The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
Of the 19 catchers in the Hall of Fame, 4 of them are lefthanded batters. These 4 lefthanded batting catchers are Yogi Berra, Mickey Cochrane, Bill Dickey, & Louis Santop.
Of the 21 second-basemen in the Hall of Fame, 5 of them are lefthanded batters. These 5 lefthanded batting second-basemen are Eddie Collins, Johnny Evers, Nellie Fox, Charlie Gehringer & Joe Morgan.
Of the 26 shortstops in the Hall of Fame, 4 of them are lefthanded batters. These 4 lefthanded batting shortstops are Pop Lloyd, Joe Sewell, Arky Vaughan & John Ward.
Of the 17 third-basemen in the Hall of Fame, 6 of them are lefthanded batters. These 6 lefthanded batting third-basemen are Frank “Home Run” Baker, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Eddie Matthews, Deacon White & Jud Wilson.
Ken Griffey Jr.
Our Most Recent Lefthanded Hall of Famers
Of the 84 pitchers in the Hall of Fame, 18 of them are lefthanded pitchers.
Those 17 lefthanded pitchers are Steve Carlton, Andy Cooper, Whitey Ford, Bill Foster, Tom Glavine, Lefty Gomez, Lefty Grove, Carl Hubbell, Randy Johnson, Jim Kaat, Sandy Koufax, Rube Marquard, Hal Newhouser, Herb Pennock, Eddie Plank, Eppa Rixey, Warren Spahn, and Rube Waddell.
Of the 25 first-basemen in the Hall of Fame, 13 of them are lefthanded batters. These 13 lefthanded batting first-basemen are Jake Beckley, Jim Bottomley, Dan Brouthers, Rod Carew, Lou Gehrig, Buck Leonard, Willie McCovey, Johnny Mize, George Sisler, Ben Taylor, Bill Terry, and Jim Thome.Out of these 13 lefthanded batting first-basemen in the Hall of Fame, only 5 of them also throw lefthanded.
Of the 74 outfielders in the Hall of Fame, 42 of them are lefthanded batters. These 42 lefthanded batting outfielders are Richie Ashburn, Earl Averill, Lou Brock, Jesse Burkett, Oscar Charleston, Fred Clarke, Ty Cobb, Earle Combs, Larry Doby, Sam Crawford, Elmer Flick, Goose Goslin, Ken Griffey Jr, Tony Gwynn, Billy Hamilton, Pete Hill, Harry Hooper, Reggie Jackson, Willie Keeler, Chuck Klein, Heinie Manush, Stan Musial, Tony Oliva, Mel Ott, Sam Rice, Edd Roush, Babe Ruth, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Tris Speaker, Willie Stargell, Turkey Stearnes, Sam Thompson, Cristobal Torriente, Larry Walker, Lloyd Waner, Paul Waner, Zack Wheat, Billy Williams, Ted Williams, Ross Youngs, and Carl Yastrzemski. Out of these 42 lefthanded batting outfielders in the Hall of Fame, only 21 of them also throw lefthanded.
Of the 3 designated hitters in the Hall of Fame, 2 of them are lefthanded batters. David Ortiz was a lefthanded throwing first-baseman in the early part of his career, and Harold Baines was a lefthanded throwing outfielder in the early part of his, but the Hall of Fame considers designated hitter as the position they played most often.
Congratulations to David Ortiz, 2022 inductee to the Baseball Hall of Fame,
along with Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat (both stars of the 1960's and 1970's)