Famous American Baseball Players

Ask anyone what is America's favorite pastime and the answer will be baseball. And why not? After all who does not love to engage in a game of baseball while munching on peanuts and crackers? That is right! Baseball and America are inseparable. In fact, it has been the country's most preferred sport for a long time and for more reasons than one. The game of baseball is steeped in century's worth of tradition and history. And unlike many other sports, it is a lot more intricate too. With the balls and strikes, four bases, nine long innings, and a really complicated scoring system, the game might knock one off. But just a run down the fundamentals and its easy to get into the game. America has produced a wad of heavy hitters and extremely powerful pitchers in history. Thanks to their extraordinary RBIs, match-winning strikeouts, and king-sized personalities, these baseball players have gone ahead to become legends in their own rights. Read all about their lives, feats, timeline, trivia, and facts in the biographies below.

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 1 Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson
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Famous As: First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball
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 Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth
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Famous As: One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time
Birthdate: February 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pigtown, Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: August 16, 1948
One of the greatest players in the history of baseball, Babe Ruth played 22 seasons between 1914 and 1935 and set monumental records—including 714 home runs—that took decades to be finally broken. Amongst the most celebrated athletes of the world, he became one of the first five players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

 3 Derek Jeter

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pequannock Township, New Jersey, United States

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.

 4 Joe DiMaggio

Joe DiMaggio
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States
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.

 5 Mike Trout

Mike Trout
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: August 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vineland, New Jersey, United States

Mike Trout is an American baseball player. An eight-time MLB All-Star, Mike Trout is widely regarded as one of the best Major League Baseball (MLB) players of the current generation and one of the best young players in baseball history. He is also one of the most popular American sportsmen, with endorsement deals worth $2.5 million in his kitty

 6 Hank Aaron

Hank Aaron
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 22, 2021

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.

 7 Lou Gehrig

Lou Gehrig
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: June 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yorkville, New York, United States
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.

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 8 Nolan Ryan

Nolan Ryan
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: January 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Refugio, Texas, United States

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.

 9 Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Dominican-American baseball player Albert Pujols was a three-time MVP during his 11-year stint with the St. Louis Cardinals. An only child he grew up with an alcoholic father. He has been in the news for his $240 million contract with the LA Angels and for allegedly lying about his age.

 10 Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States
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.

 11 Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Spavinaw, Oklahoma, United States
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. 

 12 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

 13 Ted Williams

Ted Williams
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 30, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
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.

 14 Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri, United States
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.”

 15 Ty Cobb

Ty Cobb
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Narrows, Georgia, United States
Died: July 17, 1961
During his 22-season career in Major League Baseball, Tyrus Cobb was known for setting numerous records with his aggressive approach on the field. The outfielder with a record career batting average featured in the list of all-time great players and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Associated with Detroit Tigers for more than two decades, he was also involved in philanthropy.

 16 Pete Rose

Pete Rose
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Famous As: Baseball Outfielder, Infielder, Manager
Birthdate: April 14, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

 17 Willie Mays

Willie Mays
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States

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.

 18 Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez
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Famous As: One of the Greatest Baseball Players of All Time
Birthdate: July 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York, United States

Former professional baseball player Alex Rodriguez is considered one of the best baseball players in American baseball history. In his 22 years career, he created numerous records and won both awards and appreciation; however he also attracted a lot of controversies. Primary amongst them were his use of performance enhancing drugs. 

 19 Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, United States

 20 Aaron Judge

Aaron Judge
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 26, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Linden, California, United States
New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge became the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year. In 2017, he made a single-season franchise home record with the Yankees. He became the first MLB rookie to win the Home Run Derby. His charity All Rise Foundation focuses on helping children become responsible citizens.

 21 Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson
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Famous As: American Football Player, Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bessemer, Alabama, United States

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.

 22 Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

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.

 23 Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders
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Famous As: American Football player, Baseball Player
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Florida, United States

American football player Deion Sanders is considered one of the strongest pass defenders of the game. He was an electrifying athlete and played in the National Football League for 14 seasons. He played for teams like Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens. He is now a coach and a sports analyst. He’s also a rapper.

 

 24 Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States

 25 Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Bryce Harper is an American baseball player who currently plays for the Philadelphia Phillies of MLB. Renowned for hitting home runs on Opening Day, Harper holds a unique record of being the first player in the history of MLB to hit five home runs on Opening Days before the age of 25.

 26 Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Urban Meyer is an American football coach who is currently serving as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars which competes in the NFL. He has also coached college football teams like the Ohio State Buckeyes, helping the team win its maiden Big Ten Conference title. He has also worked as an analyst for popular TV networks like Fox Sports.

 27 David Ortiz

David Ortiz
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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.

 28 Frank Thomas

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

 29 Tony Gwynn

Tony Gwynn
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: May 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 16, 2014

 30 Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manakin-Sabot, Virginia

Justin Verlander is an American baseball player who has played for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. An eight-time MLB All-Star, Verlander has won prestigious awards like the Babe Ruth Award. He has also been an important member of the US national team, helping his side win the silver medal at the 2003 Pan American Games.

 31 Mariano Rivera

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

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.

 32 Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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.

 33 Chipper Jones

Chipper Jones
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 24, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: DeLand, Florida, USA

 34 Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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Famous As: Former Basketball player at point guard position
Birthdate: March 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 35 Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: May 28, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lincoln County, Oklahoma, United States
Died: March 28, 1953

Jim Thorpe was an American athlete who was counted among the most versatile athletes of the modern era. Jim Thorpe won two gold medals at the 1912 Olympics and became the first Native American to give the United States an Olympic gold. He also played American football, professional baseball, and basketball. He was memorialized in the 1951 film Jim Thorpe – All-American.

 36 Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: March 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

An eight-time MLB All-Star, Clayton Kershaw is an American professional baseball player, often described as the best pitcher in the history of baseball. Also known for his humanitarian work, Clayton Kershaw has been honored with the Branch Rickey Award and Roberto Clemente Award. A prolific donator, Kershaw donated $260,000 to build an orphanage called Hope's Home.

 37 Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States

 38 Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza
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Famous As: Professional Baseball catcher
Birthdate: September 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

Currently the manager of the Italian national baseball team, Mike Pizza played in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for sixteen seasons, winning a total of ten Silver Slugger Awards. Beginning his career with Los Angeles Dodgers, he exploded on the national season in the very next year, eventually joining New York Mets, recording 427 home runs during his spectacular MLB career.

 39 John Elway

John Elway
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: June 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Port Angeles, Washington, United States

 40 Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: April 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Angelo, Texas, USA

 41 José Fernández

José Fernández
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Clara, Cuba
Died: September 25, 2016

José Fernández was a Cuban-American baseball player who played for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball from 2013 to 2016. Renowned for his skills as a pitcher, José had four pitches in his armory: a four-seam fastball, a slurve, a changeup, and a sinker. He died at the age of 24 when a speedboat, which he was piloting, crashed.

 42 Cal Ripken Jr.

Cal Ripken Jr.
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Famous As: Baseball Shortstop
Birthdate: August 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Havre de Grace, Maryland

 43 Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: October 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

 44 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, United States
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.

 45 Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

 46 Markelle Fultz

Markelle Fultz
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: May 29, 1998
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States

 47 Charley Pride

Charley Pride
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

 48 Pedro Martínez

Pedro Martínez
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: October 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic

 49 Dikembe Mutombo

Dikembe Mutombo
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 25, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

 50 Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: January 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, United States