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One-team careers a rarity in MLB history

One-team careers a rarity in MLB history

Major League Baseball has been around for a long time, but despite all the players who have come through in more than 100 years of history, a very small percentage has been exclusive to one franchise.

How small?

Well, according to a list compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau, only 62 players in MLB's long history with at least 15 years in the Major Leagues played their entire career with one organization.

Of that group, 35 are Hall of Famers:

Cap Anson
Luke Appling
Ernie Banks
Johnny Bench
George Brett
Roberto Clemente
Bill Dickey
Red Faber
Bob Feller
Whitey Ford
Lou Gehrig
Charlie Gehringer
Bob Gibson
Tony Gwynn
Carl Hubbell
Travis Jackson
Walter Johnson
Al Kaline
Bob Lemon
Ted Lyons
Mickey Mantle
Bill Mazeroski
Stan Musial
Mel Ott
Jim Palmer
Pee Wee Reese
Jim Rice
Cal Ripken Jr.
Brooks Robinson
Mike Schmidt
Willie Stargell
Pie Traynor
Ted Williams
Carl Yastrzemski
Robin Yount

Surprisingly, despite the impact of free agency and the amount of player turnover nowadays, seven players who had at least 15 years of experience and played out an entire career with one big league team retired between 2000-09: Ripken, Gwynn, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bernie Williams, Edgar Martinez and Barry Larkin.

There are also an additional four who currently meet that criteria and are still active. Three of them are Yankees -- Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada -- with the other being Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Gonzo and 'The Show'. Follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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