​​​​​​​​​​LEFTHANDED BASEBALL

The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Of the 172 position players in the Hall of Fame, 71 of them are lefthanded batters

You can see them listed below, broken down by position.

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Of the 17 catchers in the Hall of Fame, 4 of them are lefthanded batters.  Of course, none of them throw lefthanded, as there are no lefthanded catchers in baseball.  These 4 lefthanded batting catchers are Yogi Berra, Mickey Cochrane, Bill Dickey, & Louis Santop.

Of the 20 second-basemen in the Hall of Fame, 5 of them are lefthanded batters.  Of course, none of them throw lefthanded, as there are no lefthanded second-basemen in baseball.  These 5 lefthanded batting second-basemen are Eddie Collins, Johnny Evers, Nellie Fox, Charlie Gehringer & Joe Morgan.

Of the 23 shortstops in the Hall of Fame, 4 of them are lefthanded batters.  Of course, none of them throw lefthanded, as there are no lefthanded shortstops in baseball.  These 4 lefthanded batting shortstops are Pop Lloyd, Joe Sewell, Arky Vaughan & John Ward.

Of the 16 third-basemen in the Hall of Fame, 6 of them are lefthanded batters.  Of course, none of them throw lefthanded, as there are no lefthanded third-basemen in baseball.  These 6 lefthanded batting third-basemen are Frank “Home Run” Baker, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Eddie Matthews, Deacon White & Jud Wilson.

Randy Johnson
Inducted 2015

Ken Griffey Jr.
Inducted 2016

The Baseball Hall of Fame includes most of the greatest baseball players of all-time, as chosen by veteran members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.  

Of the 77 pitchers in the Hall of Fame, 17 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, Sandy Koufax, Rube Marquard, Hal Newhouser, Herb Pennock, Eddie Plank, Eppa Rixey, Warren Spahn, and Rube Waddell.

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​Lefthanders in the Baseball Hall of Fame

​​Of the 24 first-basemen in the Hall of Fame, 12 of them are lefthanded batters.  These 12 lefthanded batting first-basemen are Jake Beckley, Jim Bottomley, Dan Brouthers, Rod Carew, Roger Connor, Lou Gehrig, Buck Leonard, Willie McCovey, Johnny Mize, George Sisler, Ben Taylor, and Bill Terry. Out of these 12 lefthanded batting first-basemen in the Hall of Fame, only 5 of them also throw lefthanded.

Of the 72 outfielders in the Hall of Fame, 40 of them are lefthanded batters.  These 40 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, Mel Ott, Sam Rice, Edd Roush, Babe Ruth, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Tris Speaker, Willie Stargell, Turkey Stearnes, Sam Thompson, Cristobal Torriente, Lloyd Waner, Paul Waner, Zack Wheat, Billy Williams, Ted Williams, Ross Youngs, and Carl Yastrzemski.  Out of these 40 lefthanded batting outfielders in the Hall of Fame, only 12 of them also throw lefthanded.

Jim Thome
Inducted 2018