Herman Long, the all-time leader in fielding errors as a shortstop

In baseball statistics, an error is an act, in the judgment of the official scorer, of a fielder misplaying a ball in a manner that allows a batter or baserunner to advance one or more bases or allows an at bat to continue after the batter should have been put out. Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is a baseball or softball fielding position in the infield, commonly stationed between second and third base, which is considered to be among the most demanding defensive positions. The position is mostly filled by defensive specialists, so shortstops are generally relatively poor batters who typically hit lower in the batting order. In the numbering system used to record defensive plays, the shortstop is assigned the number 6.

The list of career leaders is dominated by players from the 19th century when fielding equipment was very rudimentary; baseball gloves only began to steadily gain acceptance in the 1880s, and were not uniformly worn until the mid-1890s, resulting in a much lower frequency of defensive miscues. 13 of the top 18 players in career errors began playing in the 19th century, six of whom played their entire careers before 1900; only one of the top 24 made their major league debut after 1915, and none of the top 38 were active after 1950. The top 12 single-season totals were all recorded before 1894, the top 61 were recorded before 1909, and the top 187 were recorded before 1919; none of the top 500 have been recorded since 1951. To a large extent, the leaders reflect longevity rather than lower skill. Luis Aparicio, whose 366 errors are the most by any American League (AL) shortstop since 1940, won nine Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence, and retired with the second highest fielding percentage in AL history.

Herman Long, who retired in 1904 after setting major league records for games and putouts as a shortstop, is the all-time leader in errors committed as a shortstop with 1,070, nearly three times as many as any shortstop active since 1960, and the most by any player at a single position in major league history; he is the only shortstop to commit over 1,000 career errors. Bill Dahlen (975), Germany Smith (973), and Tommy Corcoran (961) are the only other shortstops to commit over 900 career errors. Elvis Andrus, who had 219 errors through the 2022 season to place him 120th all-time, is the leader among active players.

Key

Rank Rank amongst leaders in career errors committed. A blank field indicates a tie.
Player Name of player
E as SS Total career errors committed as a shortstop
* Denotes elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

List

Rank Player E as SS
1 Herman Long 1,070
2 Bill Dahlen 975
3 Germany Smith 973
4 Tommy Corcoran 961
5 Ed McKean 857
6 Jack Glasscock 832
7 Monte Cross 812
8 Donie Bush 689
9 Bobby Wallace * 685
10 Honus Wagner * 676
11 Dave Bancroft * 660
12 Luke Appling * 643
13 Joe Tinker * 635
14 Rabbit Maranville * 631
15 Shorty Fuller 595
16 Arthur Irwin 594
17 Frank Fennelly 590
18 Bones Ely 578
19 Mickey Doolin 570
20 Roger Peckinpaugh 553
21 Bill Gleason 535
22 John Montgomery Ward * 530
23 Art Fletcher 521
24 George Davis * 511
25 Joe Cronin * 485
26 George McBride 484
27 Freddy Parent 473
28 Dick Bartell 471
29 Hughie Jennings * 470
30 Kid Elberfeld 458
31 Doc Lavan 455
32 Wally Gerber 439
33 Sam Wise 422
34 Ivy Olson 417
35 Frankie Crosetti 402
36 Arky Vaughan * 397
37 Frank Shugart 391
38 Chick Fulmer 389
39 Davy Force 388
Pee Wee Reese * 388
George Wright * 388
42 Sadie Houck 386
43 Garry Templeton 384
44 Travis Jackson * 381
45 John Peters 379
46 Dick Groat 374
47 Luis Aparicio * 366
Al Bridwell 366
49 Bert Campaneris 365
50 Jack Rowe 364
Rank Player E as SS
51 Heinie Wagner 356
52 Tom Burns 355
53 Glenn Wright 351
54 Candy Nelson 346
55 Alfredo Griffin 340
56 Bill Russell 339
57 Ray Chapman 336
58 Don Kessinger 334
59 Joe Sewell * 333
60 Bill White 332
61 Bob Allen 330
62 Lou Say 319
63 Dave Concepción 311
Buck Weaver 311
65 Tom Carey 309
66 Leo Durocher * 307
67 Everett Scott 306
68 Billy Jurges 305
69 Rafael Ramírez 301
70 Chick Galloway 296
71 Rudy Hulswitt 294
72 Freddie Patek 293
73 Eddie Joost 291
74 Jack Berry 290
Roy McMillan 290
76 Billy Rogell 287
77 Alvin Dark 286
Mark Koenig 286
79 Maury Wills 284
80 Ozzie Smith * 281
81 Dickey Pearce 279
82 Paul Radford 276
83 Chris Speier 275
84 Charley O'Leary 273
85 Édgar Rentería 272
Robin Yount * 272
87 Gene DeMontreville 270
88 Vern Stephens 269
89 Lyn Lary 268
Zoilo Versalles 268
91 Larry Kopf 266
92 Phil Rizzuto * 263
93 Ed Brinkman 259
Leo Cárdenas 259
95 Heinie Sand 258
96 Johnny Logan 256
97 Miguel Tejada 255
Ned Williamson 255
99 Derek Jeter * 254
100 Marty Marion 252
Bill Dahlen, second all-time in errors as a shortstop, holds the National League record of 975.
Donie Bush holds the American League record of 689 errors as a shortstop.

Other Hall of Famers

Player E
Barry Larkin * 235
Alan Trammell * 227
Cal Ripken Jr. * 225
Lou Boudreau * 223
Ernie Banks * 174
Willie Wells * 161 (includes incomplete Negro league totals)
Rogers Hornsby * 142
John McGraw * 102
Ed Delahanty * 95
King Kelly * 92
Martín Dihigo * 43 (includes incomplete Negro league totals)
John Henry Lloyd * 35 (includes incomplete Negro league totals)
Tony Lazzeri * 23
Ray Dandridge * 17 (includes incomplete Negro league totals)
Jackie Robinson * 11 (includes incomplete Negro league totals)
Adrián Beltré * 0

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