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 20th 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]

Lou Gehrig received the most votes of any player.
* 'Legends' chosen by select panel
** Player still active in 1999
ö Player is deceased
Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
Player Position Votes
Nolan Ryan Pitcher 992,040
Sandy Koufax Pitcher 970,434
Cy Young†ö Pitcher 867,523
Roger Clemens** Pitcher 601,244
Bob Gibson†ö Pitcher 582,031
Walter Johnson†ö Pitcher 479,279
Warren Spahn†ö* Pitcher 337,215
Christy Mathewson†ö* Pitcher 249,747
Lefty Grove†ö* Pitcher 142,169
Johnny Bench Catcher 1,010,403
Yogi Berra†ö Catcher 704,208
Lou Gehrig†ö First baseman 1,207,992
Mark McGwire** First baseman 517,181
Jackie Robinson†ö Second baseman 788,116
Rogers Hornsby†ö Second baseman 630,761
Mike Schmidt Third baseman 855,654
Brooks Robinson Third baseman 761,700
Cal Ripken Jr.** Shortstop 669,033
Ernie Banks†ö Shortstop 598,168
Honus Wagner†ö* Shortstop 526,740
Babe Ruth†ö Outfielder 1,158,044
Hank Aaron†ö Outfielder 1,156,782
Ted Williams†ö Outfielder 1,125,583
Willie Mays Outfielder 1,115,896
Joe DiMaggio†ö Outfielder 1,054,423
Mickey Mantle†ö Outfielder 988,168
Ty Cobb†ö Outfielder 777,056
Ken Griffey Jr.** Outfielder 645,389
Pete Rose Outfielder 629,742
Stan Musial†ö* 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 2004 autobiography My Prison Without Bars.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "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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