Great players can only carry a team so far—at some point, someone else needs to step up and have his 15 minutes of fame.
That doesn't always happen, though, and far more players wind up finishing their careers without a World Series ring than those who have some big-time bling to flash in their retirement.
While the majority of those without rings simply fall into obscurity after their playing days are over, a handful of the truly remarkable—including some of the all-time greats of the game—have never experienced what it's like to be a World Series champion.
Let's meet the 40 best players in baseball history who never got themselves a shiny World Series championship ring.
All stats courtesy of baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.