Five Best: Big Ten Major Leaguers, HOFers

July 15, 2012

B1G Baseball, Five Best

They play baseball in the Big Ten, too.

Beginning tomorrow, the Daily Big Ten will look at the five best Major Leaguers throughout history from each of the Big Ten schools. The series will run over the next two weeks, starting alphabetically with Illinois.

For some schools, it’s pretty easy to point to the best five. Others have proven difficult – both because there are quite a few quality players (Michigan) and next to none (Indiana).

To get us started, let’s take a look at how many Major Leaguers and Hall of Famers each Big Ten school has produced (whether they were in the Big Ten at the time or not):

School Players HOFers
Illinois 71 1
Indiana 22 0
Iowa 26 1
Michigan 78 3
Michigan State 38 1
Minnesota 33 2
Nebraska 39 0
Northwestern 22 0
Ohio State 54 0
Penn State 29 1
Purdue 20 0
Wisconsin 25 1

That’s 457 players and 10 Hall of Famers in more than 140 years – which isn’t terrible for schools in cold-weather states that are far better known for their basketball and football programs. By comparison, USC has had 107 Major Leaguers, Texas 103 and Arizona State 102 – not all that more than Michigan and Illinois.

So, come back and take a look at the series. You’ll get numbers, old-time baseball cards and links to videos.


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2 Comments on “Five Best: Big Ten Major Leaguers, HOFers”

  1. Gopher Bandanna Guy Says:

    Let’s just call this conversation what it is, George Sisler/Barry Larkin vs. Dave Winfield/Paul Molitor.

    As a non-B1G side note, if Barry Larkin is a HOFer, then Alan Trammell is getting the shaft.


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