Tennessee’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 Tennessee you have three of the games future stars and one of the Rockies greatest players in franchise history.


All-Time Players

Position Players

Steve Finley, OF

Steve Finley


Union City, TN

Teams: Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies

Awards: 2-time All-Star, 5-time Gold Glove winner


Todd Helton, 1B

Todd Helton

Knoxville, TN

Teams: Colorado Rockies

Awards: 5-time All-Star, 3-time Gold Glove winner


Vada Pinson, OF

Vada Pinson

Memphis, TN

Teams: Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, California Angels, Kansas City Royals

Awards: 4-time All-Star, 1-time Gold Glove winner


Active Players

Position Players

Mookie Betts, OF

Mookie Betts

Nashville, TN

Teams: Boston Red Sox



R.A. Dickey, RHP

R.A. Dickey

Nashville, TN

Teams: Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, Toronto Blue Jays

Awards: 2012 NL CY Young, 1-time All-Star, 1-time Gold Glove winner


Sonny Gray, RHP

Sonny Gray

Nashville, TN

Teams: Oakland Athletics

Awards: 1-time All-Star


Daniel Norris, LHP

Daniel Norris

Johnson City, TN

Teams: Toronto Blue Jays, Detroit Tigers


David Price, LHP

David Price

Murfreesboro, TN

Teams: Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers, Toronto Blue Jays

Awards: 2012 AL CY Young, 5-time All-Star




All places of birth based on baseballreference.com


3 thoughts on “Tennessee’s Best Baseball Players

    • Vada Pinson III, while I was too young to have seen him play, I was born in 1982, I consider myself of student of the game and he is one of the great Reds of all time.


  1. I thought I would help you with some others. Jim Gilliam of the Dodgers has his number retired. He was born and raised in Nashville. He was a second baseman mostly but also played third and OF some. Tim McCarver and Ed Bailey are 2 outstanding catchers and they are from Memphis and Strawberry Plains respectively. Phil Garner was Avery good 2B for years and I believe he is from Chattanooga and played at UT. Tommy Bridges is a borderline Hall of Fame pitcher from Gordonsville, winning 194 games. He led the AL in strikeouts multiple times and was the ace on those great Detroit Tiger teams of the 30s that won 3 pennants and one World Series between 1934-1940. Red Lucas was an outstanding pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds in the late 20s and early 30s. He won 157 games. Claude Osteen was from Marshall County in middle Tennessee. He won 20 games several times with the Dodgers in the 60s and 70s. And 200 games overall. Clyde Milan was probably the fastest man in baseball during the Ty Cobb era and played centerfield for the Washington Senators from 1907-1922. He had over 2000 hits and stole 495 bases for his career. He was from Linden, TN. Johnny Beazley has a young phenom in 1942 with the Cardinals. He went 21-6 with a 2.13 ERA and won both starts against the Yankees, including the clincher in Game 6. He was then shipped off to war where he hurt his arm pitching in the army. He was from Nashville. There are others but those are some star players that deserve recognition on an. All-Time Tennessee baseball team. Hope that helps…..


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