Special Report

20 Teams With the Most Hall of Famers

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14. San Francisco Giants (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 25
> League: MLB
> Notable players: Willie Mays, Mel Ott
> First season: 1883

Of the 25 Giants Hall of Fame inductees, 20 primarily played for the team while it was still in New York, before it moved out west in 1957. Only Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Gaylord Perry have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame as San Francisco Giants. Though the Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, the team had a more than 50-year long championship drought after leaving New York. Barry Bonds, arguably the franchise’s greatest player in history, could miss out on the Hall of Fame because of his steroid controversy.

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14. Golden State Warriors (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 25
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Wilt Chamberlain, Rick Barry
> First season: 1946

The Golden State Warriors may be at the tail end of one of the most dominant runs in NBA history, appearing in five straight Finals, winning three. This wasn’t the first time the team has been loaded with talent. The team won two championships in 1947 and 1956, when it was still located in Philadelphia and produced multiple Hall of Famers from the earliest days of the NBA. Players like Wilt Chamberlain and Rick Barry led the Warriors to dominance in the 1960s and 1970s. Twenty-five Warriors have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, and others, like Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, will likely join them after their careers end.

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14. Atlanta Hawks (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 25
> 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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13. Green Bay Packers
> Total Hall of Fame players: 26
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Brett Favre, Bart Starr
> First season: 1921

The Green Bay Packers are the most successful franchises in NFL history, winning 13 championships, dating back to 1929 and the pre-Super Bowl era. Many Packers Hall of Famers revolutionized the game of football, including team founder Curly Lambeau and coach Vince Lombardi, for whom the Super Bowl trophy is named. Over a dozen all-time great players suited up in Green Bay and helped the Packers win championships, including Don Hutson, Paul Hornung, and Reggie White.

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11. New York Yankees (tied)
> Total Hall of Fame players: 28
> League: MLB
> Notable players: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle
> First season: 1903

With 27 World Series pennants, the New York Yankees are not only the most successful MLB franchise, but also arguably the greatest organization in American pro sports. Past Yankees like Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, and Mickey Mantle are some of the most storied athletes in sports history. After closer Mariano Rivera became the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection in baseball history in 2019, Derek Jeter was named a Hall of Famer on 396 out of 397 ballots in 2020.