Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The most Hall of Famers, update 9


I'm sure many fans are happy to see more players being selected to the Hall of Fame the last few of years.

I am, too, if only to quiet the whining about it, somewhat. But one area where "more Hall of Famers per year" complicates things is in my exercise to find out which Topps flagship set features the most Hall of Famers.

The 2019 class is six people large, just like last year and just like 2014. That's a lot of additions to the sets for which I've already totaled the number of Hall of Famers. Throw in the new sets that I add every time I do this and this becomes a multiple-hour project.

But it's worth it, right?

Sure.

Meanwhile, I continue to discover errors in past Most Hall of Famers posts. I found a big one recently. I listed Pete Rose as being a Hall of Famer in the 1972 Topps set. Astonishingly, no one called me on that. Once I removed Rose, the '72 set then dropped out of a first-place tie with the 1969 and 1983 Topps sets for the most Hall of Famers. And that required me updating several posts, rewording things, etc. I told you this was a project.

Anyway, I have things in order -- for now -- and I am adding three more sets to the list. I have selected the Topps sets from 1959, 1971 and 2003. Let's see how they rank with the others I've done already and with the additions of Mariano Rivera, Roy Halladay, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Harold Baines and Lee Smith.


1956 (34): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Roberto Clemente, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Nellie Fox, Warren Giles, Will Harridge, Monte Irvin, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Bob Lemon, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Hoyt Wilhelm, Ted Williams, Early Wynn


1959 (36): Hank Aaron, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Jim Bunning, Roy Campanella, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Larry Doby, Don Drysdale, Al Kaline, Whitey Ford, Nellie Fox, Ford Frick, Warren Giles, Whitey Herzog, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Stan Musial, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Casey Stengel, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dick Williams, Early Wynn



1960 (39): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Sparky (George) Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Luke Appling, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Jim Bunning, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Bill Dickey, Don Drysdale, Whitey Ford, Nellie Fox, Joe Gordon, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Bob Lemon, Al Lopez, Mickey Mantle, Bill Mazeroski, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Stan Musial, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Red Schoendienst, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Casey Stengel, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dick Williams, Carl Yastrzemski



1963 (35): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Don Drysdale, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Stan Musial, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ron Santo, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Willie Stargell, Joe Torre, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Carl Yastrzemski



1968 (42): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Don Drysdale, Bob Gibson, Jim Hunter, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Tony LaRussa, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Carl Yastrzemski



1969 (47): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Bobby Cox, Don Drysdale, Leo Durocher, Rollie Fingers, Bob Gibson, Joe Gordon, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski



1970 (43): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Leo Durocher, Rollie Fingers, Bob Gibson, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski



1971 (46): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Leo Durocher, Rollie Fingers, Bob Gibson, Jim (Catfish) Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Bob Lemon, Juan Marichal, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski



1972 (46): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Leo Durocher, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Bob Gibson, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Tony La Russa, Bob Lemon, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Gaylord Perry, Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson,  Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski 



1975 (43): Hank Aaron, Walt Alston, Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, George Brett, Lou Brock, Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Bob Gibson, Rich Gossage, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins; Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount


1978 (44): Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Lou Brock, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Bobby Cox, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Whitey Herzog, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Tom Lasorda, Bob Lemon, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Brooks Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Alan Trammell, Earl Weaver, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount


1982 (38): Harold Baines, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken (future stars), Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, Willie Stargell, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Alan Trammell, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount



1983 (49): Sparky Anderson, Harold Baines, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Bobby Cox, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Whitey Herzog, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Tony LaRussa, Tom Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, Don Sutton, Bruce Sutter, Joe Torre, Alan Trammell, Earl Weaver, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount



1987 (40): Sparky Anderson, Harold Baines, Yogi Berra, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Whitey Herzog, Reggie Jackson, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Tom Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Alan Trammell, Earl Weaver, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount



1990 (39): Roberto Alomar, Sparky Anderson, Harold Baines, Craig Biggio, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Whitey Herzog, Randy Johnson, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Tom Lasorda, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Alan Trammell, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount

 
1992 (42): Roberto Alomar, Sparky Anderson, Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Craig Biggio, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Rich Gossage, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Tony La Russa, Tom Lasorda, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Mike Mussina, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken, Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Joe Torre, Alan Trammell, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount


1993 (43): Roberto Alomar, Sparky Anderson, Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Craig Biggio, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken Jr., Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Alan Trammell, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount



1996 (33): Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Craig Biggio, Wade Boggs, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken, Ivan Rodriguez, Ryne Sandberg, Lee Smith, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome


2000 (27): Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Harold Baines, Craig Biggio, Wade Boggs, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Tony Gwynn, Roy Halladay, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken, Ivan Rodriguez, Mariano Rivera, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome



2003 (26): Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Roy Halladay, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Greg Maddux, Edgar Martinez, Pedro Martinez, Mike Mussina, Mike Piazza, Mariano Rivera, Frank Robinson, Ivan Rodriguez, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Joe Torre

I think the 2003 set did pretty good for its debut here. It features four of the 2019 Hall of Famers.

The set that received the biggest boost from the most recent Hall of Fame class is 2000 Topps, which added five Hall of Fame names (everyone except Lee Smith). The 1992, 1993 and 1996 sets added four Hall of Fame names. And the 1983 set pulled away from 1969 Topps with Harold Baines and Lee Smith to improve to 49 Hall of Famers total, the most so far.

As always, if I missed someone, let me know. It's very easy to miss a name, even when I'm double-checking.

I still want to try to do this more than once a year. The next time, I'd like to take care of a couple sets from the 1960s or 1980s. We'll see how that goes.

9 comments:

  1. I see no set ever topping the 1983 set. Outside of Dick Allen, I can't see another player getting in from the 1969 set. The 1987 set could one day take a run at it if Bonds, Clemens, Rose, McGwire, Canseco, Palmeiro, Parker, McGriff ever get in.

    ReplyDelete
  2. The 1983 set has 8 Hall of Fame managers, not including Frank Robinson. Even though that was back when I could have named almost every player on every team, I don't think I ever realized there were that many future HOFers managing in the early 1980s.

    There are either 23 or 24 managers elected to the Hall of Fame. (Wikipedia lists Harry Wright as being inducted as a manager, while Baseball-Almanac.com does not.)

    That means at least one-third of all the baseball managers in the Hall of Fame appeared on a manager card in the 83 Topps set. Since Earl Weaver did not appear in 1984 or in 1985 flagship, I'm guessing 83 Topps holds the record.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I always enjoyed these posts!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I wonder if there are any sets out there who have cracked the 50 mark. If not... I'm sure 1983 will eventually with an eras committee vote. I'd have no problem with that... since 1983 is one of my all-time favorite sets.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I love this stuff! Lots of fun to check the totals.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This took a lot of effort and the cards are really nice. Great post.

    ReplyDelete
  7. tradingcarddb.com has a feature on each set's page for "Hall of Famers" to see who is in each set. Something like this:
    https://www.tradingcarddb.com/SetHOF.cfm/sid/1642/2003-Topps

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I see the total for the 2003 set is 41 cards, when there are only 26 Hall of Famers. They added the extra cards for Hall of Famers with more than one card in the set.

      Delete