ESPN's Hall of 100
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December 12, 2012
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INTRODUCTION

The Time Is Now

With some big PED-era names facing judgment day next month in the Baseball Hall of Fame voting and with the everlasting cacophony over who belongs in Cooperstown and who doesn't, we decided to take a fresh look at the greats of the game.

Out with conventional wisdom and hidebound opinions; in with a new analysis of which players really are the best of the best.

And so we present the ESPN Hall of 100: the top 100 players of all time. Period. -- Steve Wulf

More: Full intro | Methodology | #Hallof100

Tuesday: Nos. 100-76 | Wednesday: Nos. 75-26 | Thursday: Top 25

THE LIST: NOS. 76-100

76. Carlton Fisk, C

Career: 1969-93, Red Sox, White Sox

Fun fact: 1972 ROY, 11-time All-Star

Immortalized by his dramatic, arm-waving home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, "Pudge" amassed 2,356 hits in 2,499 games over 24 seasons -- 2,226 of them as a catcher. (Only Ivan Rodriguez logged more games behind home plate.)

Fisk was a fiery competitor. Just ask the Yankees, Deion Sanders or any player who attempted to run him over at the plate.

77. Paul Molitor, INF/DH

Career: 1978-98, Brewers, Jays, Twins

Fun fact: 1993 World Series MVP

Appearing in 1,171 of his 2,683 career games at designated hitter, Molitor batted .300 or better 12 times and .325 or better five times, collecting a grand total of 3,319 hits (ninth most all time) over 21 seasons.

Molitor had a 39-game hitting streak in 1987, the longest streak since Pete Rose hit in 44 straight in 1978. The Twins Cities native finished his career in Minnesota.

78. Mike Piazza, C

Career: 1992-2007, Dodgers, Mets, others

Fun fact: Six 30-HR/100-RBI seasons

Arguably the greatest-hitting catcher of all time, Piazza surpassed legendary backstop Carlton Fisk (No. 76 on our list) in home runs in 2004 and just kept on slugging. The 1993 National League rookie of the year finished his 16-year career with 427 homers, 1,335 RBIs and a .308 batting average.

Not bad for a 62nd-round draft pick.

79. Robin Roberts, RHP

Career: 1948-66, Phillies, Orioles, others

Fun fact: Pitched 28 consecutive complete games

A workhorse starter for much of his 19-year career, Roberts led the National League in wins in four straight seasons for the Phillies, winning 28 games in 1952, and 23 in '53, '54 and '55.

He compiled a career mark of 286-245 with a 3.41 ERA with four teams, earning 20 or more wins six times.

80. Charlie Gehringer, 2B

Career: 1924-42, Tigers

Fun fact: Led AL 2B in fielding five times

Pitcher Lefty Gomez, and many others, marveled at Gehringer's remarkable consistency: "Charlie Gehringer is in a rut. He hits .350 on Opening Day and stays there all season."

Nicknamed the "Mechanical Man," Gehringer batted .300 13 times, scored 100 runs 12 times and collected 200 hits seven times. The longtime Tigers second baseman won the American League MVP award in 1937 when he batted .371.

81. Duke Snider, CF

Career: 1947-64, Dodgers, Mets, Giants

Fun fact: Five straight 40-homer seasons

During the golden age of center fielders in New York, there was Willie, Mickey and "The Duke." In his 11 seasons in Brooklyn, Snider helped Dem Bums to six National League pennants, five World Series appearances and one World Series title.

The "Silver Fox" belted 407 career home runs and batted .300 seven times, including a career-high .341 in 1954.

82. Kid Nichols, RHP

Career: 1890-1906, Beaneaters, Cardinals, Phillies

Fun fact: Compiled 361 wins over 15 seasons

Back in Nichols' day, being a 20-game winner wasn't enough. He won 27 games as a 20-year-old rookie for the Boston Beaneaters in 1890 and was a 30-game winner seven times.

Nichols almost always finished what he started, completing 532 of his 562 career starts.

83. Mark McGwire, 1B

Career: 1986-2001, Athletics, Cardinals

Fun fact: Hit a 538-foot home run off Randy Johnson in 1997

Eleven years after setting the single-season home run record (49) for rookies, Big Mac shattered Roger Maris' single-season home run record of 61 in 1998, finishing the history-making season with 70.

From 1996 to 1999, the most productive period of his 16-year career, Big Mac slugged 245 of his 583 career home runs. He averaged a home run every 10.61 at-bats in his career -- better than both Barry Bonds and Babe Ruth.

84. Willie Stargell, 1B

Career: 1962-82, Pirates

Fun fact: Won 1979 NL MVP at age 39

Renowned for his tape-measure home runs, the man known as "Pops" guided Pittsburgh to two World Series titles.

Stargell on the Series-winning "We Are Family" '79 Pirates: "We were products of different races, were raised in different income brackets, but in the clubhouse and on the field we were one."

85. Manny Ramirez, LF

Career: 1993-2011, Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers, White Sox, Rays

Fun fact: Had a career-best 165 RBIs in '99

There was never a dull moment with the always-entertaining Ramirez. One of the greatest right-handed hitters of his era, the enigmatic slugger who once disappeared into the Green Monster for an impromptu bathroom break belted 555 home runs, drove in 1,831 runs and batted .312 over 19 seasons.

He won two World Series rings during his seven seasons in Boston.

86. Gary Carter, C

Career: 1974-92, Expos, Mets, others

Fun fact: 11-time All-Star, three-time Gold Glove winner

Nicknamed "Kid" for his youthful exuberance and infectious smile, Carter was a rare breed of catcher. He slugged 324 career homers and threw out 35 percent of would-be base stealers in his 19 seasons -- a dozen of them with the Expos.

Perhaps fittingly, it was Carter -- No. 86 on our list -- who sparked the Mets' comeback in the 1986 World Series with a 10th-inning single in Game 6.

87. Frankie Frisch, 2B

Career: 1919-37, Giants, Cardinals

Fun fact: Went directly from Fordham to the majors

A cross-handed switch-hitter from the right side, Frisch batted .300 13 times in his 19-year career. He never struck out more than 28 times in a season.

"The Fordham Flash" was also pretty flashy with the glove, prompting famed sportswriter Damon Runyon to write: "His range was such that he played second base, some of center field, and a slice of right, too."

88. Cap Anson, 1B

Career: 1871-97, Forest Citys, Athletics, White Stockings

Fun fact: Starred in the Broadway play "A Runaway Colt"

The first player to reach 3,000 hits and the second manager to win 1,000 games, Anson was one of the game's first superstars. He is the...
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