Baseball players from Illinois

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  1. Curtis Granderson

    Curtis Granderson


    Curtis Granderson, Jr. (born March 16, 1981) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has also played in MLB for the Detroit Tigers (2004–2009) and the New York Yankees (2010–2013).

  2. Wes Parker

    Wes Parker


    Maurice Wesley Parker III (born November 13, 1939) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1964 to 1972. He also played one season in Japan for the Nankai Hawks in 1974.

  3. Kirby Puckett

    Kirby Puckett


    Anthony Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 – March 6, 2006) was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire 12-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career playing as a center fielder for the Minnesota Twins (1984–1995). Puckett is the Twins' all-time leader in career hits, runs, doubles, and total bases. At the time of his retirement, his .318 career batting average was the highest by any right-handed American League batter since Joe DiMaggio.

  4. George Halas

    George Halas


    George Stanley Halas, Sr. (February 2, 1895 – October 31, 1983), nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr. Everything", was a player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football. He was the iconic founder and owner of the National Football League's Chicago Bears. He was also lesser known as an inventor, jurist, producer, philanthropist, philatelist, and Major League Baseball player. Most notably, he is considered one of the original co-founders of the National Football League (NFL) in 1922.

  5. Jim Thome

    Jim Thome


    James Howard "Jim" Thome (/ˈtmi/; born August 27, 1970) is a retired American baseball player who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB), from 1991 to 2012. He played for six different teams, most notably the Cleveland Indians during the 1990s and the Philadelphia Phillies in the early 2000s. A prolific power hitter, Thome hit 612 home runs during his career—the seventh most all time—along with 2,328 hits, 1,699 runs batted in (RBIs), and a .276 batting average. He was a member of five All-Star teams and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1996.

  6. Mike Marshall

    Mike Marshall


    Michael Allen Marshall (born January 12, 1960 in Libertyville, Illinois) is a former professional baseball outfielder. He played all or part of eleven seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1981 to 1991. He played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, both of the National League, and the Boston Red Sox and California Angels, both of the American League. He also played one season in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Nippon Ham Fighters in 1992. Marshall served as president and general manager of the Chico Outlaws of the North American League. Marshall is now commissioner of the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs.

  7. Joe Girardi

    Joe Girardi


    Joseph Elliott Girardi (born October 14, 1964) is an American professional baseball manager for the New York Yankees. Formerly a catcher, Girardi played for the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2006, he managed the Florida Marlins and was named the National League Manager of the Year.

  8. Ben Howard

    Ben Howard


    Benjamin Richard Howard (born January 15, 1979 in Danville, Illinois) is a Major League Baseball pitcher.

  9. Shawn Green

    Shawn Green


    Shawn David Green (born November 10, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball right-fielder. Green was a 1st round draft pick and a two-time major league All-Star. He drove in 100 runs four times and scored 100 runs four times, hit 40 or more home runs three times, led the league in doubles, extra base hits, and total bases, won both a Gold Glove Award and a Silver Slugger Award, and set the Dodgers single-season record in home runs. Green was also in the top five in the league in home runs, RBIs, intentional walks, and MVP voting.

  10. Rickey Henderson

    Rickey Henderson


    Rickey Nelson Henley Henderson (born December 25, 1958) is a retired American baseball left fielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for nine teams from 1979 to 2003, including four stints with his original team, the Oakland Athletics. Nicknamed "The Man of Steal", he is widely regarded as the sport's greatest leadoff hitter and baserunner. He holds the major league records for career stolen bases, runs, unintentional walks and leadoff home runs. At the time of his last major league game in 2003, the ten-time American League (AL) All-Star ranked among the sport's top 100 all-time home run hitters and was its all-time leader in base on balls. In 2009, he was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot appearance.

  11. Brian Daubach

    Brian Daubach


    Brian Michael Daubach (born February 11, 1972) is a retired Major League Baseball player and current minor league baseball manager. During his playing career Daubach served as a first baseman, outfielder, and designated hitter. He is currently the manager of the Double-A Harrisburg Senators of the Eastern League.

  12. Ted Kluszewski

    Ted Kluszewski


    Theodore Bernard "Big Klu" Kluszewski (September 10, 1924 – March 29, 1988) was an American Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman who spent most of his 15-year career playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

  13. Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth


    Jayson Richard Gowan Werth (born May 20, 1979) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has previously played for the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies. He bats and throws right-handed. Primarily a right fielder throughout his career, Werth has mainly played left field for the Nationals in 2015.

