Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Bob Gibson and Yogi Berra are some members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Some of the members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were inducted because of their prowess at specific elements of the game, including hitting, fielding and pitching; however, some of the players excelled at more than one aspect of the game.Continue Reading
George Herman Ruth became one of the most well-known baseball players of all time with the New York Yankees and earned the nickname Babe while smashing 714 home runs. With a .342 lifetime batting average, he was one of the game's best hitters for both power and average. What many people don't realize is that he was a Hall of Fame caliber pitcher as well. His career pitching record was 94 wins and 46 losses with an earned run average of 2.12. He did most of his pitching early in his career with the Boston Red Sox.
St. Louis Cardinal Stan Musial earned the nickname "The Man" during his 19-year career. One of the game's most consistent hitters, Musial carried a lifetime .331 batting average into the Hall of Fame. Fellow Cardinal Bob Gibson was a physically and mentally intimidating presence on the pitching mound. His 1968 season was so good that his 1.12 earned run average prompted the league to lower the pitching mound by five inches to give the batters a better chance.
Yogi Berra may have been better known for his quirky sayings, including "It ain't over 'til its over" and "You can observe a lot by watching," which earned him his nickname, but Lawrence Peter Berra set the bar of excellence for catchers in professional baseball.Learn more about Baseball