Got Rings?: The Greatest MLB players that have never won a World Series title
With the World Series taking place between the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals a long championship drought is about to end. Veterans like David Wright and Bartolo Colon could finally win their first World Series title. Lets take a look at some of the all time greats that were never able to win it all.
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Ted Williams has almost every honor imaginable with 19 All-Star appearances, 2 AL MVPs, 2 Triple Crowns and a Hall of Fame induction; however, the Red Sox great never captured a World Series title. He came awfully close in 1946 (his only appearance) but was unable to lead his team to victory in a decisive Game 7.
At the time of his retirement, Harmon Killebrew held the record for most career home runs by a right-handed hitter with 573. In his twenty-one year career Killebrew was an All-Star 13 times, he hit 40 home runs in eight seasons in a twelve-year span, and he won AL MVP in 1969. He came extremely close to winning it all in 1965 making it to the World Series while with the Twins, but fell to the Dodgers in 7 games.
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Juan Marichal spent 16 seasons pitching in the major leagues. During that span he had six 20-win seasons and a career total of 243 wins to go along with an ERA of 2.89. Marichal made 9 All-Star appearances including eight in a row from 1962 to 1969. He made 2 career postseason starts, one in the 1962 World Series and the other in the 1971 NLCS. In those two playoff starts he pitched a combined 12 innings, striking out 10 and only allowing 2 runs. The Giants would go on to lose both series’.
Regardless of the controversy surrounding his career, Barry Bonds put up some of the greatest numbers in MLB history. During his 22 year career he appeared in 14 All-Star games, won 7 MVP awards, and 8 consecutive Gold Glove awards. He is the all-time leader in career home runs (762), walks (2558), and intentional walks (688). Bonds came closest to winning a World Series in 2002 as a member of the San Francisco Giants, losing to the Anaheim Angels in 7 games.
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Recognized as one of the greatest hitters in MLB history, the late Tony Gwynn finished his career with 3,141 hits and a .338 BA coupled with 15 All-Star appearances, 8 NL batting titles and 5 NL Gold Gloves. Gwynn gave the city of San Diego everything he had throughout his 20 year tenure, leading them to the only two World Series appearances in franchise history.
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Ernie Banks enjoyed a marvelous 19 year career with the Chicago Cubs. During his time in the Windy City, Mr. Cub made 11 All-Star appearances, won 2 NL MVPs and 1 NL Gold Glove award. Unfortunately, he ended his Hall of Fame career without any jewelry.
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From the moment “The Kid” came on the scene, spectators knew he would be great. And, he sure lived up to the hype. Ken Griffey Jr.’s illustrious 22 year career featured 13 All-Star appearances, an AL MVP, 10 AL Gold Gloves and a whopping 630 homers. Had he stayed healthy, Griffey might have surpassed Barry Bonds on the all-time home runs list or at least added a championship to his resume.
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When Cobb entered the league Nap Lajoie was regarded as the best hitter, having won 3 of the first 4 batting titles. That quickly changed, in his first two seasons Ty Cobb hit .240 and .316. After those two seasons he never batted below .320 and Lajoie never won another batting title. Cobb went on to win the batting title 12 times, including a stretch where he won nine in a row and three seasons where he batted over .400. Cobb also put up ridiculous numbers on the bases; he is the all time leader in steals of home with 54. Cobb also holds a record .367 career batting average. He appeared in the World Series in three consecutive years from 1907-1909 but his team was unable to take the crown in any of those series’.
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When Carl Yastrzemski began his career with the Red Sox in 1961 he had to fill the shoes of the greatest Red Sox of all time, Ted Williams. Yastrzemski did so just fine, collecting 3,419 hits, 1,844 RBI, and 7 gold glove awards during his twenty-three year career in Boston. In 1967 he won the triple crown and led the Red Sox to their first AL Pennant since 1946. Yastrzemski and the Red Sox were unable to win it all, falling to the Cardinals in 7 games. Yastrzemski played in the World Series once again in 1975 but he and the Red Sox once again fell in 7 games, this time to the Cincinnati Reds.
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Nap Lajoie was so good that while he played for Cleveland they renamed the team after him. Lajoie started his career in the national league with the Phillies before joining the upstart American League. He collected three batting titles in his twenty-year career including his first in 1901 where he batted a record .426. In each of his first eleven seasons he batted at least .300. Lajoie never got the chance to play in a World Series in his career.