Special Report

Teams With the Most Hall of Famers

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20. St. Louis Cardinals (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 20
> League: MLB
> Notable players: Stan Musial, Bob Gibson
> First season:

The St. Louis Cardinals became one of just three MLB teams with 20 representatives in the Hall of Fame in 2020, when 1970s catcher Ted Simmons was voted in by the Veteran’s Committee. St. Louis trails only the Yankees in terms of World Series wins, with 11. The Cardinals have been home to some of baseball’s greatest players of all time, like Stan Musial, Bob Gibson, and Rogers Hornsby. Three-time MVP Albert Pujols will surely join their ranks once his career comes to a close.

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20. Washington Football Team (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 20
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Darrell Green, Art Monk
> First season: 1932

The newly renamed Washington Football Team won five championships, two before the AFL-NFL merger and then three Super Bowls in a 10 year span. Typically, runs like these are linked to a quarterback, like Terry Bradshaw or Tom Brady, but Washington’s three Super Bowl wins came with three different quarterbacks. Those teams owe much of their success to Hall of Famers like wide receiver Art Monk, lineman Russ Grimm, and head coach Joe Gibbs.

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19. Pittsburgh Steelers
> Total Hall of Fame players: 23
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Joe Greene, Mike Webster
> First season: 1933

With six Super Bowl wins, the Pittsburgh Steelers are one of the most successful teams in the modern NFL. Much of the Steelers’ success was in the early 1970s. Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris led the offense, and Jack Lambert and “Mean” Joe Greene led the defense, helping the team win four Super Bowls in six seasons.

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17. Detroit Pistons (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 24
> 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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17. St. Louis Blues (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 24
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Brett Hull, Al MacInnis
> First season: 1967

None of the 22 Hall of Fame players in Blues history could ever bring the Stanley Cup to St. Louis. The franchise won its first-ever Cup in 2019, despite having a wealth of talented players in its history. The Blues lost in the Stanley Cup finals each of their first three seasons. St. Louis was home to Hall of Fame players like Bernie Federko and Brett Hull.

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