George Herman Ruth, Jr., better known as Babe Ruth, was a professional baseball player credited to have changed the game itself. A highly talented player he enjoyed a long and productive career that lasted for 22 seasons from 1914 through 1935. He was one of the most prolific hitters in the history of the game and had set such lofty career records that it took years for them to be surpassed. One of the best players to have ever graced the game, he made baseball very popular during the era he played in; he was the reigning star of the world of sports during the 1920s. Even as a student Ruth had a natural talent for playing baseball and his skills were recognized by a monk at his school who invited Jack Dunn, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles to watch the boy play. Impressed, Dunn became the boy's mentor and guardian and had him sign a professional contract. Thus began the legendary journey of this great player and there was no looking back”Ruth would go on to become one of the most admired and respected sportsperson not just in America but also in the whole world. He was among the first five players to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play the Major League Baseball, is one of the most inspirational and towering figures of the 20th century. Withstanding the racial segregation prevalent during his time, Robinson proved to the world that the spirit of a game has nothing to do with color or race. Not only he set an example but also helped a whole generation of young African-American players enter the Major Baseball League. For him, baseball was more than a game - it was a medium to express his views on racism and to show that he was no different from anyone else in the team. However, his journey from a discriminated baseball player to one of the highly-recognized players was quite audacious. As he played for the Dodgers, he faced several threats and was even booed by the audiences. Even his family was not spared, but Robinson had only one thought in his mind “ to play his game no matter what. And so he did! He emerged as one of the greatest players in the history of American baseball, who survived racial discrimination impeding their path. After so many achievements and records, he was bestowed with several honors and many institutions were set up in his name.
Derek Jeter is a legendary baseball player who has played 19 seasons with the Major League Baseball. He has won the World Series five times and is a central figure in the history of this sport. Regarded as one of the most valuable players, Jeter is a greatly marketed athlete from around the world. In the past decade, he has been the leading scorer for his team - the New York Yankees. He is an accomplished professional and is an idol and a sensation among many nascent players. His career graph has been consistent throughout and he has contributed to the Yankees' successes through all odds. With a .351 batting average, he is placed among the best in the United States of America and has earned a number of distinguished accolades and honours in his sporting career. One of the major career highlights of this sportsperson was during the World Series against the Braves. Since then, he has been solely instrumental in leading the Yankees' to a number of World wins. Today, Derek Jeter is simply known as ˜The Captain' for his never-say-die attitude and his unbeatable records. He is also the 23rd member of the 3,000 hits club and the fourth youngest player to reach this landmark.
Mike Trout is an upcoming American professional baseball player who plays for the ˜Arizona Angels.' He made his professional debut playing for the ˜Angels' in the ˜Arizona League.' He was their third-best prospect and ˜Baseball America's 85th-best all-rounder. He was named a ˜Baseball America All-Star' and a ˜Topps Class A All-Star' at the age of 19. Trout made his major-league debut for the ˜Los Angeles Angels' and became the team's youngest player to hit two home runs in one game. He was the second-youngest ˜All-Star Game Most Valuable Player' (MVP) after Ken Griffey Jr. and has created many more records. He was unanimously voted as the ˜American League MVP'. ˜Sports Illustrated' has rated him as the number one baseball player, and he has been named as a starting outfielder in the current ˜Major League Baseball All-Star Game.' Despite becoming famous, Mike has remained grounded and attached to his family. He dated Jessica Cox since his high-school days and recently got married to her after knowing her for 11 years. He is one of American professional baseball's most promising players and has a bright future ahead of him. He is active on social media and has a large fan base.
Kristopher Lee Bryant is one of the leading figures of the contemporary American baseball world. A third baseman as well as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball, he is one of the most significant players of the country. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bryant began playing baseball during his school days. He played brilliantly during his sophomore year, which earned him the name of a first-team ˜All-American' by ˜Baseball America.' Currently playing for the Chicago Cubs, Bryant has earned several awards throughout his career, including ˜Baseball American College Player of the Year Award' ˜Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year', and ˜Dick Howser Trophy'. He made his major league debut in baseball at the age of 23 and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award the same year. With his excellent performances, it did not take him long to become a highly popular baseball player on the international scenario. A fast and rapid player, he poses a tough challenge to his opponents. Along with being one of the most talented players, Kris also carries an extremely good physique.
