Sucky title, I know. But I've had a very irritating day and I don't care.
A few weeks ago, somebody on Twitter wondered which Topps flagship set featured the most Hall of Famers. Some speculated it was the early '80s. I speculated it was the mid-1960s.
After some frantic, imprecise researching and a few suggestions, I landed on 1969 as the set that likely has the most Hall of Famers.
The 1969 set has 44 players in the set that have reached the Hall of Fame.
Here they are:
Ernie Banks, Walter Alston, Joe Morgan, Roberto Clemente, Luis Aparicio, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Lou Brock, Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Carl Yastrzemski, Leo Durocher, Jim Bunning, Willie Stargell, Willie Mays, Brooks Robinson, Bob Gibson, Don Sutton, Frank Robinson, Steve Carlton, Reggie Jackson, Tony Perez, Bill Mazeroski, Dick Williams, Phil Niekro, Juan Marichal, Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda, Earl Weaver, Don Drysdale, Al Kaline, Willie McCovey, Tom Seaver, Billy Williams, Red Schoendienst, Gaylord Perry, Mickey Mantle, Rod Carew, Nolan Ryan, Hoyt Wilhelm, Jim Palmer, Rollie Fingers, Fergie Jenkins, Ted Williams, Ron Santo
Of course, there are many other years to consult before I declare 1969 as THE Set of Hall of Famers.
And I certainly don't have the time to do all of that now.
So what I'm going to do is keep returning to this post as I have time to add to the list. And I'll alert you when I've added other years.
But I've already started with a couple of other years that I did in my rare free time.
1963 (33): Al Kaline, Hoyt Wilhelm, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Roberts, Richie Ashburn, Walter Alston, Mickey Mantle, Luis Aparicio, Sandy Koufax, Willie Stargell, Stan Musial, Ron Santo, Willie Mays, Whitey Herzog, Warren Spahn, Dick Williams, Yogi Berra, Brooks Robinson, Billy Williams, Don Drysdale, Jim Bunning, Ernie Banks, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Bob Gibson, Juan Marichal, Whitey Ford, Lou Brock, Willie McCovey, Harmon Killebrew, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Duke Snider
1970 (41): Carl Yastrzemski, Hoyt Wilhelm, Reggie Jackson, Earl Weaver, Harmon Killebrew, Phil Niekro, Billy Williams, Sparky Anderson, Juan Marichal, Ted Williams, Steve Carlton, Brooks Robinson, Fergie Jenkins, Walter Alston, Willie McCovey, Rod Carew, Leo Durocher, Tom Seaver, Luis Aparicio, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Roberto Clemente, Tony Perez, Catfish Hunter, Jim Bunning, Jim Palmer, Willie Stargell, Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Joe Morgan, Orlando Cepeda, Gaylord Perry, Willie Mays, Don Sutton, Ernie Banks, Bill Mazeroski, Al Kaline, Johnny Bench, Ron Santo, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan
Also, I know 1983 Topps has 38 Hall of Famers, but I'll add that here officially later.
Feel free to point out any missing players, as I'm sure to miss a few. I hope to have this be the definitive answer to this question.
You know, for those who have so little to do with their lives that they have to ask questions like these.
Finger pointed directly at me.
Don't forget HOFer coaches from the 1960 and 1973 sets ;-)
35 players and 6 managers:
Brett, Bench, Blyleven, Boggs, Carew, Carlton, Carter, Dawson, Eck, Fingers, Fisk, Gossage, Gwynn, Rickey, Reggie, Fergie, Molitor, Morgan, Murray, Niekro, Palmer, Perez, Perry, Rice, Ripken, Ryan, Sandberg, Schmidt, Seaver, Ozzie, Sutter, Sutton, Winfield, Yaz, Young
Sparky, Whitey, LaSorda, Frank Robinson, Weaver, Dick Williams
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