All Century Team

In 1999, a panel of experts assembled by Major League Baseball and sponsored by Mastercard, selected the one-hundred greatest players. More than two million baseball fans worldwide then voted to determine the top players by position from this elite group. A Blue Ribbon panel then added five legends to create a thirty-man team.

"You're not aware until after your career who came before and who came after you. I don't know if there ever was a group as good as that group from the sixties and seventies. I don't know if that will ever happen again." - Johnny Bench
All Century Team

Official Starting Line-Up (1999)

Position Name Final Rank

Pitchers

Nolan Ryan

1.

Sandy Koufax

2.

Cy Young

3.

Roger Clemens

4.

Bob Gibson

5.

Walter Johnson

6.

Warren Spahn

10.

Christy Mathewson

14.

Lefty Grove

18.

Catchers

Johnny Bench

1.

Yogi Berra

2.

First Basemen

Lou Gehrig

1.

Mark McGwire

2.

Second Basemen

Jackie Robinson

1.

Rogers Hornsby

2.

Third Basemen

Mike Schmidt

1.

Brooks Robinson

2.

Shortstops

Cal Ripken, Jr.

1.

Ernie Banks

2.

Honus Wagner

4.

Outfielders

Babe Ruth

1.

Hank Aaron

2.

Ted Williams

3.

Willie Mays

4.

Joe DiMaggio

5.

Mickey Mantle

6.

Ty Cobb

7.

Ken Griffey, Jr.

8.

Pete Rose

9.

Stan Musial

11.

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All Century Team Voting Analysis

The 100 Greatest Players (1999)

Rank Pitchers Fan Ballots Notes

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23.

24.

25.

26.

992,040

970,434

867,523

601,244

582,031

479,279

431,751

405,365

399,657

337,215

330,219

253,120

252,115

249,747

158,266

151,255

143,710

142,169

130,389

122,366

106,416

54,618

31,342

23,366

13,195

12,687

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Rank Catchers Fan Ballots Notes

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

1,010,403

704,208

322,384

247,909

233,288

75,344

74,295

24,196

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Negro League All-Star

 

 

 

Rank First Basemen Fan Ballots Notes

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

1,207,992

517,181

351,488

185,622

161,564

114,317

106,717

28,378

20,091

12,976

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Rank Second Basemen Fan Ballots Notes

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

788,116

630,761

608,660

430,267

90,402

58,836

45,663

27,527

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Rank Third Basemen Fan Ballots Notes

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

855,654

761,700

656,511

174,529

160,271

96,699

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Rank Shortstops Fan Ballots Notes

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

669,033

598,168

589,025

526,740

134,655

129,328

28,877

27,789

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Rank Outfielders Fan Ballots Notes

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

22.

23.

24.

25.

26.

27.

28.

29.

30.

31.

32.

33.

34.

1,158,044

1,156,782

1,125,583

1,115,896

1,054,423

988,168

777,056

645,389

629,742

582,937

571,279

326,415

296,039

232,476

222,082

220,226

180,940

173,279

131,361

97,911

84,461

71,585

67,719

63,410

59,189

51,748

32,302

15,930

15,057

13,893

11,238

10,553

9,475

9,415

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Negro League All-Star

 

 

 

 

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All Century Team Voting Analysis



Sandy Koufax was asked who he thought the best pitcher was and he picked Warren Spahn, who won more games than any left-hander in history. "Not only for what he did on the field," Koufax commented then added, "He'll kill me for doing this. He pitched in the whole damn century."

A common question asked to baseball "experts" is who would you select to pitch a World Series game seven and Bob Gibson is often chosen. Gibson was told about this after the ceremony and replied, "That would be my answer too!"

An interesting thought at the time was should Ken Griffey, Jr. stay healthy and choose to play long enough, he could be selected for the next All Century Team...