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THE LEFTFIELDER led or shared the National League lead in homers for seven consecutive years (1946 to '52), a feat that remains unmatched. Kiner hit 369 homers in 10 seasons before his career ended early because of a back injury. He was the main attraction for a Pirates team that never won more than 83 games during his tenure.
NOLAN RYAN | Inducted 1999
IN HIS 27-year career with four teams, Ryan struck out a record 5,714 batters and pitched a record seven no-hitters--his last at the age of 44 in 1991. The righthander also holds the single-season strikeout record, 383 in 1973.
WADE BOGGS | Inducted 2005
ONE OF the most consistent hitters of the 1980s, Boggs hit .300 or better in 15 of his 18 seasons with the Red Sox, Yankees and Devil Rays. The five-time batting champion had four straight seasons (1985 to '88) with an average higher than .350. Boggs won two Gold Gloves at third base (1994 and '95) and made 12 straight All-Star teams (from 1985 to '96).
CASEY STENGEL Inducted 1966
THE Ol' Perfessor managed the Yankees to seven World Series titles in 10 seasons, including a record five in a row (1949 to '53). Despite managing the expansion Mets from 1962 to '64, Stengel won 1,905 games in his career. He was also known for colorful aphorisms such as, "You have to have a catcher or you'll have all passed balls."
PAUL WANER Inducted 1952
WANER started his career with a bang in 1926, hitting .336 with 22 triples. The next season he batted .380 and won the MVP award. The rightfielder spent most of his 20-year career with the Pirates, playing alongside his brother (and fellow Hall of Famer), Lloyd.