indians to the World Series title. Boudreau was an eight-time All Star Game selection, starting three times.
Bucky Dent (born November 25, 1951), born Russell Earl O'Dey, is a former American Major League Baseball player and manager. He earned two World Series rings as the starting shortstop for the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978, and was voted the World Series MVP in 1978. Dent is most famous for his home run in a tie-breaker game against the Boston Red Sox at the end of the 1978 season. The Red Sox had led the American League East Division by as much 14½ games (July 19) that season.
Americo Peter "Rico" Petrocelli (born June 27, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and third baseman who played his entire career in the American League for the Boston Red Sox (1963-1976). After a brief stint in 1963, he joined the team full time in 1965. In 1967 Petrocelli was selected to the All-Star game during the Carl Yastrzemski-led Red Sox' "Impossible Dream" year. In Game 6 of the World Series, he belted two home runs against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Philip Francis Rizzuto (September 25, 1917 – August 13, 2007), nicknamed "The Scooter", was an American shortstop in Major League Baseball. He spent his entire career from 1941 to 1956 with the New York Yankees, and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. A popular figure on a team dynasty which captured 10 AL titles and seven World Championships in his 13 seasons, Rizzuto holds numerous World Series records for shortstops.
Maurice Morning "Sonny" Wills (born October 2, 1932 in Washington, D.C. ) is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and switch-hitting batter who played most prominently with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1959–66, 1969–72), and also with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1967–68) and Montreal Expos (1969). He was an essential component of the Dodgers' championship teams in the mid-1960s, and deserves much credit for reviving the stolen base as part of baseball strategy.
Gilbert James McDougald (born May 19, 1928) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. He played ten seasons with the New York Yankees, going to the World Series in eight of those seasons. He was born in San Francisco, California and attended University of San Francisco. He played his first major league game on April 20, 1951. On May 3 of that year, he tied a major league record by batting in 6 runs in one inning.