Can You Recognize These MLB Legends From Their Hall of Fame Plaques?

By: Gavin Thagard
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Babe-ruth This player changed the way baseball was played when he started swinging for the fences. Who is he?
Stan Musial
Mickey Mantle
Babe Ruth
The Boston Red Sox probably made the worst decision in franchise history when they traded Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees, following the 1919 season. The Red Sox went 86 years without winning another title in what became known as "The Curse of the Bambino."
Hank Aaron

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Robinson The first African American to play in MLB, who is this Hall of Famer?
Hank Aaron
Willie Mays
Frank Robinson
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson was clearly meant to play in the Majors, evidenced by the Rookie of the Year Award he won in 1947. He topped that honor in 1949 when he was named the NL MVP after winning the NL batting title and leading the National League in stolen bases.

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Ernie-Banks A player who spent his entire MLB career with the Chicago Cubs, who is this Hall of Famer?
Billy Williams
Ernie Banks
Making his MLB debut in 1953, Ernie Banks was the first African American to play for the Chicago Cubs. Fans in Chicago fell in love with Banks from the start, eventually honoring him with the nickname "Mr. Cub."
Andre Dawson
Bob Gibson

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Roberto-Walker An influential figure both on and off the field, which player is this?
Roberto Clemente
With speed that allowed him to cover the field and a rocket arm, Roberto Clemente was one of the best fielders in baseball during his prime. His fielding skills earned him 12 straight Gold Glove Awards, from 1961 until 1972.
Tom Seaver
Joe Johnson
Fernando Valenzuela

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Hank-aaron You'd be hard-pressed to find a hitter who could hammer a ball out of the park like which slugger, depicted on this plaque?
Pete Rose
Hank Aaron
Hank Aaron was the first person to surpass Babe Ruth's career home run record of 714 home runs. Aaron finished his career with 755 homers but has since been passed by Barry Bonds, though Bonds' record is controversial because of his association with steroids.
Reggie Jackson
Rickey Henderson

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Cobb Carrying the nickname "The Georgia Peach," this player stole bases like a criminal. Can you name him?
Stan Musial
Honus Wagner
Joe Jackson
Ty Cobb
Excellent on both sides of the field, Ty Cobb really shined while at bat, recording 4,191 hits in his career. Even though he retired in 1928, he still holds the MLB record for career batting average at .367.

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Willie-Mays Can you identify this outfielder who was born to be an All-Star in MLB?
Yogi Berra
Frank Robinson
Barry Bonds
Willie Mays
As with most Hall of Fame players, Willie Mays had many talents on the field, including hitting home runs. In a game against the Milwaukee Braves in 1961, Mays hit four home runs, which puts him in a category with only 17 other players.

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Teddy Even though he never won a World Series, which player depicted here is considered one of the greatest players to take the field?
Ty Cobb
Ted Williams
With the ability to knock the ball out the park or place it in the field, Ted Williams might've been the greatest hitter the game has ever seen. He finished his career with 521 home runs and 2,654 hits, while recording an outstanding .344 batting average.
Stan Musial
Walter Johnson

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Lynn-Ryan Are you familiar with this pitcher whose career spanned four decades?
Roger Clemens
Greg Maddux
Nolan Ryan
Nolan Ryan played for four teams throughout his lengthy MLB career. Of those four teams, three retired his number: the Los Angeles Angels, the Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers.
Tom Seaver

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Randal-Johnson Are you familiar with this pitcher, known for his size and dominant fastball?
Randy Johnson
Though he was drafted in 1982, Randy Johnson decided to skip out on the minors to attend college at USC, where he played both baseball and basketball. By his sophomore year, he gave up on basketball and focused on the sport that would turn him into a legend.
Sandy Koufax
Greg Maddux
Nolan Ryan

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Sandy Few Hall of Fame pitchers were as skilled during the height of their career as which player, shown here?
Nolan Ryan
Bob Gibson
Sandy Koufax
Sandy Koufax is one of the rare pitchers in MLB to pitch a perfect game, which he accomplished on September 9, 1965. The impressive thing about the timing of this event was that Koufax was already in decline as injuries racked up. He played one more season before retiring.
Greg Maddux

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Micky Have you done enough research on the greatest players in baseball history to name this three-time AL MVP?
Roger Maris
Yogi Berra
Mickey Mantle
Mickey Mantle was a great New York Yankees players who helped establish the franchise as one of the best in professional sports. Mantle won seven World Series while playing for the Yankees, with his first title coming during his debut season.
Derek Jeter

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Jo Would you consider yourself enough of a baseball historian to identify this legend, considered to be one of the best offensive threats in the game?
Joe DiMaggio
Though he won nine World Series and was elected to 13 All-Star Games, Joe DiMaggio's greatest accomplishment might be his 56-game hitting streak, a record that stands today. He recorded this streak in the 1941 season.
Mickey Mantle
Yogi Berra
Babe Ruth

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Kirby This player helped invigorate the Twins franchise in the '80s and '90s. What's his name?
Kirby Puckett
After debuting in 1984, it took Kirby Puckett only four years to help the Minnesota Twins win a World Series. He didn't have to wait long to win another title, which he was able to do in 1991.
Tony Gwynn
Rod Carew
Tony Olivia

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Honus-Wagner Can you name this Hall of Fame player who won a record eight NL batting titles?
Honus Wagner
Honus Wagner was so skilled in defense that he played just about every position on that side. That doesn't mean he couldn't play offense, though, as the man known as "The Flying Dutchman" could also do everything from batting to stealing bases.
Roberto Clemente
Willie Mays
Joe Jackson

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Josh Gibbon What's the name of this player who entered the National Baseball Hall of Fame despite never playing in MLB?
Oscar Charleston
Josh Gibson
Much of Josh Gibson's legacy is left to legend because he played in the Negro League, where statistics weren't as well kept. However, one thing is certain — Gibson is one of the greatest power hitters of any era, a fact recognized by many of the greats from the time he played.
Buck Leonard
Rube Foster

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Ronald-Santo Is this nine-time All-Star a player you're familiar with?
Mike Schmidt
Chipper Jones
George Brett
Ron Santo
Ron Santo retired from baseball in 1974, having nine All-Star appearances and five Gold Gloves under his belt. He reentered the Chicago Cubs' organization in 1990 as a broadcaster, where he was known for giving his honest opinion, whether it was good or bad.

