Baseball Players

Baseball players are the sports persons who are skilled at playing baseball and play the game as an amateur or professional.  Baseball is a bat and ball game that is played between two teams consisting of nine players each. The teams take turns batting and fielding. Baseball in its modern form evolved from a series of older bat and ball games in England in the 18th century and later spread to different parts of the world. Baseball became the national sport of the U.S. by the late 19th century and is today popular in North America, Central and South America, East Asia and Europe. Baseball is a sport of precision. The end result of a game depends heavily on the accuracy of the players—a pitcher’s throw, the batter’s swing of a bat, and the runners’ speed. Baseball players should adopt a multi-dimensional approach towards training as they need to develop their explosive strength, build their core strength and improve their agility and feet movement. A baseball player's diet is also of great significance. Proper nutrition and consumption of adequate amounts of fluids is essential for enabling the players to reach their highest level of performance. Read on to learn about the life and works of various famous baseball players from all over the world.

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 1 Billy Beane

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Famous As: Former Baseball Player & Administrator
Birthdate: March 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

A former professional baseball player, Billy Beane went on to become a front office executive, a position which he has used to apply statistical analysis called sabermetrics to baseball. This has proved to be a game-changer as teams are now evaluating players based on this statistical analysis. His career inspired the film Moneyball where he was played by Brad Pitt.

 2 Nate Robinson

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Famous As: Basketball player, American football player, Businessperson, Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 31, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 3 Charley Pride

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 2020

 4 Mookie Betts

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: October 7, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 5 Deion Sanders

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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: August 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 

 6 Clayton Kershaw

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Famous As: Baseball Pitcher
Birthdate: March 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

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 7 Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez
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Famous As: Baseball shortstop
Birthdate: July 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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. 

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 8 Randy Arozarena

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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: February 28, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Cuban
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 9 Tim Tebow

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Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: August 14, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
New York Mets baseball player Tim Tebow was previously a successful football player. The former Florida Gators quarterback later played for the Denver Broncos, helping them reach the 2011 playoffs and win their first AFC West title. He is known for “Tebowing,” his signature style of praying on the field. 

 10 Babe Ruth

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Birthdate: February 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.
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 11 Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson
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Famous As: Professional baseball player
Birthdate: January 31, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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.

 12 Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: September 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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
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 13 Joe DiMaggio

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Famous As: American Baseball Star
Birthdate: November 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 14 Tony La Russa

Tony La Russa
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 4, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 15 Julio Urías

Julio Urías
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: August 12, 1996
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Mexican

 16 Cody Bellinger

Cody Bellinger
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: July 13, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

First baseman and outfielder Cody Bellinger, son of former MLB player Clay Bellinger, led the Los Angeles Dodgers to their first World Series win in 30 years, in 2020. The two-time All-Star was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2017 and the National League MVP in 2019.

 17 Derek Jeter

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts
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Famous As: age 43
Birthdate: May 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese
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 19 Justin Turner

Justin Turner
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 20 Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson
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Famous As: Former Baseball & Football Player
Birthdate: November 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

 21 Whitey Ford

Whitey Ford
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: October 21, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 22 Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 23 Urban Meyer

Urban Meyer
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Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 24 Scott Hatteberg

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: December 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Scott Hatteberg is an American former baseball player who played as a first baseman and catcher. In an illustrious Major League Baseball (MLB) career that spanned 13 years, Scott Hatteberg played for popular teams like the Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, and Boston Red Sox. He also represented the US national baseball team at the 1990 Baseball World Cup.

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 25 Karl Malone

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

 26 Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach
Birthdate: March 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 27 John Elway

John Elway
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Famous As: Baseball player, American football player
Birthdate: June 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 28 Andre Iguodala

Andre Iguodala
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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 29 Chuck Connors

Chuck Connors
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas
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Famous As: Basketball player, Basketball coach, Consultant
Birthdate: April 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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 31 Dusty Baker

Dusty Baker
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Famous As: Baseball manager, Baseball player
Birthdate: June 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 32 Kevin Love

Kevin Love
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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 33 Tommy Lasorda

Tommy Lasorda
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: September 22, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 34 Ji-man Choi

Ji-man Choi
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: May 19, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: South Korean

 35 Phil Niekro

Phil Niekro
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 36 Bing Russell

Bing Russell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
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.

 37 Lou Gehrig

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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: June 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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.

 38 Steven Adams

Steven Adams
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Famous As: basketball player
Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: New Zealander

 39 David Justice

David Justice
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 40 Ray Allen

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

 41 Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett
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Famous As: basketball player
Birthdate: March 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 42 Metta World Peace

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

 43 Mickey Mantle

Mickey Mantle
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: October 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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. 

 44 Theo Epstein

Theo Epstein
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Famous As: American baseball executive
Birthdate: December 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 45 Patrick Ewing

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

 46 Ted Williams

Ted Williams
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: August 30, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
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.

 47 Mike Trout

Mike Trout
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: August 7, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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

 48 Scott Patterson

Scott Patterson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 49 Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: December 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 50 Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr.
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: November 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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