Ballplayers Who Played In Four Different Leagues

Major League Baseball Players Who Played in Four Leagues

Each of the following Major League baseball players has played at least one game in four different official major leagues.

Chart Notes: The Player Name column links to the player's career stats. The Superscripted item next to their name is the total number of major league years played. The Debut column is the exact date of their first Major League game. The Position column is the position they played most often during their Major League career. The League columns are in order according to each individual player's career.

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" (Lave) Cross was one of the most popular players in Philadelphia in the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900s, playing for five teams in that city in four different leagues. He was a valuable utility player for the Phillies in the 1890s before earning a starting job with St. Louis in 1898. After bouncing from one terrible team to another for three seasons, he arrived on Connie Mack's A's in 1901. As a starting third baseman for the next six seasons, Cross performed extremely well, especially considering they were his age 35-40 years." - TheBaseballPage.com

Four Different Leagues Played

In MLB Debut Order | Research by Baseball Almanac

1.
05-01-1880
2B
NL
UA
PL
AA
2.
04-24-1882
2B
NL
UA
AA
PL
3.
05-31-1882
3B
NL
UA
AA
PL
4.
05-11-1883
P
AA
UA
NL
PL
5.
06-18-1883
P
AA
UA
PL
NL
6.
04-17-1884
P
UA
NL
PL
AA
7.
04-17-1884
OF
UA
NL
PL
AA
8.
04-17-1884
OF
UA
NL
PL
AA
9.
04-20-1884
C
UA
NL
AA
PL
10.
04-26-1884
2B
UA
NL
PL
AL
11.
05-15-1884
P
UA
AA
NL
AL
12.
08-18-1884
SS
UA
NL
PL
AA
13.
04-23-1887
3B
AA
PL
NL
AL
14.
05-02-1887
P
AA
PL
NL
AL
15.
04-21-1888
C
NL
PL
AA
AL
16.
04-20-1888
OF
NL
PL
AA
AL
17.
04-23-1888
2B
NL
PL
AA
AL
18.
06-23-1888
OF
NL
PL
AA
AL
19.
04-22-1890
C
PL
AA
NL
AL
Baseball Players Who Have Played in Four Leagues
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The four-league player with the longest Major League career was Lave Cross , who played for twenty-one seasons. The shortest were Jim Brennan & Mike Slattery , who are tied with five seasons each. Which one is a Hall of Famer? [ Answer ].

Did any of these four league players set the record for most teams played for during a Major League career? How about the record for most teams played for during a single Major League season? Review these similar tenure records in our baseball records section.

A breakdown by primary position played for these truly remarkable nineteen major leaguers follows: five pitchers, four outfielders, four second basemen, three catchers, two third baseman and one shortstop.

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