Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Modern Hall of Famers in the Hundreds Slots A-M

Yesterday I looked at the vintage Hall of Famers and how many hundred slots they were given. (I skipped the Cubs since I covered them in this post)

Today I turn my attention to the modern players.  PSA uses 1970 and beyond as the dividing line.  Because there are so many players, I'm just going to do those with last names A - M today.  Tomorrow I'll cover the rest.

Roberto Alomar - never

Jeff Bagwell - never - we start with two guys that didn't play in major media markets, and they get no recognition from Topps.

Johnny Bench -  six times - 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982   Bench went on a pretty good run in the late '70s and early '80s.  I'm surprised he didn't get the hundreds in the early '70s when he was dominating the league and winning MVPs.

Craig Biggio - never - no respect for another Astro

Bert Blyleven - never - another small market guy. 

Barry Bonds - six times - 1994, 1995, 1996, 2002, 2005, 2006  While six times is pretty good, I think Topps shied away from him since he was such a polarizing figure.

George Brett - nine times - 1981 thru 1989 The guy was a hit machine during this span and that was hard to ignore.

Lou Brock - one time - 1972  The guy was a stolen base machine and that was ignored!

Rod Carew - ten times - 1975, 1976, 1979 thru 1986.  See George Brett

Steve Carlton - one time - 1973 His one and  only time was the season after he won 27 games for a last place team

Gary Carter - never - Surprised me, especially since he played in New York

Dennis Eckersley - one time - 1998 - An end of the career number

Rollie Fingers - never - No love for bullpen guys

Carlton Fisk - never - Bench got six but Carter and Fisk get nothing.  Very odd

Rich Gossage - never - see Rollie Fingers

Ken Griffey - four times - 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000  Four seems low for a guy of his stature 

Tony Gwynn - never The guy was a hitting machine like Brett and Carew.  How was he overlooked?

Ricky Henderson - one time - 1986 Looks like Topps limits the stolen base guys to just once

Trevor Hoffman - never - see Rollie Fingers and Rich Gossage

Catfish Hunter - one time - 1976 He gets his hundred after he signs with the Yankees

Reggie Jackson - twelve times - 1975, 1976, 1978 thru 1987 He is the big leader at this point, with a dozen times.  He leads not only in appearances, but consecutive appearances (ten).

Derek Jeter - five times - 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2014 Figured he'd have had a bunch more.

Randy Johnson - one time - 2002

Chipper Jones - one  time - 2008

Barry Larkin - never

Greg Maddux - never He wins three Cy Youngs but never gets a hundred

Pedro Martinez - one time - 2007 - He wins three Cy Youngs and gets just one hundred, and it comes when he is with a New York team

Paul Molitor - two times - 1981 and 1992

Joe Morgan - two times - 1977, 1978 Two MVPs, two hundreds

Jack Morris - none -

Eddie Murray - one time - 1985


  1. Interesting list for sure. Mr. October with a dozen is startling!

  2. Now I'm curious about who were the least memorable players who were given hero numbers over Gwynn, Maddux, Carter, and Fisk.

  3. Wow. Reggie is the Mr. 00 as well. It's sad that my three favorite players (Gwynn, Henderson, and Maddux) only have one 00 between them.

  4. Although with Barry, they did that have one year where they made like 8 billion cards of him for the main set.