The rugged and durable Johnny Bench was a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner and is best remembered as a leader of Cincinnati's Big Red Machine team during the 1970s, when he helped the Reds to four National League pennants and a pair of World Series titles.
Rod Carew was a career .328 hitter who dominated his way to Cooperstown. "He has no weakness as a hitter," Catfish Hunter said. "Anything you throw he can handle."
When he retired after the 1963 season, Musial had an NL record 3,630 hits - 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road - and a . 331 batting average. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969 on his first appearance on the Baseball Writers Association of America ballot, garnering 93.2 percent of the vote.
Nolan Ryan’s career began with the New York Mets in the 1960s, when he helped the "Miracle" squad to win the 1969 World Series. He moved on to the California Angels in 1972 and eventually finished his Hall of Fame career with 324 wins, the all-time records for no-hitters (seven) and strikeouts (5,714).
The 6-foot-5 right-hander has been one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball since debuting with the Detroit Tigers in 2005. Verlander won his first World Series ring with the Houston Astros in 2017 and has a pair of Cy Young Awards (2011, 2019). He's thrown three no-hitters, has more than 3,000 strikeouts and, as of 2019, has been elected to eight All-Star Games. Verlander was the Tigers' first-round pick in 2004 and spent just one season in the Minors, pitching for Lakeland and Erie in 2005.
Derek Jeter was a near-unanimous selection to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2020 after a career that saw the Yankees' captain amass five World Series championships, a World Series MVP award, 14 All-Star appearances, five Gold Gloves and five Silver Slugger awards. Jeter, who established himself as one of the greatest and most popular shortstops in Major League history, was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1996 after the Yankees selected him in the first round of the 1992 Draft. "Mr. November" finished his career with 3,465 hits and currently serves as a co-owner and the CEO of the Miami Marlins.
Eddie Murray was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 after a long career with the Orioles, Dodges, Mets, Indians and Angels. An eight-time All-Star, Murray set a record with 128 career sacrifice flys and finished in the top-five of his league's MVP Award voting six times, including runner-up finishes in 1982 and 1983. He is MLB's all-time leader among switch-hitters in RBI (1,917) and intentional walks (222).
When Mike Moore took over leadership of Minor League Baseball as the 10th president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues (NAPBL), he hit the ground running -- and then some. On his first day in office, he took the first step toward a major makeover of the leadership of Minor League Baseball. It was a step that many feel is the most important change to the organization since it was formed in 1901.
Frank Thomas was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014 with 83.7 percent of the vote in his initial year of eligibility, and was inducted as a member of the White Sox on July 27, 2014. He was the first player inducted into the Hall of Fame who played more games as a designated hitter than as a position player.