All Decade All-Star Teams 1876 - 2009

All Time Greats

by Bruce Grossberg
edited by Steve Orinick

Top Players / Best Teams

Using Bill James' total win shares for each player in each decade, I put together first, second and third team all-star teams for each decade. The only subjectivity involved here is when there's a player who played a significant amount of time at more than one position or a player who split time in a decade fairly evenly between two different leagues. In that case I have to decide which position to place certain players at, or which league to place them in. Other than that, the teams are entirely objective based solely on total win shares accumulated by each player in each decade.

Note that Babe Ruth made first team in the teens and 20s and second team in the 30s, each time at a different position.

Explanation of Win Shares

1876 - 1879
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team

C - Deacon White - John Clapp - Lew Brown
1B - Cal McVey - Joe Start - John Morrill
2B - Jack Burdock - Ross Barnes - Joe Gerhardt
3B - Cap Anson - Bob Ferguson - King Kelly
SS - George Wright - John Peters - Ezra Sutton
LF - Charley Jones - Tom York - Andy Leonard
CF - Paul Hines - Lip Pike - Jack Remsen
RF - Jim O'Rourke - Jack Manning - Orator Shaffer
P - Tommy Bond - Terry Larkin - Monte Ward
P - Jim Devlin - George Bradley - Will White

1880 - 1889
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Buck Ewing - Charlie Bennett - Jack Rowe
1B - Roger Connor - Dan Brouthers - Cap Anson
2B - Hardy Richardson - Fred Dunlap - Bid McPhee
3B - Ned Williamson - Ezra Sutton - Arlie Latham
SS - Jack Glasscock - Monte Ward - Tom Burns
LF - Harry Stovey - Tip O'Neill - George Wood/Abner Daltrymple (tie)
CF - George Gore - Paul Hines - Pete Browning
RF - King Kelly - Jim O'Rourke - Chicken Wolf
P - Tim Keefe - Pud Galvin - Jim Whitney
P - Old Hoss Radbourne - Jim McCormick - Bob Caruthers
P - Mickey Welch - Tony "Count" Mullane - John Clarkson

1890 - 1899
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Duke Farrell - Deacon McGuire - Chief Zimmer
1B - Jake Beckley - Dan Brouthers - Roger Connor
2B - Cupid Childs - Bid McPhee - Bobby Lowe
3B - George Davis - John McGraw - Bill Joyce
SS - Bill Dahlen - Herman Long - Hughie Jennings
LF - Ed Delahanty - Jesse Burkett - Joe Kelley
CF - Billy Hamilton - George Van Haltren - Mike Griffin
RF - Hugh Duffy - Mike Tiernan - Jimmy Ryan
P - Kid Nichols - Jack Stivetts - Frank Dwyer
P - Cy Young - Bill Hutchison - Nig Cuppy
P - Amos Rusie - Ted Breitenstein - Pink Hawley

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1900 - 1909
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Roger Bresnahan - Johnny Kling - Pat Moran
1B - Frank Chance - Fred Tenney - Dan McGann
2B - Claude Ritchey - Johnny Evers - Miller Huggins
3B - Tommy Leach - Harry Steinfeldt - Art Devlin
SS - Honus Wagner - Bill Dahlen - Joe Tinker
LF - Fred Clarke - Jimmy Sheckard - Jimmy Slagle
CF - Roy Thomas - Ginger Beaumont - Cy Seymour
RF - Mike Donlin - John Titus - George Browne
P - Christy Mathewson - Three Finger Brown - Jack Taylor
P - Joe McGinnity - Sam Leever - Bob Ewing
P - Vic Willis - Deacon Phillippe - Noodles Hahn

