This is the second slideshow in my series running down the top players at each position in each team's history, and this one will focus on first basemen.
Pictured are the two best of all time in my eyes: Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx.
In case you missed it, the first slideshow was on catchers, and here is the link to that article:
My only restriction for my rankings is that only the stats that a player had for the team he is representing will be considered.
For example, take the case of Johnny Mize. He is a Hall of Famer and one of the best first basemen of all time.
However, his career is pretty evenly split between the Cardinals and the Giants. So while he may have had a better career than the player I chose from the Giants, he did not have a better Giants career.
I will be the first to admit that I value offense at the first base position, and while guys like J.T. Snow and Doug Mientkiewicz were great on defense, you will not see them on this list.
On the catcher's slideshow, I wondered if anyone else would represent two teams, as Carlton Fisk was my choice for both the Red Sox and White Sox.
I must say I seriously considered naming Jimmie Foxx for the Red Sox and A's, but ended up choosing another Red Sox, so perhaps with second basemen we will see another multiple-team representative.
Well, enough with the introduction, and if you have read this far without moving on to the rankings, I commend you. Let's get on with the list.