Jackie Robinson

He was clearly of major league caliber when he broke the color line in 1947, and had he been white he would have been in the big leagues much earlier and added who knows how many more hits and steals to his career totals. A lot of people don’t realize that he retired rather than accept a trade to the New York Giants. There’s no reason to believe that he couldn’t have put in a couple more seasons as a decent corner infielder or outfielder, but he had other things to do.

One man’s unscientific ranking of the fastest second basemen in history:

1. Eric Young
2. Davey Lopes
3. Jackie Robinson
4. Eddie Collins
5. Joe Morgan
6. Harold Reynolds
7. Frankie Frisch
8. Tony Womack
9. Juan Samuel
10. Delino DeShields