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1901 - 1909
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Ossee Schreckengost - Lou Criger - Billy Sullivan
1B - Harry Davis - Piano Legs Hickman - John Anderson
2B - Nap Lajoie - Jimmy Williams - Danny Murphy
3B - Bill Bradley - Jimmy Collins - Wid Conroy
SS - Bobby Wallace - George Davis - Freddy Parent
LF - Topsy Hartsell - Patsy Dougherty - George Stone
CF - Sam Crawford - Fielder Jones - Chick Stahl
RF - Elmer Flick - Willie Keeler - Socks Seybold
P - Cy Young - Jack Chesbro - Addie Joss
P - Rube Waddell - Doc White - George Mullin
P - Eddie Plank - Jack Powell - Bill Dineen

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1910 - 1919
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Chief Meyers - Art Wilson - Bill Rariden
1B - Ed Konetchy - Jake Daubert - Fred Merkle
2B - Larry Doyle - Johnny Evers - Miller Huggins/George Cutshaw (tie)
3B - Heinie Zimmerman - Heinie Groh - Red Smith
SS - Art Fletcher - Honus Wagner - Buck Herzog
LF - Zack Wheat - Sherry Magee - George Burns
CF - Dode Paskert - Max Carey - Benny Kauff
RF - Gavvy Cravath - Wildfire Schulte - Chief Wilson
P - Grover Cleveland Alexander - Claude Hendrix - Rube Marquard
P - Hippo Vaughn - Christy Mathewson - Lefty Tyler
P - Slim Sallee - Babe Adams - Dick Rudolph

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1910 - 1919
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Ray Schalk - Wally Schang - Steve O'Neill
1B - Stuffy McInnis - Chick Gandil - Hal Chase
2B - Eddie Collins - Del Pratt - Nap Lajoie
3B - Home Run Baker - Larry Gardner - Eddie Foster
SS - Donie Bush - Ray Chapman - Buck Weaver
LF - Joe Jackson - Duffy Lewis - Bobby Veach
CF - Ty Cobb - Tris Speaker - Burt Shotton
RF - Harry Hooper - Sam Crawford - Amos Strunk
P - Walter Johnson - Smokey Joe Wood - Dutch Leonard
P - Ed Cicotte - Eddie Plank - Ed Walsh
P - Babe Ruth - Ray Caldwell - Hooks Dauss

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1920 - 1929
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team

C - Bob O'Farrell - Gabby Hartnett - Bubble Hargrave
1B - George Kelly - Jim Bottomley - Jack Fournier
2B - Rogers Hornsby - Frankie Frisch - George Grantham
3B - Pie Traynor - Andy High - Jimmy Johnston
SS - Dave Bancroft - Travis Jackson - Rabbit Maranville
LF - Zack Wheat - Kiki Cuyler - Irish Meusel
CF - Ed Roush - Max Carey - Hack Wilson
RF - Ross Youngs - Cy Williams - Curt Walker
P - Grover Cleveland Alexander - Dolph Luque - Jesse Haines
P - Burleigh Grimes - Dazzy Vance - Bill Sherdel
P - Eppa Rixey - Wilbur Cooper - Lee Meadows

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1920 - 1929
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Wally Schang - Muddy Ruel - Mickey Cochrane
1B - Joe Judge - George Sisler - Lou Gehrig
2B - Eddie Collins - Marty McManus - Bucky Harris
3B - Jimmy Dykes - Willie Kamm - Joe Dugan
SS - Joe Sewell - Roger Peckinpaugh - Wally Gerber
LF - Babe Ruth - Goose Goslin - Ken Williams
CF - Tris Speaker - Ty Cobb - Al Simmons
RF - Harry Heilmann - Sam Rice - Bob Meusel
P - Urban Shocker - Herb Pennock - Sad Sam Jones
P - Eddie Rommel - Waite Hoyt - Jack Quinn
P - Red Faber - George Uhle - Stan Coveleski

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1930 - 1939
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Gabby Hartnett - Ernie Lombardi - Spud Davis/Gus Mancuso (tie)
1B - Bill Terry - Gus Suhr - Rip Collins
2B - Billy Herman - Tony Cuccinello - Frankie Frisch
3B - Stan Hack - Pepper Martin - Pinky Whitney
SS - Arky Vaughan - Dick Bartell - Woody English
LF - Joe Medwick - Chuck Klein - Jo-Jo Moore
CF - Wally Berger - Lloyd Waner - Kiki Cuyler
RF - Mel Ott - Paul Waner - Babe Herman
P - Carl Hubbell - Lon Warneke - Charlie Root
P - Dizzy Dean - Paul Derringer - Freddie Fitzsimmons
P - Larry French - Ed Brandt - Hal Schumacher

