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MLB: Best players to only represent one team

Here we look at the best players in Major League Baseball to only represent one team throughout their career.

Ted Williams (Boston Red Sox)

Ted Williams played his entire 19-year career with the Boston Red Sox and is considered one of the best players in Boston Sports History. 

As well as a legendary baseball player, Williams served in the US Military for three years during the second World War, so he missed some key time to produce in the baseball arena. 

Despite those years of absence, Williams reached base 4,675 times, with nearly 3,000 career hits. 

He has the highest career on-base percentage of any player all-time at .482 and won the triple crown twice, while he’s still the only player to hit .400 for a qualified season, hitting .406 in 1941.

Williams also led MLB in batting average six times, however he never won a World Series with the Red Sox despite all of his success and he played his 19th and final season in 1960. 

The Boston Red Sox are +3000 to win the 2023 World Series.  

Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees) 

Henry Louis Gehrig is a legend to New York Yankees fans after committing 17 years to the team.

Gehrig won two MVP awards and accumulated a .340 batting average, while he was a seven-time All-Star from 1933-1939 and a six-time World Champion with the all-conquering Yankee side. 

Known as “The Iron Horse", he also won the triple crown in 1934 and was also the American League batting champion. 

He also played in 2,130 consecutive games which was a record until Cal Ripken Jr broke it in 1995. 

His last appearance came in 1939 and he was entered into the Hall of Fame by special election later that year. 

Sadly, two years later, Gehrig had passed away following illness that had brought a premature end to his career. 

The New York Yankees are +800 to win the World Series in 2023. 

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Walter Johnson (Washington Senators) 

Walter Johnson spent 21 years with the Washington Senators and he ranks second for all time in Wins over Replacement (WAR) to Babe Ruth and leads the way for players who played their entire career with only one team. 

Johnson was an excellent right-handed pitcher who threw almost side-arm. 

He had the most career complete-game shutouts in baseball history (110) which is 20 more than any other player of all-time. 

“Barney” won the MVP twice, he also won the 1924 World Series with the Senators and has an overall record of 417-279 in 802 career games, 666 of which were starts. 

After retiring in 1927, Johnson embarked on a career in management and, having earned some experience in the minor leagues, he took charge of the Senators in 1929 and spent three years in that role.

Mickey Mantle (New York Yankees)  

Mantle was a centre-fielder for much of his career with the New York Yankees as well as first base and played for the pinstripes from 1951-1968. 

He won the World Series with the Yankees on seven occasions and was named MVP three times. 

"The Commerce Comet" hit 536 home runs and won the batting triple crown in 1956.

At a young age he learned how to switch-hit, which made it much easier for him to hit left and right-handed pitchers. 

He retired in the spring at the age of 37 years old after dealing with leg and knee injuries throughout his career. 

Mike Schmidt (Philadelphia Phillies)

Schmidt played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1972 to 1989, he became a 12 time All-Star and won three MVP awards and 10 Gold Glove awards at third base whilst hitting 548 home runs. 

Schmidt’s first MVP award came in 1980 when he also captured one of his eight National League home run titles as he helped the Phillies to the 1980 World Series title, while he also won the World Series MVP. 

It was the only time the Phillies won the World Series during Schmidt’s time at Philadlephia, although he had personal success, there was a general perception that the Phillies team should have won more, still, it didn’t overwhelmingly impact his career, for much of it he was stellar before retiring in May 1989. 

The Philadelphia Phillies are +1600 to win the World Series.  

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