• Baseball’s True Iron Men

    Posted by on March 4th, 2012 · Comments (1)

    Players with 16+ seasons of qualifying for the batting title -

    Rk   Yrs From To Age  
    1 Cap Anson 22 1876 1897 24-45 Ind. Seasons
    2 Pete Rose 21 1963 1983 22-42 Ind. Seasons
    3 Carl Yastrzemski 21 1961 1982 21-42 Ind. Seasons
    4 Ty Cobb 21 1906 1927 19-40 Ind. Seasons
    5 Eddie Murray 20 1977 1996 21-40 Ind. Seasons
    6 Hank Aaron 20 1954 1975 20-41 Ind. Seasons
    7 Rickey Henderson 19 1980 2000 21-41 Ind. Seasons
    8 Robin Yount 19 1975 1993 19-37 Ind. Seasons
    9 Dave Winfield 19 1974 1993 22-41 Ind. Seasons
    10 Tris Speaker 19 1909 1927 21-39 Ind. Seasons
    11 Eddie Collins 19 1908 1926 21-39 Ind. Seasons
    12 Honus Wagner 19 1898 1916 24-42 Ind. Seasons
    13 Craig Biggio 18 1989 2007 23-41 Ind. Seasons
    14 Cal Ripken 18 1982 2001 21-40 Ind. Seasons
    15 George Brett 18 1975 1993 22-40 Ind. Seasons
    16 Reggie Jackson 18 1968 1986 22-40 Ind. Seasons
    17 Joe Morgan 18 1965 1983 21-39 Ind. Seasons
    18 Frank Robinson 18 1956 1974 20-38 Ind. Seasons
    19 Willie Mays 18 1951 1971 20-40 Ind. Seasons
    20 Mel Ott 18 1928 1945 19-36 Ind. Seasons
    21 George Davis 18 1890 1908 19-37 Ind. Seasons
    22 Bid McPhee 18 1882 1899 22-39 Ind. Seasons
    23 Jim O’Rourke 18 1876 1893 25-42 Ind. Seasons
    24 Rafael Palmeiro 17 1988 2004 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    25 Barry Bonds 17 1987 2004 22-39 Ind. Seasons
    26 Paul Molitor 17 1978 1998 21-41 Ind. Seasons
    27 Brooks Robinson 17 1958 1975 21-38 Ind. Seasons
    28 Luis Aparicio 17 1956 1973 22-39 Ind. Seasons
    29 Stan Musial 17 1942 1962 21-41 Ind. Seasons
    30 Rabbit Maranville 17 1913 1933 21-41 Ind. Seasons
    31 Max Carey 17 1911 1928 21-38 Ind. Seasons
    32 Sam Crawford 17 1900 1916 20-36 Ind. Seasons
    33 Nap Lajoie 17 1897 1916 22-41 Ind. Seasons
    34 Bill Dahlen 17 1891 1908 21-38 Ind. Seasons
    35 Jake Beckley 17 1889 1905 21-37 Ind. Seasons
    36 Jimmy Ryan 17 1886 1903 23-40 Ind. Seasons
    37 Roger Connor 17 1880 1896 22-38 Ind. Seasons
    38 Monte Ward 17 1878 1894 18-34 Ind. Seasons
    39 Derek Jeter 16 1996 2011 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    40 Johnny Damon 16 1996 2011 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    41 Chili Davis 16 1982 1999 22-39 Ind. Seasons
    42 Ozzie Smith 16 1978 1994 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    43 Eddie Mathews 16 1952 1967 20-35 Ind. Seasons
    44 Paul Waner 16 1926 1942 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    45 Charlie Gehringer 16 1926 1941 23-38 Ind. Seasons
    46 Al Simmons 16 1924 1939 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    47 Frankie Frisch 16 1920 1935 21-36 Ind. Seasons
    48 Jimmy Dykes 16 1920 1936 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    49 Babe Ruth 16 1918 1934 23-39 Ind. Seasons
    50 Zack Wheat 16 1910 1926 22-38 Ind. Seasons
    51 Harry Hooper 16 1910 1925 22-37 Ind. Seasons
    52 Tommy Leach 16 1899 1915 21-37 Ind. Seasons
    53 Jimmy Sheckard 16 1898 1913 19-34 Ind. Seasons
    54 Bobby Wallace 16 1897 1912 23-38 Ind. Seasons
    55 Fred Clarke 16 1895 1911 22-38 Ind. Seasons
    56 Lave Cross 16 1891 1906 25-40 Ind. Seasons
    57 Tommy Corcoran 16 1890 1906 21-37 Ind. Seasons
    58 Jack Glasscock 16 1879 1894 21-36 Ind. Seasons
    Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
    Generated 3/4/2012.

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    Granted, the D.H. rule helped some of these guys.  And, PEDs may have helped some others.  A-Rod could crack the list in 2012 – assuming he stays healthy.

    Comments on Baseball’s True Iron Men

    1. KPOcala
      March 4th, 2012 | 7:51 pm

      Using 1980 as a semi-arbitrary cut-off for “modern sports medicine”, it’s surprising that there aren’t more modern players on the list. Maybe it was a little tougher to keep a fleet of cars running back in the day of the ‘old-timers’ ;)

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