Famous 20th Century Baseball Players

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Baseball Players, including Yogi Berra, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Harden, Flip Saunders and Seth Curry.

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 1 Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson.
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Famous As: Professional baseball player
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia, United States
Died: October 24, 1972
The first African-American to play in MLB in the modern era, Jackie Robinson helped herald the end of racial segregation in baseball. He broke the baseball color line and encouraged black players not to be confined to the Negro leagues alone. In 1962, he became a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.

 2 Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pequannock Township, New Jersey

Derek Jeter is an American former baseball player whose popularity had made him one of the most marketed sportsmen of his generation during his playing career. Since 2017, he has been playing a key role as part owner and the chief executive officer of the Miami Marlins. Also a well-known philanthropist, Jeter created a charitable organization called Turn 2 Foundation.

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 3 Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio.
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Famous As: American Baseball Star
Birthdate: November 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Martinez
Died: March 8, 1999
MLB center fielder Joe DiMaggio won nine World Series championships and bagged 13 All-Star games during his 13-year tenure with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper, the 3-time MVP is remembered for his unbeaten 56-game hitting streak record and his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.

 4 Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yorkville, New York City, New York
Died: June 2, 1941

Lou Gehrig was an American baseball player. Nicknamed The Iron Horse for his durability and prowess as a hitter, Lou Gehrig played for the New York Yankees of the Major League Baseball (MLB). His life and career inspired the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees in which he was portrayed by actor Gary Cooper.

 5 Hank Aaron

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Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mobile

Baseball player Hank Aaron, also known as Hammer or Hammerin' Hank, is remembered for his stint with the MLB teams Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He also competed as part of the Negro League team Indianapolis Clowns. He was named to The Sporting News 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

 6 Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Suzuki.
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Famous As: Baseball Outfielder
Birthdate: October 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Toyoyama, Aichi Prefecture

Ichiro Suzuki is a Japanese former baseball player who played as an outfielder in top-level professional leagues, including Major League Baseball (MLB). Also a popular player at the Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan, Suzuki became the first MLB player to be inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame

 7 Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds.
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Famous As: American baseball player
Birthdate: July 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riverside, California
Former baseball player Barry Bonds is known for his stints with the MLB teams Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. The seven-time NL MVP-winning and eight-time Gold Glove-winning player once faced trial for use of anabolic steroids. He is a 14-time All Star, he is also a cycling lover.
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 8 Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente.
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Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972

Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican baseball player who represented the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball (MLB). Apart from being a popular player, Clemente was also a great humanitarian whose impact is still being felt in MLB. Since his untimely death at the age of 38, Clemente has been the subject of several documentaries, articles, and books.

 9 Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: October 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spavinaw, Oklahoma
Died: August 13, 1995

Professional baseball player Mickey Mantle played his entire Major League Baseball (MLB) career with the New York Yankees. He played as a center fielder, right fielder, and first baseman. Regarded by many as the greatest switch hitter in baseball history, he won the Triple Crown in 1956 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. 

 10 Pete Rose

Pete Rose
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati

 11 Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan.
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Famous As: Baseball Star
Birthdate: January 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Refugio

The celebrated former baseball player whose Major League career spanned 27 years, retired with record 5,714 strikeouts and seven no-hitters. Nicknamed Ryan Express, Nolan Ryan played as a pitcher and had long stints with Houston Astros and California Angels. A member of the American National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is the principal owner of Ryan Sanders Sports and Entertainment.

 12 Ted Williams

Ted Williams.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: August 30, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego
Died: July 5, 2002

Ted Williams was an American baseball player who spent his entire 19-year MLB career with the Boston Red Sox. A nineteen-time All-Star and two-time Triple Crown winner, Ted Williams is widely considered one of the greatest hitters in the history of baseball. In 1991, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 13 Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: May 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: September 22, 2015
Baseball catcher Yogi Berra is remembered for his long-running association with the MLB team New York Yankees. The 18-time All Star had won 10 World Series championships, too. He also won the American League MVP thrice. He was famous for his malapropisms such as “It ain't over 'til it's over.”

 14 Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Donora, Pennsylvania, United States

 15 Willie Mays

Willie Mays.
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Famous As: Former Professional Baseball Star
Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama

Willie Mays is considered one of the all-time greats of baseball. His breathtaking catch of Vic Wertz’s fly ball is etched as a great movement in the history of the sport. Associated with New York / San Francisco Giants for about two decades, the former center fielder with record Major League Football putouts, features in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 16 Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: December 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York

Baseball left-handed pitcher Sanford Koufax played for the MLB team Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers for 12 seasons. He was the youngest Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and the first three-time Cy Young Award winner. He skipped pitching for a 1965 World Series game because it fell on Jewish festival Yom Kippur.

