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Banks, Musial, McGee Among Never Ejected MLBers

Last week, baseball lost an icon in Chicago Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks. One of the related subjects touched upon in the SABR members’ newsgroup was the respect Banks showed toward umpires.

To answer a question asked by a player and to illustrate the point, one SABR member, David Vincent, provided a list of the 111 Major Leaguers who played at least 1,500 games over their entire career without ever having been ejected.

I thought it was really interesting, so I am sharing it here. At 2,528 games, Banks made the top seven all-time, with St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial on top. Cards perennial fan favorite Willie McGee comes in at number 17.

Among other long-time Cardinals on the list are “Silent” George Hendrick and “Sunny” Jim Bottomley. Looking at it that way, their inclusion makes complete sense.

Most MLB Games Played
Without an Ejection
Rank Games
1 Stan Musial 3026
2 Willie Mays 2992
3 Brooks Robinson 2896
4 Robin Yount 2856
5 Derek Jeter 2730 Played in 2014
6 Paul Waner 2549
7 Ernie Banks 2528
8 Wade Boggs 2440
9 Harmon Killebrew 2435
10 Zack Wheat 2410
11 Sam Rice 2404
12 Willie Stargell 2360
13 Charlie Gehringer 2323
14 Jimmie Foxx 2317
15 Ted Williams 2292
16 John Olerud 2234
17 Willie McGee 2201
18 Andruw Jones 2196
T19 Barry Larkin 2180
T19 Dale Murphy 2180
21 Bill Mazeroski 2163
22 Jeff Bagwell 2150
23 Bid McPhee 2138
24 Miguel Tejada 2118
25 Ken Griffey 2097
26 Jim Rice 2089
27 Don Kessinger 2078
28 George Hendrick 2048
29 Jimmy Ryan 2014
30 Ellis Burks 2000
31 Jim O’Rourke 1999
32 Roger Connor 1998
33 Lloyd Waner 1993
34 Jim Bottomley 1991
35 George Van Haltren 1990
36 George Foster 1977
37 Larry Gardner 1923
38 Jim Wynn 1920
39 Hal Chase 1919
40 Joe Sewell 1903
41 Roy Sievers 1887
42 Johnny Callison 1886
43 Juan Pierre 1881
44 Kiki Cuyler 1879
45 Bobby Doerr 1865
46 Vinny Castilla 1854
47 Del Pratt 1836
48 Alfonso Soriano 1824 Played in 2014
49 Greg Luzinski 1821
50 Greg Gross 1809
51 Frank Schulte 1806
52 Pinky Higgins 1802
T53 Shano Collins 1799
T53 Del Unser 1799
55 Dummy Hoy 1797
56 Gee Walker 1784
57 Charlie Jamieson 1779
58 Joe Quinn 1769
59 Deron Johnson 1765
60 Curt Flood 1759
61 Jorge Orta 1755
62 Sam West 1753
T63 Dick Allen 1749
T63 Garry Maddox 1749
65 Joe DiMaggio 1736
66 Dan Driessen 1732
67 Mark Loretta 1726
68 Vern Stephens 1720
69 Ted Kluszewski 1718
70 Randy Winn 1717
71 Germany Smith 1712
72 Willie Kamm 1693
73 Bill Nicholson 1677
74 Fred Pfeffer 1671
75 Phil Rizzuto 1661
T76 Paul Hines 1658
T76 Bill Skowron 1658
78 Travis Jackson 1656
79 Darin Erstad 1654
80 Carlos Baerga 1630
81 Craig Counsell 1624
82 Billy Goodman 1623
83 Rafael Furcal 1614 Played in 2014
84 Rudy York 1603
85 Ken Oberkfell 1602
86 Jose Hernandez 1587
87 John Roseboro 1585
88 Harlond Clift 1582
89 Home Run Baker 1575
90 Tom Daly 1568
91 J.D. Drew 1566
92 Andre Thornton 1565
93 Deacon White 1560
94 Tony Clark 1559
95 Rico Petrocelli 1553
T96 George McQuinn 1550
T96 Billy Nash 1550
98 Joe Rudi 1547
99 Frank Bolling 1540
T100 Rafael Ramirez 1539
T100 Pinky Whitney 1539
102 Bruce Bochte 1538
103 Larry Herndon 1537
104 Eric Chavez 1535 Played in 2014
105 Terry Puhl 1531
106 Ken Keltner 1526
107 Joe Randa 1522
108 Mickey Stanley 1516
109 Mo Vaughn 1512
110 Edgardo Alfonzo 1506
111 Eddie Foster 1500

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