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In 1999, Major League Baseball All-Century Team was chosen. To select the team, a panel of experts first compiled a list of the 100 greatest players from the past century. Fans then voted on the players using paper and online ballots.

The top two vote-getters from each position, except outfielders (nine), and the top six pitchers were placed on the team. There were some notable omissions, and an oversight committee included an additional five players who did not garner enough initial votes.

Preceding game 2 of the 1999 World Series, the All-Century Team took center stage in a rousing ceremony. Every living player who was named to the team attended, including Ted Williams, 81 years old and ailing; and Sandy Koufax, who in his post-baseball life had become renowned for staying out of the spotlight.

During the ceremony, the loudest ovations were given to Ken Griffey, Jr., possibly due to the fact that he was a current star and popular with the fans; and Pete Rose, despite his banishment from baseball.

The team

Pitchers


Catchers


First Basemen


Second Basemen


Third Basemen


Shortstops


Outfielders


* indicates player added later by panel ** indicates active player at the time # indicates Hall of Famemarker member

Top five vote getters



Controversies

Jim Gray interview with Pete Rose

With the announcement of the team, there was controversy over the inclusion of Pete Rose, who had been banned from baseball for life 10 years earlier. Some questioned Rose's presence on a team officially endorsed by Major League Baseball. But fans at the stadium during the introduction of the team were overwhelmingly supportive, giving him a standing ovation. Following the on-field ceremony, which was emceed by Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully, an aggressive interview by NBC Sports' Jim Gray resulted in further public sympathy for Rose:

Latinos

Some Latino fans were unhappy that no Latino players had been elected, in particular Roberto Clemente, who had finished 10th among outfielders and missed the cut. Baseball tried to assuage fans' complaints in 2005 by announcing the "Latino Legends Team."

Missed the cut

Players with high vote totals who did not make the team:
Pitchers


Catchers


First Basemen


Second Basemen


Third Basemen


Shortstops


Outfielders


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