Baseball Hall of Fame Fast Facts & Frivolities

Hall of Fame Trivia and Statistics

Have you ever wondered how many pitchers are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame? How about the number of players from your favorite team? If so, then this is the right place to find those oddball hall of fame facts and statistics.

"A pitcher is not a ballplayer." - Christy Mathewson
Count of Hall of Fame Members by Primary Team

Which MLB Team Has The Most Hall of Famers?

Rank
Primary Team
Lg
Number of Inductees
1.
New York Yankees
AL
26
2.

New York Giants

NL
20
3.

St. Louis Cardinals

NL
18
4.

Chicago Cubs

NL
14
5.
Cleveland Indians
AL
13
Pittsburgh Pirates
NL
13
7.
Chicago White Sox
AL
12
Detroit Tigers
AL
12
9.
Boston Red Sox
AL
11
Philadelphia Phillies
NL
11
11.
Cincinnati Reds
NL
10
12.
Brooklyn Dodgers
NL
9
Philadelphia Athletics
AL
9
14.
Boston Braves
NL
7
15.
Atlanta Braves
NL
6
Los Angeles Dodgers
NL
6
Washington Senators
AL
6
18.
Baltimore Orioles
AL
5
Oakland Athletics
AL
5
San Francisco Giants
NL
5
21.
Minnesota Twins
AL
4
Montreal Expos
NL
4
23.

Buffalo Bisons

NL
3
Baltimore Orioles
NL
3
Chicago White Stockings
NL
3
Milwaukee Braves
NL
3
27.

California (LA) Angels

AL
2

Cleveland Spiders

NL
2
Houston Astros
AL
2
Milwaukee Brewers
NL
2
New York Mets
NL
2
San Diego Padres
NL
2
Seattle Mariners
AL
2
St. Louis Browns
AL
2
Toronto Blue Jays
AL
2
36.
Cincinnati Red Stockings
NL
1

Hartford Dark Blues

NL
1
Kansas City Royals
AL
1
Providence Grays
NL
1
Texas Rangers
AL
1
41.
Arizona Diamondbacks
NL
0
Colorado Rockies
NL
0
Miami Marlins
NL
0

Tampa Bay Rays

AL
0

Washington Nationals

NL
0
Rank
Primary Team
Lg
Number of Inductees

Hall of Fame Team Frequency

Count of Hall of Fame Members by Position

What Position Did Most Hall of Famers Play?

Rank
Primary Position
The 331 Inductees
1.

Pitchers

2.
Executives
36
3.
First Basemen
Right Fielders
Shortstops
6.
Center Fielders
7.
Managers
8.

Left Fielders

9.

Second Basemen

10.

Catchers

11.

Third Basemen

12.
Umpires
13.

Designated Hitters

2
Rank
Primary Position
The 331 Inductees

Hall of Fame Positional Frequency

First Ballot Inductees

Who Got In On Their First Try?

Name Ballot Year Inducted
Ty Cobb 1 st 1936
Walter Johnson 1 st 1936
Christy Mathewson 1 st 1936
Babe Ruth 1 st 1936
Honus Wagner 1 st 1936

Bob Feller

1 st 1962

Jackie Robinson

1 st 1962

Ted Williams

1 st 1966

Stan Musial

1 st 1969

Sandy Koufax

1 st 1972

Warren Spahn

1 st 1973

Mickey Mantle

1 st 1974

Ernie Banks

1 st 1977

Willie Mays

1 st 1979

Al Kaline

1 st 1980

Bob Gibson

1 st 1981

Hank Aaron ( bio )

1 st 1982

Frank Robinson

1 st 1982

Brooks Robinson

1 st 1983

Lou Brock

1 st 1985

Willie McCovey

1 st 1986

Willie Stargell

1 st 1988

Johnny Bench

1 st 1989

Carl Yastrzemski

1 st 1989

Joe Morgan

1 st 1990

Jim Palmer

1 st 1990

Rod Carew

1 st 1991

Tom Seaver

1 st 1992

Reggie Jackson

1 st 1993

Steve Carlton

1 st 1994

Mike Schmidt

1 st 1995

George Brett

1 st 1999

Nolan Ryan

1 st 1999

Robin Yount

1 st 1999

Kirby Puckett

1 st 2001

Dave Winfield

1 st 2001

Ozzie Smith

1 st 2002

Eddie Murray

1 st 2003

Dennis Eckersley

1 st 2004

Paul Molitor

1 st 2004

Wade Boggs

1 st

2005

Tony Gwynn

1 st

2007

Cal Ripken, Jr.

1 st

2007

Rickey Henderson 1 st 2009
Tom Glavine 1 st 2014
Greg Maddux 1 st 2014

Frank Thomas

1 st

2014

Randy Johnson 1 st 2015
Pedro Martinez 1 st 2015
John Smoltz 1 st 2015
Ken Griffey, Jr. 1 st 2016
Ivan Rodriguez 1 st 2017
Chipper Jones 1 st 2018
Jim Thome 1 st 2018
Roy Halladay 1 st 2019
Mariano Rivera 1 st 2019
Name Ballot Year Inducted

Hall of Fame First Ballot Inductees

Hall of Fame Membership Breakdown

In Numerical Order

Type of Member Quantity

Players

227

Negro Leagues

35

Executives & Pioneers

36

Managers

23

Umpires

10

Total Membership

331

Hall of Fame Selections by Committee Type

Numerical Order

Committee Quantity Type

Baseball Writers' Association of America

132

Players

Hall of Fame Committee on Baseball Veterans

173

95

Players

36

Executives & Pioneers

23

Managers

9

Negro Leaguers

10

Umpires

Committee on Negro Leagues (1971-1977)

9

Negro Leaguers

Committee on Negro Leagues II (2006-Today)

17

Negro Leaguers

Total Membership

331 Total Inductees


During 1999, the most first ballot inductees were enshrined into the National Baseball Hall of Fame since the year (1936) it opened. In 2014, that number was tied courtesy of Tom Glavine , Greg Maddux & Frank Thomas . One year later (2015), it was tied a third time, when Cooperstown welcomed Randy Johnson , Pedro Martinez , and John Smoltz !
Through today, there are 79 living members (including executives, managers, umpires, players, and Negro Leaguers) of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Did you know that only one player in the National Baseball Hall of Fame has been selected with 100% of the possible ballots? See who it was, and who came the closest on our list of BBWAA Voting Percentage List .
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