Illinois’s Best Baseball Players

For a lot of people where we come from is a point of pride. When we meet someone who hales from the same place as us there is often a sense of comradery. If you were born and raised in Illinois there are several players for you to claim as your own.

 

All-Time Players

Position Players

Jim Bottomley, 1B

Jim Bottomley

Oglesby, IL

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Browns

Awards: 1974 Hall of Fame inductee, 1928 NL MVP

 

Lou Boudreau, SS

Lou Boudreau

Harvey, IL

Teams: Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox

Awards: 1970 Hall of Fame inductee, 1948 AL MVP, 7-time All-Star

 

Gary Gaetti, 3B

Gary Gaetii

Centralia, IL

Teams: Minnesota Twins, California Angels, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox

Awards: 2-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner, 1987 ALCS MVP

 

Shawn Green, OF

Shawn Green

Des Plaines, IL

Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Mets

Awards: 2-time All-Star, 1-time Gold Glove winner

 

Rickey Henderson, OF

Rickey Henderson

Chicago, IL

Teams: Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Anaheim Angels, New York Mets, Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers

Awards: 2009 Hall of Fame inductee, 1990 AL MVP, 10-time All-Star, 1-time Gold Glove winner, 1989 ALCS MVP

 

Ted Kluszewski, 1B

Ted Kluszewski

Argo, IL

Teams: Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels

Awards: 4-time All-Star

 

Fred Lynn, OF

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Chicago, IL

Teams: Boston Red Sox, California Angels, Baltimore Orioles, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres

Awards: 1975 AL Rookie of the Year, 1975 AL MVP, 9-time All-Star, 4-time Gold Glove winner, 1982 ALCS MVP, 1983 All-Star MVP

 

Kirby Puckett, OF

Kirby Puckett

Chicago, IL

Teams: Minnesota Twins

Awards: 2001 Hall of Fame inductee, 10-time All-Star, 6-time Gold Glove winner, 1991 ALCS MVP, 1993 All-Star MVP

 

Red Schoendienst, 2B

Red Schoendienst

Germantown, IL

Teams: St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, Milwaukee Braves

Awards: 1989 Hall of Fame inductee, 10-time All-Star

 

Jim Thome, 1B/DH

Jim Thome

Peoria, IL

Teams: Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles

Awards: 5-time All-Star

 

Robin Yount, SS/OF

Robin Yount

Danville, IL

Teams: Milwaukee Brewers

Awards: 1999 Hall of Fame inductee, 1982 & 1989 AL MVP, 3-time All-Star, 1-time Gold Glove winner

 

Pitchers

Jason Isringhausen, RHP

Jason Isringhausen

Brighton, IL

Teams: New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Awards: 2-time All-Star

 

Rick Reuschel, RHP

Rick Reuschel

Quincy, IL

Teams: Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants

Awards: 3-time All-Star, 2-time Gold Glove winner

 

Robin Roberts, RHP

Robin Roberts

Springfield, IL

Teams: Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs

Awards: 1976 Hall of Fame inductee, 1952 & 1953 CY Young, 7-time All-Star

 

Bret Saberhagen, RHP

Bret Saberhagen

Chicago Heights, IL

Teams: Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox

Awards: 1985 & 1989 CY Young, 3-time All-Star, 1-time Gold Glove winner, 1985 World Series MVP

 

Active Players

Position Players

Curtis Granderson, OF

Curtis Granderson

Blue Island, IL

Teams: Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, New York Mets

Awards: 3-time All-Star

 

Jason Kipnis, 2B

Jason Kipnis

Northbrook, IL

Teams: Cleveland Indians

Awards: 2-time All-Star

 

Jayson Werth, OF

Jayson Werth

Springfield, IL

Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Nationals

Awards: 1-time All-Star

 

Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF

Ben Zobrist

Eureka, IL

Teams: Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Tampa Bay Rays, Oakland Athletics, Kansas City Royals

Awards: 2-time All-Star

 

 

All places of birth based on baseballreference.com

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