Historically, shortstop has been a position where fielding reigns supreme. Cal Ripken Jr.'s career, however, changed that and moved shortstops in a direction where run production often took precedence over fielding ability.
To compare old-school shortstops defined by their gloves with new-age shortstops with their gaudy batting stats is difficult, but one must judge them based on their value to their teams during their given eras.
Thus, players with fewer home runs and RBI who played long ago might be ahead of modern players with more impressive statistics.
That said, shortstop has long been one of the most important positions on the diamond, and regardless of a shortstop's era, odds are he was a significant contributor to his team's success—or lack thereof.