Bryce Harper is a well-known American baseball right-fielder who plays for the Washington Nationals of the Major League Baseball. He was chosen by the team during the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. In his stint with them so far, he has proved his worth as an efficient player. He was ranked as a top-3 prospect by the prospect watchers, such as Baseball America, MLB.com, and Prospectus. He also got selected for the 2012 All-Star Game, which made him the youngest position player to have ever been selected. He was awarded the ˜NL Rookie of the Year' the same year. Over the course of his career, he has also won other awards such as the ˜NL Hank Aaron Award' and the ˜Silver Slugger Award'. Standing 6 feet and three inches tall, he is quite good looking and has a huge fan base. He is currently married to Kayla Varner. His brother Bryan Harper is also a pitcher for the Washington Nationals.
Aaron James Judge is an American professional baseball outfielder. He currently plays for the New York Yankees of the Major League Baseball. Standing at six feet and seven inches, he is one of the largest players physically to play in the major leagues. Born and raised in Linden, California, he studied at Linden High School, where he used to excel in sports. He was also a member of the Linden High School team that made it to the Division III playoffs at the California Interscholastic Federation. He was selected in the 31st round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, but he chose to enroll at the California State University and instead play for the Fresno State Bulldogs baseball team. He was eventually drafted in the first round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees, who had been tracking his career for the past three years. Over the next few years, he proved to be a valuable asset for the team. The awards he has received include the ˜Silver Slugger Award' and the ˜Players Choice Award'.
Alexander Emmanuel "Alex" Rodriguez, famously known as "A-Rod", is an American professional baseball infielder for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Before playing for Yankees, he used to play for Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. He was involved with baseball from a very young age and is considered as one of the best baseball players that American baseball has ever seen. With his record breaking 500 home runs, Rodriguez has put his name at the top of all-time leaders in home runs list. He has taken himself and his team to places that Major League Baseball was not prepared to deal with, becoming a powerful phenomenon in baseball. His career is full of awards, record breaking achievements and accolades but is also clouded with controversies over using performance enhancing drugs, getting involved with underground poker games, cocaine consumption, etc. He has always been the favorite topic for tabloid gossip because of his illicit sexual affairs with madams, prostitutes and exotic dancers. Recently, he has been banned from the games for 2013 and 2014 for his prominent involvement in the Biogenesis Scandal. Nonetheless, Rodriguez's aspiration to outdo greatness and define his time is yet to take his baseball career to greater heights.
David Americo Ortiz Arias, popularly known as ˜Big Papi', is a Dominican-American professional baseball player, the designated hitter, with the Boston Red Sox of Major league Baseball. He formally played for Minnesota Twins for a few years before joining Red Sox for good. He is also known as the heart of the Boston Red Sox's offensive machine, due to his huge frame and talent to hit larger than life home runs. He is undoubtedly the most famous and intimidating players of baseball in the United States. As a young boy, Ortiz had a special liking for the game as his father played baseball for years in Dominican pro and semipro leagues. Due to his huge physic, he was pushed into basketball in his high school but the love of baseball earned him a contract by the Seattle Mariners who then traded him off to the Minnesota Twins. Soon Ortiz's talent was recognized by the Major league Baseball and the Boston Red Sox hired him to play sporadically for them as pinch hitter. But later, he was given a chance to play a season as the designated hitter and he never looked back after that. Ortiz is a nine-time All-Star, a three-time World Series champion and he holds the Red Sox single-season record for home runs with 54 and also an all-time leader in MLB history for home runs (381), RBIs (1,245) and hits (1,758) by a DH.
Anthony Rizzo is an American professional baseball player. He currently plays for the ˜Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball' (MLB) as a first baseman. He made his ˜MLB' debut in 2011 with the ˜San Diego Padres' after he was selected in the sixth round of the ˜2007 MLB Draft.' He was first selected by the ˜Boston Red Sox' but was traded to the ˜San Diego Padres' after the 2010 season. He was again traded to the ˜Cubs,' in 2012. Rizzo became the first ˜Chicago Cubs' player to have three game winning RBI's (Run Batted In) in his first five games. In 2013, he signed a $41 million deal with the ˜Cubs' for 7 years. In the same year, he played in the ˜World Baseball Classic' for Italy. In 2014, he played his first ˜All-Star' game. He is also a three time ˜All-Star.' He is the recipient of ˜Silver Slugger Award,' ˜Gold Glove,' and ˜Platinum Glove Award' among many others. In 2016, he helped his team win their first ever ˜World Series' title, a win that came after 100 years for the ˜Cubs.'