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1930 - 1939
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Bill Dickey - Mickey Cochrane - Rick Ferrell
1B - Lou Gehrig - Jimmie Foxx - Hank Greenberg
2B - Charlie Gehringer - Buddy Myer - Tony Lazzeri
3B - Red Rolfe - Harlond Clift - Pinky Higgins
SS - Joe Cronin - Luke Appling - Billy Rogell
LF - Al Simmons - Goose Goslin - Indian Bob Johnson
CF - Earl Averill - Sammy West - Joe DiMaggio
RF - Ben Chapman - Babe Ruth - John Stone
P - Lefty Grove - Mel Harder - Ted Lyons
P - Red Ruffing - Lefty Gomez - Bump Hadley
P - Wes Ferrell - Tommy Bridges - Earl Whitehill

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1940 - 1949
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Walker Cooper - Ernie Lombardi - Phil Masi
1B - Johnny Mize - Phil Cavaretta - Frank McCormick
2B - Eddie Stanky - Lonnie Frey - Billy Herman
3B - Bob Elliott - Stan Hack - Whitey Kurowski
SS - Marty Marion - Pee Wee Reese - Eddie Miller
LF - Stan Musial - Enos Slaughter - Augie Galan
CF - Tommy Holmes - Johnny Hopp - Pete Reiser
RF - Dixie Walker - Bill Nicholson - Mel Ott
P - Bucky Walters - Rip Sewell - Johnny Vander Meer
P - Mort Cooper - Claude Passeau - Hank Borowy
P - Harry Brecheen - Kirby Higbe - Jim Tobin

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1940 - 1949
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Frankie Hayes - Buddy Rosar - Bill Dickey
1B - Rudy York - George McQuinn - Mickey Vernon
2B - Bobby Doerr - Joe Gordon - Snuffy Stirnweiss
3B - Ken Keltner - Johnny Pesky - George Kell
SS - Lou Boudreau - Luke Appling - Vern Stephens
LF - Ted Williams - Charlie Keller - Jeff Heath
CF - Joe DiMaggio - Stan Spence - Dom DiMaggio
RF - Roy Cullenbine - Tommy Henrich - Wally Moses
P - Hal Newhouser - Dutch Leonard - Tex Hughson
P - Dizzy Trout - Tiny Bonham - Spud Chandler
P - Bob Feller - Bobo Newsom - Nels Potter

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1950 - 1959
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Roy Campanella - Del Crandall - Smokey Burgess
1B - Gil Hodges - Ted Kluszewski - Joe Adcock
2B - Red Schoendienst - Jackie Robinson - Junior Gilliam
3B - Eddie Mathews - Puddin' Head Jones - Hank Thompson
SS - Alvin Dark - Ernie Banks - Johnny Logan
LF - Stan Musial - Del Ennis - Ralph Kiner/Hank Sauer (tie)
CF - Duke Snider - Richie Ashburn - Willie Mays
RF - Hank Aaron - Gus Bell - Carl Furillo
P - Warren Spahn - Bob Rush - Lew Burdette
P - Robin Roberts - Johnny Antonelli - Murray Dickson
P - Don Newcombe - Sal Maglie - Curt Simmons/Harvey Haddix (tie)
RP - Hoyt Wilhelm - Clem Labine - Roy Face

