Forget it sports fans, the 1990s was not the best decade for shortstops. The likes of A-Rod, Jeter, Nomar and Tejada were exciting but the World War II era had plenty more stars at the position. An aging Dick Bartell was still hollerin’ right along but a group of younger guys was just getting started. In New York the Dodgers had a kid from Kentucky named Pee Wee Reese and the Yankees had the little Phil Rizzuto. Both have made their way to the Hall of Fame, as have the fearless team leader, boy wonder Lou Boudreau of Cleveland and the wizard with more aches and pains than anyone, Luke Appling of Chicago.
Snubbed by the Hall of Fame are some great shortstops too. Washington had Cecil Travis who was tied with Honus Wagner as the best hitters for average at the shortstop position until Travis lost three and a half years to service during the war. Vern Stephens was the first real power threat that the position had; a precursor to guys of the 1990s. The Red Sox had the hit machine Johnny Pesky, who also lost three years to the war. Eddie Joost of the A’s was an on-base percentage stud and a member of the most underrated defensive infield of all-time. Marty Marion, the Octopus, had immense range and seemed to gobble up everything hit his direction.
The following poll asks you who was the best shortstop of the 1940s. Cast your vote for a favored Hall of Famer or give one to the neglected guys left out of Cooperstown.