HOFers with Season OBP Higher than SLG

In a few weeks, Derek Jeter will complete his Hall of Fame-worthy career.  His stat line in this, his age-40 season, is rather un-Jeterlike.  Through Monday night, he has a 79 OPS+ with a slash line of .264/.313/.316.  Its entirely possible he’ll end the season with an on-base percentage higher than his slugging percentage.

So, how many Hall of Famers have ever had such a season (with enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title)?  Here’s the list, courtesy of Baseball Reference’s Play Index.   Yes, Ray Schalk had ten of them in a 12 year span.  In addition to more recent inductees like Ozzie Smith and Rickey Henderson, a few expansion era guys snagged a season like this . . . Boggs, Morgan, Carew.

Rk Name Yrs From To Age
1 Ray Schalk 10 1914 1925 21-32 Ind. Seasons
2 Ozzie Smith 9 1980 1992 25-37 Ind. Seasons
3 Rickey Henderson 8 1980 2000 21-41 Ind. Seasons
4 Luke Appling 8 1935 1949 28-42 Ind. Seasons
5 Richie Ashburn 7 1948 1960 21-33 Ind. Seasons
6 Eddie Collins 7 1912 1925 25-38 Ind. Seasons
7 Dave Bancroft 6 1915 1928 24-37 Ind. Seasons
8 Harry Hooper 6 1910 1919 22-31 Ind. Seasons
9 Bobby Wallace 6 1907 1912 33-38 Ind. Seasons
10 Rick Ferrell 5 1930 1938 24-32 Ind. Seasons
11 Johnny Evers 5 1905 1914 23-32 Ind. Seasons
12 Roger Bresnahan 5 1905 1914 26-35 Ind. Seasons
13 Phil Rizzuto 4 1946 1953 28-35 Ind. Seasons
14 Pee Wee Reese 4 1941 1952 22-33 Ind. Seasons
15 Joe Sewell 4 1922 1933 23-34 Ind. Seasons
16 Rabbit Maranville 4 1913 1933 21-41 Ind. Seasons
17 Willie Keeler 4 1903 1909 31-37 Ind. Seasons
18 Nellie Fox 3 1958 1964 30-36 Ind. Seasons
19 Max Carey 3 1918 1928 28-38 Ind. Seasons
20 George Davis 3 1905 1908 34-37 Ind. Seasons
21 Rod Carew 2 1981 1985 35-39 Ind. Seasons
22 Joe Morgan 2 1966 1979 22-35 Ind. Seasons
23 Lou Boudreau 2 1942 1949 24-31 Ind. Seasons
24 Paul Waner 2 1941 1942 38-39 Ind. Seasons
25 Mickey Cochrane 2 1934 1935 31-32 Ind. Seasons
Rk Name Yrs From To Age
26 Frank Chance 2 1905 1907 28-30 Ind. Seasons
27 Wade Boggs 1 1993 1993 35-35 Ind. Seasons
28 Luis Aparicio 1 1973 1973 39-39 Ind. Seasons
29 Arky Vaughan 1 1942 1942 30-30 Ind. Seasons
30 Billy Herman 1 1942 1942 32-32 Ind. Seasons
31 Charlie Gehringer 1 1941 1941 38-38 Ind. Seasons
32 Kiki Cuyler 1 1937 1937 38-38 Ind. Seasons
33 Tris Speaker 1 1915 1915 27-27 Ind. Seasons
34 Nap Lajoie 1 1914 1914 39-39 Ind. Seasons
35 Fred Clarke 1 1909 1909 36-36 Ind. Seasons
36 Joe Tinker 1 1906 1906 25-25 Ind. Seasons
37 Jesse Burkett 1 1904 1904 35-35 Ind. Seasons
38 Billy Hamilton 1 1901 1901 35-35 Ind. Seasons
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/26/2014.

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