There’s a belief among baseball fans that players don’t stay with one time any more, not like they used to. Actually, ballplayers have always bounced around, and continuity is a rare thing in the sport.
The quartets below are the exception. These 15 infields are the longest-running in the history of baseball. These are the only infields that spent as many as four (consecutive) years together.
To be included in this chart all four players had to be the primary players at one of the infield positions.
|1973-1981||Dodgers||9||Steve Garvey||Davey Lopes||Ron Cey||Bill Russell|
|1965-1970||Cubs||6||Ernie Banks||Glenn Beckert||Ron Santo||Don Kessinger|
|1980-1984||Braves||5||Chris Chambliss||Glenn Hubbard||Bob Horner||Rafael Ramirez|
|1948-1952||Dodgers||5||Gil Hodges||Jackie Robinson||Billy Cox||Pee Wee Reese|
|1999-2003||Marlins||5||Derrek Lee||Luis Castillo||Mike Lowell||Alex Gonzalez|
|1933-1937||Tigers||5||Hank Greenberg||Charlie Gehringer||Marv Owen||Billy Rogell|
|1906-1910||Cubs||5||Frank Chance||Johnny Evers||Harry Steinfeldt||Joe Tinker|
|1968-1972||Orioles||5||Boog Powell||Davey Johnson||Brooks Robinson||Mark Belanger|
|1902-1905||Athletics||4||Harry Davis||Danny Murphy||Lave Cross||Monte Cross|
|2009-2012||Yankees||4||Mark Teixeira||Robinson Cano||Alex Rodriguez||Derek Jeter|
|1911-1914||Athletics||4||Stuffy McInnis||Eddie Collins||Home Run Baker||Jack Barry|
|1912-1915||Senators||4||Chick Gandil||Ray Morgan||Eddie Foster||George McBride|
|2001-2004||Twins||4||Doug Mientkiewicz||Luis Rivas||Corey Koskie||Cristian Guzman|
|1980-1983||Royals||4||Willie Aikens||Frank White||George Brett||U.L. Washington|
|1959-1962||Pirates||4||Dick Stuart||Bill Mazeroski||Don Hoak||Dick Groat|
The only long-running infield with as many as three Hall of Famers were the Cubs, with first baseman Frank Chance, second baseman Johnny Evers, and shortstop Joe Tinker.
Most long-running infields have at least one Hall of Famer, but the top-rated Dodgers are distinguished in that none of their members have been elected. The 1981 Dodgers remain one of the few teams in history to win a title without a Hall of Fame player on the roster.
Most Successful Long-Running Infields in Baseball History
Of the infields on our list, eight of them won at least one World Series title. They are:
- 1907, 1908 Cubs
- 1911, 1913 A’s
- 1935 Tigers
- 1960 Pirates
- 1970 Orioles
- 1981 Dodgers
- 2003 Marlins
- 2009 Yankees
The amazing quartet of Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, Bill Russell, and Ron Cey, helped the Dodgers to four pennants in their nine seasons as a starting group, culminating in their title in 1981 over the rival Yankees.
The 1906-1910 Cubs, led by first baseman/manager Frank Chance and their talented infield, won three pennants. The 1968-1972 Orioles won three pennants.