Special Report

Teams With the Most Hall of Famers

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19. St. Louis Blues
> Total Hall of Fame players: 21
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Brett Hull, Al MacInnis
> First season: 1967

The St. Louis Blues are one of very few teams to boast a wide array of Hall of Fame players, though they have yet to win championship. The Blues lost in the Stanley Cup Finals each of their first three seasons and haven’t been back since. Despite the more than 50 year title drought, the Blues have been home to Hall of Fame players like Bernie Federko and Brett Hull.

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18. Pittsburgh Steelers
> Total Hall of Fame players: 21
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Joe Greene, Mike Webster
> First season: 1933

With six Super Bowl wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers are the most successful team in the modern NFL. The Steelers owe their success to their early 1970s. Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris led the offense, and Jack Lambert and “Mean” Joe Greene led the defense, earning the team four Super Bowl victories in six seasons.

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17. Detroit Pistons
> Total Hall of Fame players: 21
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars
> First season: 1948

The Detroit Pistons’ greatest teams often take on the gritty, blue collar attitude of the city itself. The “Bad Boy” Pistons won consecutive titles in 1989 and 1990, featuring Hall of Famers Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, and Isiah Thomas.

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16. Atlanta Hawks
> Total Hall of Fame players: 21
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Dominique Wilkins, Bob Pettit
> First season: 1949

Though recent versions of the Atlanta Hawks have struggled to find success, the franchise has a rich history. In the early days of the NBA, the Hawks — located in Milwaukee and then St. Louis — were perennial threats to win the NBA championship with players like Bob Pettit and Zelmo Beaty. Even though the Hawks have been in Atlanta for 50 years, most Hawks in the Hall of Fame are from the franchise’s first 20 seasons.

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15. New York Knicks
> Total Hall of Fame players: 24
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Walt Frazier, Patrick Ewing
> First season: 1946

At least one New York Knicks player from each decade was inducted to the Hall of Fame, starting with Harry Gallatin in the 1940s. During the Knicks heyday of the early 1970s, there were as many as six Hall of Fame players on the roster. Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe, and Willis Reed helped New York win its second NBA championship in four years.