Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hall of Fame Solo Shots

Hall of Famers from the free-agent era to play with just one franchise.

Hall of Fame Solo Shots

Mike Schmidt sounded skeptical about the ruling over Ryan Braun´s recent successful appeal. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Mike Schmidt sounded skeptical about the ruling over Ryan Braun's recent successful appeal. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Over the weekend, Barry Larkin became the 13th member elected to baseball's Hall of Fame to have played in the free-agent era (since 1976) and appear for just one franchise:


Brooks Robinson    Orioles 1983 1955 1977
Willie Stargell Pirates 1988 1962 1982
Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox   1989 1961 1983
Johnny Bench Reds 1989 1967 1983
Jim Palmer Orioles 1990 1965 1984
Mike Schmidt Phillies 1995 1972 1989
Jim Rice Red Sox 2009  1974 1989
George Brett Royals 1999 1973 1993
Robin Yount Brewers 1999 1974 1993
Kirby Puckett Twins 2001 1984 1995
Cal Ripken Orioles 2007 1981 2001
Tony Gwynn Padres 2007 1982 2001
Barry Larkin Reds 2012 1986 2004
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