Baseball stars staying put a special circumstance
Gwynn an example of player who spent entire career with one team
Faces of franchises are not born overnight. They require loyalty and, even more importantly, success. Tony Gywnn had both of those traits in abundance during his two decades of Major League service -- all of which he spent with the San Diego Padres.
Players who spend their entire careers performing at high level for one franchise are becoming a rare breed not just in baseball, but in all sports. Here's a list of some of the most notable Major Leaguers who ignored the lures of free agency, were never traded and aided just one team for multiple seasons.
Tim Salmon -- 1992-2006
The right fielder and 1993 Rookie of the Year was with the franchise so long, he played for the California, Anaheim and Los Angeles Angels.
Craig Biggio -- 1988-2007; Jeff Bagwell -- 1991-2005
Combining for a total of 5,374 hits in precisely 5,000 regular-season games for the Astros, Biggio and Bagwell provided many memories for Houston, usually while playing side-by-side.
Chipper Jones -- 1993-2012
The switch-hitting third baseman was a big part of the Braves' run of National League East dominance in the 1990s and early 2000s. Jones' .402 career on-base percentage is a franchise record, and he won a World Series in 1995.
Robin Yount -- 1974-1993
The Hall of Famer spent all 20 seasons of his career in Milwaukee and won the American League MVP award twice (1982 and 1989).
Stan Musial -- 1941-1963; Bob Gibson -- 1959-1975
The Redbirds have two franchise icons that spent their entire careers in St. Louis, and Musial and Gibson have a combined 39 seasons and five World Series titles between them.
Ernie Banks -- 1953-1971
You don't earn a nickname like "Mr. Cub" for no reason. Banks, a two time MVP, has the franchise record in games (2,528) and extra-base hits (1,009).
Peewee Reese -- 1940-1958; Jackie Robinson -- 1947-1956; Sandy Koufax -- 1955-1966
A famous trio of Dodgers actually got to spend two seasons together on the same team. The first of those years, 1955, the Dodgers won the World Series.
Travis Jackson -- 1922-1936; Carl Hubbell -- 1928-1943; Mel Ott -- 1926-1943 Back in their New York days, the Giants had a trio of players with staying power in Jackson, Hubbell and Ott who helped lift the Giants to the 1933 World Series championship.
Mel Harder -- 1928-1947; Bob Feller -- 1936-1956; Bob Lemon -- 1941-1958
A trio of right-handed pitchers, Harder, Feller and Lemon totaled 696 wins in their careers for the Tribe.
Edgar Martinez -- 1987-2004
All 2,247 hits and 309 home runs of Edgar Martinez's career came in a Mariners uniform, and he represented the franchise in seven All-Star Games.
Ed Kranepool -- 1962-1979
Kranepool, a lifelong Met, held the club's career hit record with 1,418 until he was passed by current third baseman David Wright in 2012.
Steve Rogers -- 1973-1985
A five-time All-Star in his 13-season career, Rogers had 1,621 strikeouts and 158 wins while wearing the powder blue for the Montreal Expos.
Jim Palmer -- 1965-1984; Brooks Robinson -- 1955-1977; Cal Ripken -- 1981-2001
The Orioles were able to keep three all-time greats on their team for about two decades apiece. It worked out well as Palmer, Robinson and Ripken were all first-ballot Hall of Famers.
Tony Gwynn -- 1982-2001
The greatest hitter in Padres history and one of the best to ever pick up a bat, the late Gwynn hit .338 in his 20-year career in San Diego and never hit below .309 in a full campaign.
Mike Schmidt -- 1972-1989
A three-time NL MVP, Schmidt was the holder of the Phillies' all-time hits record with 2,234 until Jimmy Rollins passed him earlier this month.
Pie Traynor -- 1920-1937; Roberto Clemente -- 1955-1972; Bill Mazeroski -- 1956-1972; Willie Stargell -- 1962-1982
Traynor, Clemente, Mazeroski and Stargell all have their own separate and special legacies in Pittsburgh, and the latter three were all part of the 1971 World Series championship team.
Johnny Bench -- 1967-1983; Barry Larkin -- 1986-2004
Bench and Larkin combined for 4,388 hits, three World Series rings and three NL MVP awards with Cincinnati.
Ted Williams- 1939-1942, 1946-1960; Carl Yastrzemski -- 1961-1983; Jim Rice -- 1974-1989
Though they were all fruitless in their quest to bring the World Series trophy to Boston, Williams, Yastrzemski and Rice combined for 8,525 hits for the Red Sox.
Todd Helton -- 1997-2013
The recently retired Helton was a cornerstone of the Rockies franchise over the last two decades, hitting 369 home runs in the process.
George Brett -- 1973-1993
The face of the Royals for two decades, Brett holds the franchise record in average (.305), games (2,707) and hits (3,154), among others.
Charlie Gehringer -- 1924-1942; Al Kaline -- 1953-1974; Alan Trammell -- 1977-1996
All position players, Gehringer, Kaline and Trammell each made at least six All-Star teams, combining for a total of 30 selections, 18 of which belong to Kaline.
Walter Johnson (Senators) -- 1907-1927; Kirby Puckett -- 1984-1995
They played in very different eras for teams that didn't have the same nickname, but Johnson and Puckett both helped the franchise win a World Series title.
Red Faber -- 1914-1933; Ted Lyons -- 1923-1946; Luke Appling -- 1930-1943, 1945-1950
It's been a long time since the White Sox have had one standout player spend his whole career with the team, but they had a good trio do so in the first half of the 20th century. Faber, Lyons and Appling are all Hall of Famers.
Lou Gehrig -- 1923-1939; Bill Dickey -- 1928-1943, 1946; Joe DiMaggio -- 1936-1942, 1946-1951; Whitey Ford -- 1950, 1953-1967; Mickey Mantle -- 1951-1968; Don Mattingly -- 1982-1995; Bernie Williams -- 1991-2006; Jorge Posada -- 1995-2011; Mariano Rivera -- 1995-2013
The poster boys for having a player spend his career with one team, the Yankees will be able to add another name to this list when Derek Jeter retires at the conclusion of the 2014 season.
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