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1950 - 1959
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Yogi Berra - Sherm Lollar - Jim Hegan
1B - Mickey Vernon - Earl Torgeson - Ferris Fain
2B - Nellie Fox - Bobby Avila - Pete Runnels
3B - Eddie Yost - Al Rosen - Billy Goodman
SS - Gil McDougald - Ray Boone - Harvey Kuenn
LF - Minnie Minoso - Ted Williams - Gene Woodling
CF - Mickey Mantle - Larry Doby - Irv Noren
RF - Jackie Jensen - Vic Wertz - Al Kaline
P - Early Wynn - Mike Garcia - Bobby Shantz
P - Billy Pierce - Whitey Ford - Frank Sullivan
P - Bob Lemon - Ned Garver - Virgil Trucks
RP - Ellis Kinder - Gerry Staley - Allie Reynolds

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1960 - 1969
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Joe Torre - Tom Haller - John Roseboro
1B - Willie McCovey - Orlando Cepada - Bill White
2B - Pete Rose - Bill Mazeroski - Tony Taylor
3B - Ron Santo - Eddie Mathews - Richie Allen
SS - Maury Wills - Dick Groat - Leo Cardenas
LF - Frank Robinson - Billy Williams - Lou Brock
CF - Willie Mays - Vada Pinson - Curt Flood
RF - Hank Aaron - Roberto Clemente - Johnny Callison
P - Juan Marichal - Sandy Koufax - Claude Osteen
P - Bob Gibson - Larry Jackson - Chris Short
P - Don Drysdale - Jim Maloney - Gaylord Perry
RP - Ron Perranoski - Lindy McDaniel - Roy Face

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1960 - 1969
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Bill Freehan - Elston Howard - Earl Battey
1B - Harmon Killebrew - Norm Cash - Boog Powell
2B - Dick McAuliffe - Jerry Lumpe - Bobby Richardson
3B - Brooks Robinson - Clete Boyer - Pete Ward
SS - Jim Fregosi - Luis Aparicio - Ron Hansen
LF - Carl Yastrzemski - Frank Howard - Rocky Colavito
CF - Mickey Mantle - Tom Tresh - Jimmie Hall
RF - Al Kaline - Bob Allison - Roger Maris
P - Jim Bunning - Whitey Ford - Camilo Pascual
P - Jim Kaat - Milt Pappas - Jim Perry
P - Dean Chance - Earl Wilson - Sam McDowell
RP - Hoyt Wilhelm - Stu Miller - Dick Hall

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1970 - 1979
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Johnny Bench - Ted Simmons - Manny Sanguillen
1B - Willie Stargell - Tony Perez - Bob Watson
2B - Joe Morgan - Davey Lopes - Dave Cash
3B - Mike Schmidt - Darrell Evans - Ron Cey
SS - Dave Concepcion - Chris Speier - Larry Bowa
LF - Pete Rose - Lou Brock - Greg Luzinski
CF - Cesar Cedeno - Al Oliver - Rick Monday
RF - Bobby Bonds - Reggie Smith - Dave Parker
P - Tom Seaver - Andy Messersmith - Tommy John
P - Phil Niekro - Jerry Koosman - Burt Hooton
P - Steve Carlton - Rick Reuschel - Dave Roberts
P - Don Sutton - Rick Wise - Steve Rogers
RP - Mike Marshall - Tug McGraw - Gene Garber

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1970 - 1979
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Thurman Munson - Gene Tenace - Carlton Fisk
1B - John Mayberry - George Scott - Chris Chambliss
2B - Rod Carew - Bobby Grich - Jorge Orta
3B - Graig Nettles - Sal Bando - George Brett
SS - Toby Harrah - Bert Campaneris - Fred Patek
LF - Carl Yastrzemski - Roy White - Joe Rudi
CF - Amos Otis - Bobby Murcer - Mickey Rivers
RF - Reggie Jackson - Ken Singleton - Jeff Burroughs
DH - Rusty Staub - Don Baylor - Hal McRae
P - Jim Palmer - Nolan Ryan - Wilbur Wood
P - Gaylord Perry - Luis Tiant - Mickey Lolich
P - Ferguson Jenkins - Catfish Hunter - Jim Kaat
P - Bert Blyleven - Vida Blue - Bill Lee
RP - Rollie Fingers - Sparky Lyle - John Hiller

