No Hall of Famers on World Series winners

I thought it would be interesting to go back through the years and see how many teams have won the World Series without a Hall of Fame player (managers are not under consideration). The most recent team to win with a HOFer was the 1996 Yankees with Wade Boggs, but that will change very soon with Pedro Martinez (2004 Red Sox) likely going in next year. Prior to the 1997 Marlins, you have to go back to 1988 to find a Famerless team (though Don Sutton did play part of the year in LA). Two other teams in the 80s accomplished the feat (1984 Tigers and 1981 Dodgers); as far as I can determine no older team won without at least one Hall of Famer on the roster.

Below are the Famerless World Series winners. Player names in italics are potential future Famers in my opinion. While the Giants and Red Sox and even the ’08 Phillies have a few that could one day be considered Cooperstown worthy, it is doubtful anyone from the 2002 Angels squad will be enshrined.

Of course, the Dodgers had Tom Lasorda and the Tigers had Sparky Anderson leading them to the promised land, so even without any future Famers in the field, the teams had brilliant minds in the dugout.

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Posted on June 3, 2014, in baseball and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This was a fascinating article! I enjoyed reading it.

    For the more recent teams, a problem becomes trying to project the careers of younger players. I think, for instance, that there’s a really good chance that Buster Posey from the ’10 and ’12 Giants makes the Hall, but this is only his fifth full season in the majors, so who knows? Same with Jon Lester and Dustin Pedroia from last year’s Sox and Cole Hamels from the ’08 Phils — the first halves of their careers look good, but who knows?

    The ’97 Marlins seem to me to raise the question of how you treat players with connections to PEDs. Simply on stats, both Gary Sheffield and Kevin Brown are really, really hard to argue with — but the voters tossed Brown almost immediately, and I don’t know how they’ll treat Sheffield when he comes up this year.

    I’m hoping a future Vet committee puts Trammell in — I don’t understand how he was so underrated! I think the best hope for the ’81 and ’88 Dodgers is actually Mike Scioscia — though of course, it would be as a manager! And he then would also be the only connection the ’02 Angels would have to the HoF, since that’s a really odd roster, as you pointed out.

    Thomas was out with a foot injury for the ’05 postseason, but did throw out one of the first pitches. I thought it was really classy of the club.

    Thanks again! I enjoyed going back and looking at all of those rosters 😀

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