Almost 19,500 players have played in the major leagues. That means that in the order of 800-1000 players have been shortstops (still working on an exact number). That s a significant number of players that owe their careers to the inventor of the position, Doc Adams. Hopefully, Doc will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, when he does, how many other shortstops will he be joining?
More hit balls go to the shortstop than to any other position, as there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the ball slightly. Like a second baseman, a shortstop must be agile, for example when performing a 4-6-3 double play. Also, like a third baseman, the shortstop fields balls hit to the left side of the infield, where a strong arm is needed to throw out a batter-runner before they reach the safety of first base. [Wikipedia]
26 Shortstops have been immortalized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.