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1980 - 1989
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Gary Carter - Terry Kennedy - Mike Scioscia
1B - Keith Hernandez - Darrell Evans - Leon Durham
2B - Ryne Sandberg - Steve Sax - Tommie Herr
3B - Mike Schmidt - Tim Wallach - Ken Oberkfell
SS - Ozzie Smith - Garry Templeton - Dickie Thon
LF - Tim Raines - Pedro Guerrero - Jose Cruz
CF - Dale Murphy - Andre Dawson - Brett Butler
RF - Jack Clark - Tony Gwynn - Darryl Strawberry
P - Fernando Valenzuela - John Tudor - Mario Soto
P - Bob Welch - Rick Sutcliffe - Dwight Gooden
P - Nolan Ryan - Rick Rhoden - Rick Reuschel
P - Orel Hershiser - Steve Carlton - Jerry Reuss
RP - Lee Smith - Jeff Reardon - Greg Minton

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1980 - 1989
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Lance Parrish - Carlton Fisk - Ernie Whitt
1B - Eddie Murray - Don Mattingly - Kent Hrbek
2B - Lou Whitaker - Willie Randolph - Frank White
3B - Wade Boggs - George Brett - Carney Lansford
SS - Robin Yount - Alan Trammell - Cal Ripken Jr.
LF - Rickey Henderson - Brian Downing - Jim Rice
CF - Willie Wilson - Chet Lemon - Lloyd Moseby
RF - Dwight Evans - Dave Winfield - Kirk Gibson
DH - Paul Molitor - Harold Baines - Reggie Jackson
P - Dave Stieb - Frank Viola - Floyd Bannister
P - Jack Morris - Doyle Alexander - Mike Witt
P - Bert Blyleven - Dennis Eckersley - Jim Clancy
P - Charlie Hough - Roger Clemens - Bret Saberhagen
RP - Dan Quisenberry - Dave Righetti - Bob Stanley

NATIONAL LEAGUE 1990 - 1999
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Mike Piazza - Darren Daulton - Benito Santiago
1B - Jeff Bagwell - Fred McGriff - Mark Grace
2B - Craig Biggio - Ryne Sandberg - Delino DeShields
3B - Matt Williams - Ken Caminitti - Bobby Bonilla
SS - Barry Larkin - Jay Bell - Tony Fernandez
LF - Barry Bonds - Gary Sheffield - Ron Gant
CF - Ray Lankford - Steve Finley - Marquis Grissom
RF - Tony Gwynn - Larry Walker - Sammy Sosa
P - Greg Maddux - Pedro Martinez - Dennis Martinez
P - Tom Glavine - Curt Schilling - Todd Stottlemyre
P - Kevin Brown - Andy Benes - Ramon Martinez
P - John Smoltz - Ken Hill - Jeff Fassero
RP - Trevor Hoffman - Doug Jones - Randy Myers

AMERICAN LEAGUE 1990 - 1999
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Ivan Rodriguez - Mickey Tettleton - Terry Steinbach
1B - Rafael Palmeiro - Mark McGwire - John Olerud
2B - Roberto Alomar - Chuck Knoblauch - Carlos Baerga
3B - Robin Ventura - Travis Fryman - Wade Boggs
SS - Cal Ripken Jr. - Omar Vizquel - Jon Valentin
LF - Albert Belle - Rickey Henderson - David Justice
CF - Ken Griffey Jr. - Bernie Williams - Brady Anderson
RF - Paul O'Neill - Juan Gonzalez - Jose Canseco
DH - Frank Thomas - Edgar Martinez - Paul Molitor
P - Roger Clemens - Kevin Appier - Jack McDowell
P - Randy Johnson - Mike Mussina - Kevin Tapani
P - David Cone - Scott Erickson - Jimmy Key
P - Chuck Finley - David Wells - Charles Nagy
RP - John Wetteland - Rick Aguilera - Jeff Montgomery

NATIONAL LEAGUE 2000 - 2009
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team

