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Clockwise from top left: Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson.

The inaugural Hall of Fame class included the greatest player in baseball history (Ruth) and the two players who vied for the title before Ruth's arrival -- Wagner, the greatest shortstop in baseball history, and Cobb, once the all-time hits and stolen bases leader -- arguably the greatest pitcher in baseball history (Johnson), and Christy Mathewson, a man of great character and intelligence who won 372 games but was merely the fifth greatest player in this group. This is baseball's Mount Rushmore.

Text: Cliff Corcoran
Photo: Charles Colon/TSN/Icon SMI, Charles M. Conlon/TSN/Icon SMI, AP (2)

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