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Edgar-Martinez Name this star player who batted a .312 average throughout his Hall of Fame career?
Chipper Jones
Mariano Rivera
Mike Mussina
Edgar Martinez
Though he played third base at times in his career, Edgar Martinez had the most success as a designated hitter because his true talent was on the offensive side of the ball. His hitting prowess was evidenced by his five Silver Slugger Awards and two AL batting championships.

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George-Giffey How well do you know this player who was considered a five tool All-Star during his prime?
Barry Bonds
Frank Thomas
Willie Mays
Ken Griffey Jr.
The first overall draft pick in 1987, Ken Griffey Jr. came into the league with the expectation that he was going to be a star. Griffey lived up to the hype, earning a place in 13 All-Star Games and winning the AL MVP in 1997.

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Greg-Maddux Do you recognize this player, one of the best fielding pitchers to ever take the mound?
Tom Seaver
Tom Glavine
Greg Maddux
In recognition of his greatness, Greg Maddux won four straight Cy Young Awards, from 1992 through 1995, with the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. This made him the first player to win the award four consecutive years.
Roger Clemens

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Cy-Young This Hall of Fame pitcher has an MLB award named after him. Who is he?
Sandy Koufax
Nolan Ryan
Cy Young
A hard thrower who was also crafty with the ball, Cy Young holds numerous pitching records, including career wins and career completed games. One of his greatest accomplishments came in 1901 when he won a Triple Crown by leading the league in wins, strikeouts and ERA.
Randy Johnson

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Walter-J Are you familiar with this star, one of the original five players to enter the Hall of Fame?
Grover Cleveland Alexander
Walter Johnson
Early in his career, Walter Johnson relied on his fastball, which rivaled that of anyone who ever played the game and earned him the nickname "The Big Train." However, once he added a curveball to his arsenal, Johnson was almost unstoppable, recording at least 20 wins for 10 straight seasons.
Tris Speaker
Lefty Grove

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Lou-Gehrig Are you familiar with this star who carried the New York Yankees as Babe Ruth declined and retired?
Joe DiMaggio
Lou Gehrig
Lou Gehrig, a player who was known for his durability and effort on the field, had a tragic ending to his life after he was diagnosed with ALS, now commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The disease took his life only two years after he retired. Gehrig was only 37 years old.
Ted Williams
Mickey Mantle

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Christy-Mathewson Do you know this pitcher who racked up 2,502 strikeouts in his career?
Walter Johnson
John McGraw
Christy Mathewson
Christy Mathewson spent most of his 17-year career as a pitcher for the New York Giants. While playing in New York, Mathewson won the 1905 World Series by defeating the Philadelphia Athletics in five games. Mathewson was the starting pitcher for three of those five games.
Sandy Koufax

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Carl-Hubbell Name this pitcher who spent his entire career with the New York Giants?
Lefty Grove
Bill Terry
Carl Hubbell
It took Carl Hubbell two innings during the 1934 All-Star Game to establish himself as a legend on the mound. During those two innings, Hubbell struck out five Hall of Fame sluggers: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.
Dizzy Dean

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Charlie-Radbourn How well do you know this Triple Crown winner from the 19th century, nicknamed "Old Hoss"?
Charles Radbourn
Charles Radbourn had the greatest season of his career and one of the greatest seasons of all time in 1884, when he won 60 games, leading the MLB in wins for the year. He was also the ERA leader and strikeout leader, earning him the Triple Crown for the season.
Eddie Plank
Will White
Christy Mathewson

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Rogers-hornby A two time NL MVP, what's the name of this second baseman who knocked in 301 home runs in his career?
Rogers Hornsby
Rogers Hornsby won the only World Series championship of his career in 1926, with the St. Louis Cardinals. That season, his team, which he also managed, defeated a loaded New York Yankees squad in seven games.
Ty Cobb
Stan Musial
Jimmie Foxx

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George-Sisler You might recognize this Hall of Famer for winning two AL batting championships in the '20s. Who is he?
Tris Speaker
Al Simmons
Heinie Manush
George Sisler
Recording a batting average over .400 for a season is rare for any player, but George Sisler, also known as "Gorgeous George," was able to do it twice in his career. The second time he accomplished the feat, in 1922, Sisler was named the AL MVP.

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Willie-Keeler Do you recognize this player, one of the greatest hitters during the early years of the game?
George Sisler
Willie Keeler
Willie Keeler played in an era when home runs were extremely rare, and he only finished with 33 of them. However, his ability to make contact with the ball was unmatched, recording 2,932 hits with a .341 batting average.
John McGraw
Nap Lajoie

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Buck-Ewing Can you identify this catcher who also served as a manger during the latter years of his career?
Bill Terry
Mickey Cochrane
Bill Dickey
Buck Ewing
Buck Ewing played every year of his career in the 19th century, finally retiring in 1897. He continued to serve as a manager for the Cincinnati Reds and later the New York Giants until the turn of the century, leaving the game after the 1900 season.

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