C - Jason Kendall - Paul Lo Duca - Mike Piazza
1B - Albert Pujols - Todd Helton - Derrek Lee
2B - Jeff Kent - Luis Castillo - Placido Polanco
3B - Chipper Jones - Scott Rolen - Aramis Ramirez
SS - Jimmy Rollins - Rafael Furcal - Orlando Cabrera
LF - Barry Bonds - Brian Giles - Alfonso Soriano
CF - Carlos Beltran - Jim Edmonds - Andruw Jones
RF - Lance Berkman - Bobby Abreu - Gary Sheffield
P - Randy Johnson - Curt Schilling - Brandon Webb
P - Roy Oswalt - Derek Lowe - Carlos Zambrano
P - Javier Vazquez - Greg Maddux - Jake Peavy
RP - Billy Wagner - John Smoltz - Trevor Hoffman

AMERICAN LEAGUE 2000 - 2009
First Team -- Second Team -- Third Team


C - Jorge Posada - Ivan Rodriguez - Joe Mauer
1B - Carlos Delgado - Jim Thome - Paul Konerko
2B - Brian Roberts - Orlando Hudson - Adam Kennedy
3B - Alex Rodriguez - Mike Lowell - Eric Chavez
SS - Derek Jeter - Miguel Tejada - Michael Young
LF - Manny Ramirez - Carlos Lee - Garret Anderson
CF - Johnny Damon - Mike Cameron - Randy Winn
RF - Ichiro Suzuki - Vlad Guererro - Magglio Ordonez
DH - Jason Giambi - David Ortiz - Frank Thomas
P - Roy Halladay - Tim Hudson - Pedro Martinez
P - Johan Santana - C.C. Sabathia - Andy Pettitte
P - Mark Buehrle - Barry Zito - Mike Mussina
RP - Mariano Rivera - Joe Nathan - Francisco Rodriguez

CAREER LEADERS NOT ON ANY DECADE TEAM
C - Darrell Porter
1B - Will Clark
2B - Kid Gleason
3B - Buddy Bell
SS - Julio Franco
LF - Heinie Manush
CF - Willie Davis
RF - Jim Wynn
DH - Chili Davis
P - Dave Foutz
P - Charlie Buffinton
P - Clark Griffith
P - Adonis Terry
RP - Goose Gossage

Explanation of Win Shares
Win shares is the name of the metric Bill James describes in his 2002 book Win Shares. It considers statistics for baseball players, in the context of their team and in a sabermetric way, and assigns a single number to each player for his contributions for the year. All pitching, hitting and defensive contributions by the player are taken into account. Statistics are adjusted for park, league and era.A win share represents one-third of a team win, by definition. If a team wins 80 games in a season, then its players will share 240 win shares. The formula for calculating win shares is complicated; it takes up pages 16–100 in the book. The general approach is to take the team's win shares (i.e., 3 times its number of wins), then divide them between offense and defense. On a team with equal offensive and defensive prowess, hitters receive 48% of the win shares and those win shares are allocated among the hitters based on runs created. An estimation is then made to decide what amount of the defensive credit goes to pitchers and what amount goes to fielders. Pitching contributions typically receive 35% (or 36%) of the win shares, defensive contributions receive 17% (or 16%) of the win shares. The pitching contributions are allocated among the pitchers based on runs prevented, the pitchers' analogue to runs created. Fielding contributions are allocated among the fielders based on a number of assumptions and a selection of traditional defensive statistics.In Major League Baseball, based on a 162-game schedule, a typical All-Star might amass 20 win shares in a season. More than 30 win shares (i.e. the player is directly responsible for 10 wins by his team) is indicative of MVP-level performance, and 40+ win shares represents an exceptional, historic season. For pitchers, Win Shares levels are typically lower—in fact, they often come close to mirroring actual wins. Win shares differs from other sabermetric player rating metrics such as Total player rating and VORP in that it is based on total team wins, not runs above average.

Top MiBL Teams of All Time / Hall of Fame Members

Page back / Back to top