Players who have a good season often make the All-Star game and earn a higher paying contract. Those who can sustain a high level of play over the course of an entire career, however, are awarded the highest honor an athlete can receive — induction to the sport’s Hall of Fame.
Any team can get lucky and land an occasional future Hall of Fame player — either by drafting well or signing a known star in free agency. But the most successful franchises consistently draft talented players and develop them into superstars.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed the Hall of Fame inductees for the four major U.S. sports leagues — the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL — to determine the teams with the most Hall of Fame players.
In order to get to the Hall of Fame, players need natural talent, hard work, and enough luck to avoid injury. Throughout sports history, there have been dozens of players who looked like surefire superstars until an unfortunate injury robbed them of their potential. These are the greatest athletes sidelined by brutal injury.
Each sport’s hall of fame classifies players differently. The Hockey Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame list players with all the teams they ever played for, while Hall of Fame baseball players are only associated with one team. When separating Hall of Famers by franchise, the Pro Football Hall of Fame breaks up inductees into whether they were major or minor contributors to a franchise, based on their tenure and success with a given team. Only major contributors were considered for this article. Many of the Hall of Famers on this list played for teams that no longer exist. Inductees who contributed to past franchises that have since moved or changed names are listed as members of the current team as it now exists. These are the greatest teams that disappeared.