Major League Baseball All-Century Team

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In 1999, the Major League Baseball All-Century Team was chosen by popular vote of fans. To select the team, a panel of experts first compiled a list of the 100 greatest Major League Baseball players from the past century. Over two million fans then voted on the players using paper and online ballots.[1]

The top two vote-getters from each position, except outfielders (nine), and the top six pitchers were placed on the team. A select panel then added five legends to create a thirty-man team:[1]—Warren Spahn (who finished #10 among pitchers), Christy Mathewson (#14 among pitchers), Lefty Grove (#18 among pitchers), Honus Wagner (#4 among shortstops), and Stan Musial (#11 among outfielders).[1]

The nominees for the All-Century team were presented at the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. Preceding Game 2 of the 1999 World Series, the members of the All-Century Team were revealed. Every living player named to the team attended.

For the complete list of the 100 players nominated, see The MLB All-Century Team.

Selected players[edit]

Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax
Player Name of the player
Position Player's primary position
Votes Number of votes received
* Denotes player added later by panel
** Denotes player who was active at the time
ö Player is deceased
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Player Position Votes
Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan Pitcher 992,040
Koufax, SandySandy Koufax Pitcher 970,434
Young, CyCy Young Pitcher 867,523
Clemens, RogerRoger Clemens** Pitcher 601,244
Gibson, BobBob Gibson Pitcher 582,031
Johnson, WalterWalter Johnson Pitcher 479,279
Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn* Pitcher 337,215
Mathewson, ChristyChristy Mathewson* Pitcher 249,747
Grove, LeftyLefty Grove* Pitcher 142,169
Bench, JohnnyJohnny Bench Catcher 1,010,403
Berra, YogiYogi Berra Catcher 704,208
Gehrig, LouLou Gehrig First baseman 1,207,992
McGwire, MarkMark McGwire** First baseman 517,181
Robinson, JackieJackie Robinson Second baseman 788,116
Hornsby, RogersRogers Hornsby Second baseman 630,761
Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt Third baseman 855,654
Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson Third baseman 761,700
Ripken, Jr., CalCal Ripken, Jr.** Shortstop 669,033
Banks, ErnieErnie Banks Shortstop 598,168
Wagner, HonusHonus Wagner* Shortstop 526,740
Ruth, BabeBabe Ruth Outfielder 1,158,044
Aaron, HankHank Aaron Outfielder 1,156,782
Williams, TedTed Williams Outfielder 1,125,583
Mays, WillieWillie Mays Outfielder 1,115,896
DiMaggio, JoeJoe DiMaggio Outfielder 1,054,423
Mantle, MickeyMickey Mantle Outfielder 988,168
Cobb, TyTy Cobb Outfielder 777,056
Griffey, Jr., KenKen Griffey, Jr.** Outfielder 645,389
Rose, PetePete Rose Outfielder 629,742
Musial, StanStan Musial* Outfielder 571,279

Pete Rose controversy[edit]

There was controversy over the inclusion in the All-Century Team of Pete Rose, who had been banned from baseball for life 10 years earlier. Some questioned Rose's presence on a team officially endorsed by Major League Baseball, but fans at the stadium gave him a standing ovation. During the on-field ceremony, which was emceed by Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, NBC Sports' Jim Gray questioned Rose about his refusal to admit to gambling on baseball.[2] Gray's interview became controversial, with some arguing that it was good journalism,[3] while others objected that the occasion was an inappropriate setting for Gray's persistence.[4] After initially refusing to do so, Gray apologized a few days later.[5] On January 8, 2004, more than four years later, Rose admitted publicly to betting on baseball games in his autobiography My Prison Without Bars.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c All-Century Team Information "All Century Team". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  2. ^ Pete Rose transcript with Jim Gray
  3. ^ Top 10 Most Embarrassing TV/Radio Interview Moments
  4. ^ Darren Everson (27 October 1999). "Chad Shows No Curtis-y To Gray After Game-winner". New York Daily News. 
  5. ^ George Solomon; Dave Sheinin (27 October 1999). "Gray's Apology Is Not Enough for Players". Washington Post. p. D1. 

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