  14. Jason Isringhausen

    Jason Isringhausen


    Jason Derik Isringhausen (/ˈɪzrɪŋhzɪn/ born September 7, 1972) is an American former professional baseball pitcher and coach. He pitched in Major League Baseball from 1995 through 2012 for the New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, St Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

  15. Greg Luzinski

    Greg Luzinski


    Gregory Michael "The Bull" Luzinski (born November 22, 1950) is a former professional baseball player.

  16. Sean Lawrence

    Sean Lawrence


    Sean Christopher Lawrence (born September 2, 1970 in Oak Park, Illinois) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He played during one season at the major league level for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was drafted by the Pirates in the 6th round of the 1992 amateur draft. Lawrence played his first professional season with their Class A (Short Season) Welland Pirates in 1992, and his last season with the Triple-A affiliates of the Arizona Diamondbacks (Tucson Sidewinders) and San Diego Padres (Portland Beavers) in 2001.

  17. Gary Gaetti

    Gary Gaetti


    Gary Joseph Gaetti (ˈɡ.ɛti; born August 19, 1958), nicknamed "G-Man", "Rat", or "Zorn", is an American former third baseman in Major League Baseball for the Minnesota Twins (1981–1990), California Angels (1991–1993), Kansas City Royals (1993–1995), St. Louis Cardinals (1996–1998), Chicago Cubs (1998–1999) and Boston Red Sox (2000).

  18. Bret Saberhagen

    Bret Saberhagen


    Bret William Saberhagen (ˈsbərhɡɨn; born April 11, 1964) is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher.

  19. Red Schoendienst

    Red Schoendienst


    Albert Fred "Red" Schoendienst (/ˈʃndnst/; born February 2, 1923) is an American Major League Baseball (MLB) coach, and former player and manager. An outstanding second baseman, he played for 19 years with the St. Louis Cardinals (1945–56, 1961–63), New York Giants (1956–57) and Milwaukee Braves (1957–60), and was named to 10 All Star teams. He then managed the Cardinals from 1965 through 1976, the second-longest managerial tenure in the team's history (behind Tony La Russa). Under his direction, St. Louis won the 1967 and 1968 National League pennants and the 1967 World Series, and he was named National League Manager of the Year in both 1967 and 1968. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Schoendienst remains with the Cardinals as a special assistant coach; as of 2015 he has worn a Major League uniform as a player, coach, or manager for 70 consecutive seasons.

  20. Lou Boudreau

    Lou Boudreau


    Louis "Lou" Boudreau (July 17, 1917 – August 10, 2001) was an American Major League Baseball player and manager. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1970. He was also a radio announcer for the Chicago Cubs of the National League.

  21. Fred Lynn

    Fred Lynn


    Fredric Michael "Fred" Lynn (born February 3, 1952) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Boston Red Sox (1974–1980), California Angels (1981–1984), Baltimore Orioles (1985–1988), Detroit Tigers (1988–1989) and San Diego Padres (1990). He is best known for being the first player to win the Rookie of the Year award and MVP in the same season.

  22. Robin Yount

    Robin Yount


    Robin R. Yount (ˈjɒnt; nicknamed,"The Kid", and "Rockin' Robin", born September 16, 1955) is an American former professional baseball player. He spent his entire 20-year career in Major League Baseball as a shortstop and center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers (1974–1993).

  23. Amy Irene Applegren

    Amy Irene Applegren


    Amy Irene "Lefty" Applegren (November 16, 1926 – April 3, 2011) was an American baseball pitcher and infielder who played from 1944 through 1953 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5'4, 125 lb., she batted and threw left-handed.

  24. Jim Bottomley

    Jim Bottomley


    James Leroy Bottomley (April 23, 1900 – December 11, 1959) was an American professional baseball player. A first baseman, Bottomley played in Major League Baseball from 1922 through 1937 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and St. Louis Browns. He also served as player-manager for the Browns in 1937.

  25. Scott Spiezio

    Scott Spiezio


    Scott Edward Spiezio (/ˈspzi./; born September 21, 1972) is a former Major League Baseball infielder. He was most recently an infielder for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League in 2010. He is well known for his time as a member of the Anaheim Angels, when he hit a 3-run home run in Game Six of the 2002 World Series against the San Francisco Giants, sparking the Angels to a dramatic come-from-behind victory. He has also played for the Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, and St. Louis Cardinals. He is the son of former Padre and Cardinal Ed Spiezio.

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