 17 Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Panama City

Mariano Rivera is a Panamanian-American former baseball player who played for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). A five-time World Series champion and thirteen-time All-Star, Rivera was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. He is also considered one of the most dominant relievers in the history of the major league.

 18 Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States

 19 Carl Yastrzemski

Carl Yastrzemski
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States

 20 Johnny Bench

Johnny Bench
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

 21 Karl Malone

Karl Malone
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Summerfield

 22 Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson.
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Famous As: Former Baseball & Football Player
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, U.S.

Former professional baseball and football player Bo Jackson has the distinction of being the only professional athlete in history to be named an All-Star in both the sports. Considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, he pursued his other interests following his retirement from sports in the 1990s. He has acted in a few TV shows, playing minor characters.

 23 Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Consultant
Birthdate: April 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago

 24 Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver.
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Famous As: Baseball Pitcher
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: August 31, 2020

 25 Nate Robinson

Nate Robinson
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Famous As: Basketball player, American football player, Businessperson, Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle

 26 David Ortiz

David Ortiz.
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Famous As: Baseball designated hitter
Birthdate: November 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santo Domingo

David Ortiz is a Dominican-American former baseball player who played primarily for the Boston Red Sox in Major League Baseball. Nicknamed Big Papi for his strength, Ortiz is considered one of the greatest clutch hitters ever. Also regarded as one of the greatest designated hitters for Boston Red Sox, Ortiz helped the team end its 86-year World Series championship drought.

 27 Ray Allen

Ray Allen
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Famous As: Basketball player, Actor
Birthdate: July 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merced

 28 Patrick Ewing

Patrick Ewing
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: August 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston

 29 Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City
Died: November 10, 1992

Chuck Connors was an American actor, professional baseball and basketball player. Connors is one of 13 athletes to have played in both National Basketball Association and the Major League Baseball. As an actor, he contributed to the success of the popular Western television program The Rifleman. Also known for his charity work, Connors helped found the Chuck Connors Charitable Foundation.

 30 Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: March 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco

 31 Reggie Miller

Reggie Miller
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Famous As: Basketball player, Pundit, Actor
Birthdate: August 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Riverside

 32 Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kinshasa

 33 Steven Adams

Steven Adams
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Famous As: basketball player
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rotorua

 34 Chris Webber

Chris Webber
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Famous As: Basketball player, Businessperson
Birthdate: March 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit

 35 Shoeless Joe Jackson

Shoeless Joe Jackson.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: July 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pickens County, South Carolina
Died: December 5, 1951

MLB player Joseph Jefferson Jackson, or Shoeless Joe, was associated with the Philadelphia Athletics, the Cleveland Naps/Indians, and the Chicago White Sox. He was dragged into the Black Sox Scandal, through which the 1919 Chicago White Sox team members conspired to fix the World Series, leading him to be banned.

 36 Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield

 37 Honus Wagner

Honus Wagner
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Famous As: Baseballer
Birthdate: February 24, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chartiers, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: December 6, 1955

 38 DeAndre Jordan

DeAndre Jordan
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Houston

 39 Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace
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Famous As: Basketball player, Rapper, Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Queensbridge

 40 Gary Payton

Gary Payton
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland

 41 Grant Hill

Grant Hill
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Famous As: Art collector, Basketball player
Birthdate: October 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas

 42 Oscar Robertson

Oscar Robertson
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: November 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charlotte

 43 Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: September 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bonham, Texas
Joe Morgan, nicknamed Little Joe for his short stature, was a star second baseman who played MLB baseball for teams such as the Houston Astros, the Cincinnati Reds, and the San Francisco Giants. The Baseball Hall of Fame inductee had won two World Series championships with the Cincinnati Reds

 44 Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ōsaka

 45 Derek Fisher

Derek Fisher
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Famous As: Basketball player, Trade unionist
Birthdate: August 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Little Rock

 46 Bob Uecker

Bob Uecker.
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Birthdate: January 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milwaukee

 47 Ernie Banks

Ernie Banks.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: January 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: January 23, 2015

 48 Nolan North

Nolan North
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Famous As: Actor, Baseball player, Dub actor, Television actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Haven

 49 Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 15, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago

 50 Bing Russell

Bing Russell.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brattleboro, Vermont
Died: April 8, 2003

Bing Russell was an American actor whose career spanned nearly 40 years. Perhaps Bing Russell's biggest contribution to the American entertainment industry is his son Kurt Russell. Also a baseball enthusiast, Russell owned the Portland Mavericks, a professional baseball team, which was featured in a 2014 documentary titled The Battered Bastards of Baseball.