Baseball, America’s Pastime, has produced stars from all across the great nation. Which MLB star is the best from each state?
Every state in these great United States has played a part in making the game of baseball America’s Pastime. All 50 states have sent at least one player to the MLB, some obviously more than others. Based on the last available data from Baseball Almanac, well over 16,000 Americans have played in The Show, and the number grows every year. California leads by a wide margin, with over 2,100 players sent to the big leagues. All that sunshine must be nice. Way down at the bottom of the list, for obvious reasons, Alaska has sent only 12 players to Major League Baseball.
Almost every state is represented in the Hall of Fame, with 40 sending players to Cooperstown. Baseball has obviously played a large part in the history of the United States from sea to shining sea, but which player is the king of his home state? Read on to find out.
Alabama: Hank Aaron
For a state that is currently obsessed with football, Alabama has produced quite a crop of MLB superstars. A few names from Alabama who did not make the cut here include Ozzie Smith, Monte Irvin, Don Sutton, and Heinie Manush.
The two names at the top of the list for Alabama are Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, the home-run king (depending on how you feel about the use of PEDs) and the Say Hey Kid. These two are among the most iconic players in baseball history. Both players got their start playing in the Negro Leagues, and share the record for most appearances in the All-Star Game.
Few states can match Alabama at the top for pure star power, though other, larger states top ‘Bama when it comes to pure depth. Right now, it’s all about the Crimson Tide, but baseball is a bigger part of the history of Alabama than you may realize.