Special Report

Teams With the Most Hall of Famers

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11. San Francisco Giants
> Total Hall of Fame players: 24
> League: MLB
> Notable players: Willie Mays, Mel Ott

No MLB team, not even the Yankees, has more Hall of Famers than the San Francisco Giants — though most of the Giants in Cooperstown predate the franchise’s move from New York to California. Hall of Famers like Willie Mays and Mel Ott helped propel the New York Giants to championship seasons, but the Giants needed more than 50 years in San Francisco before they won their first World Series in California in 2010.

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10. Los Angeles Lakers
> Total Hall of Fame players: 27
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson

The Minneapolis Lakers won championships in five of their first six seasons and have been a force in the NBA ever since, winning 17 titles overall. The Lakers dynasties have been led by some of the greatest basketball players ever, including Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and others. Kobe Bryant became the most recent Laker to reach the Hall of Fame, when he posthumously headlined the Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2020 class.

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9. Chicago Bears
> Total Hall of Fame players: 28
> League: NFL
> Notable players: Mike Singletary, Walter Payton

No NFL team has more Hall of Famers than the Chicago Bears. Though the Bears have won just one Super Bowl, the franchise was dominant in the early days of the NFL, particularly the 1930s and 1940s. Link Lyman, Bronko Nagurski, and other Bears from that era are among the most revered players in football history. Two former players were inducted as members of the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame class — Jimbo Covert, the Bears’ left tackle from the 1980s, and Ed Sprinkle, an All-Pro end from the 1940s and 1950s.

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8. Ottawa Senators
> Total Hall of Fame players: 31
> League: NHL
> Notable players: Georges Boucher, King Clancy

Since forming in 1993, the Ottawa Senators have only had one Hall of Fame player, Dominik Hasek, on their roster. But before the 58-season hiatus, the Senators were the class of the NHL, winning four championships from 1920 to 1927. Those early Senators teams are responsible for almost all of the Ottawa Hall of Famers — including legends like Art Ross, King Clancy, and Georges Boucher.

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7. Boston Celtics
> Total Hall of Fame players: 37
> League: NBA
> Notable players: Larry Bird, Bill Russell

The Boston Celtics had the most dominant stretch in American pro sports history, winning 11 championships in 13 seasons, starting with the 1956-1957 season. That season, the Celtics had seven different Hall of Fame players on their roster, including Bob Cousy and Bill Russell. In total, Boston won 17 NBA titles and 37 of the team’s players have been voted into the Hall of Fame. Most recently, Paul Pierce joined Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in the Hall of Fame. Those “Big Three” players led the Celtics to their most recent title in 2008.

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