Babe Ruth Great pitcher, then the greatest home run hitter and entertaining.
Barry Bonds Second greatest home run hitter and entertaining but obnoxious.
Bartlett Giamatti Commissioner who banned Pete Rose for gambling; good.
Bill James Biggest influence on stats.
Branch Rickey Farm system and modern racial integration.
Buck O'Neil dropped; shook hands with him at the 1995 Babe Ruth symposium at Hoftra University.
Bud Selig - worst commissioner; ruined baseball.
Cal Ripken Jr "saved" baseball after the disastrous aborted 1994 season by breaking Gehrig's record for consecutive games played.
Casey Stengel dropped
Colonel Jacob Ruppert made the New York Yankees the most dominant team on the planet.
Curt Flood started the ball rolling towards free agency.
Dave Smith Founded retrosheet.org
Dr. Frank Jobe Saved the career of pitcher Tommy John and countless others.
Dr. Harold Seymour early researcher
Honus Wagner dropped
Jackie Robinson Broke the modern color line and with style. An American hero.
Jim Bouton Wrote "Ball Four", which revealed many unknowns and changed baseball writing.
John Dewan stats guy
John Thorn historian
Jose Canseco Broke open the steroids story by revealing his own use.
Kenesaw Mountain Landis First commissioner who took decisive action on the gambling problems that threatened the integrity of the game.
Lou Gehrig Tragic figure who gave the baseball Gettysburg address.
Marvin Miller Made the players union powerful and changed the relationship with the owners.
Mel Allen dropped
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. Supreme Court justice who ruled on baseball's anti-trust exemption.
Ozzie Smith Revolutionized play at shortstop and did pre-game back flips.
Sadaharu Oh Holds the pro record for most career home runs.
Sean Lahman I bequeathed the name of my 1990s Windows Baseball Database to Sean for use on his site, from which we can get current data for research on all players from the beginning of time.
Walter O'Malley Expanded major league baseball into a geographically national sport.
|José Canseco with the Worcester Tornadoes May 14, 2011 by Bryan Horowitz via Wikimedia Commons|