First baseman who debuted with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017. He quickly took the MLB by storm, hitting a remarkable 20 home runs in his first 51 major league games. He was named 2017 NL Rookie of the Year and he helped the Dodgers reach the 2017 World Series.
JosÃ© Miguel Cabrera Torres, better known as Miguel Cabrera or by his nickname Miggy, is a Venezuelan professional baseball player, who is currently the first baseman for the ˜Major League Baseball' team ˜Detroit Tigers'. Initially trained by his uncle, former St. Louis Cardinals player David Torres, he travelled to the United States when he was 15 and joined ˜Florida Marlins' as an amateur free agent. A year later, he began his professional career in the minor leagues. In his debut season in the major leagues in 2003, he was instrumental in the Marlin's ˜World Series' victory. In 2008, he signed an eight year, $152.3 million contract with Tigers after being traded to them. Considered to be one of the best pure hitters of all time with two ˜American League Most Valuable Player' awards, 458 career home runs, 2,595 hits, 1,598 RBI, and .319 batting average, he is a rare batter who combines analytical skills with raw power and has the ability to hit the ball to all fields. He is well-respected for how he conducts himself both on and off the field, having been nominated twice for the ˜Roberto Clemente Award' by his teammates.
Bo Jackson is an American former baseball and football player and the only sportsperson to be named an All-Star in two major sports. When he decided to play both professional baseball and football concurrently, he became the most recognized professional athlete to participate in more than one sport. All of America knew him simply by his first name, ˜Bo', due to a hugely successful national advertising campaign with ˜Nike', the ˜Bo Knows' series. He played some amazing football for the ˜Los Angeles Raiders' of the ˜National Football League' (NFL) and an equally astounding baseball for the ˜Kansas City Royals', the ˜Chicago White Sox', and the ˜California Angels' in the ˜Major League Baseball' (MLB). A critical hip injury ended his football career mid-way; however he did manage to return to baseball until his retirement. Jackson's speed and power on both the baseball diamond and the football field were legendary; earning him awards and respect. "I never set out to be a Hall of Fame baseball player or Hall of Fame football player. I just loved to play. Period," said Bo Jackson on ESPN Classic's ˜Sports-Century' series. Although his injury prevented him from fully realizing his athletic potential on the professional level, Jackson was nevertheless a cultural sensation who made a significant impact on the history of American sports.
All-Star MLB pitcher who won the 2011, 2013 and 2014 National League <a title='Cy Young' href='/famous/cy-young.htm'>Cy Young</a> Awards and the 2014 NL MVP Award with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He helped the Dodgers reach the World Series in 2017.
Buster Posey is an American professional baseball player, who plays for the ˜San Francisco Giants.' He got his nickname from his father, who also played professional baseball. During his college days he played for Florida State Seminoles at shortstop as a freshman and played as a catcher during sophomore. While he was still in college he started playing as shortstop for ˜Yamouth Dennis Red Sox' and later played as a catcher for the team. He was drafted by the ˜San Francisco Giants' and assigned to their Class A Advanced affiliate to play in the ˜California League' and got promoted to the Class AAA team called ˜Fresno Grizzlies' within a year. He made his major league debut as a replacement for ˜Bengie Molina' in a match against the ˜Los Angeles Dodgers.' Posey has played six ˜All- Star' games and three ˜World Series Championships' with a batting average of .307, 133 home runs, and 634 runs batted in. He has won four ˜Silver Slugger' awards and a ˜Gold Glove' award during his career. He is married to Kristen and has twins.
Venezuelan second baseman who had a breakout 2014 season with the Houston Astros, leading the American League in stolen bases and becoming the first Astro ever to win a batting title by hitting .341. He won two more AL batting titles in 2016 and 2017 as well as the AL MVP award in 2017 and he helped the Astros win the 2017 World Series title.
Shortstop who was selected 18th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 2016. He helped the Dodgers reach the World Series in 2017.
Puerto Rican second baseman who joined the Chicago Cubs in 2014, where he became the youngest player in the National League. In 2016, he helped the Cubs win the franchise's first World Series Championship since 1908.
Hall of fame pitcher known for his spitballs. He spent 22 years in the majors, winning 314 games, striking out 3,534 batters and posting a career 3.11 ERA.
All-Star MLB third baseman who represented the New York Mets in five straight All-Star games from 2006 to 2010. He won his first gold glove award in 2007 and was named captain of the Mets in 2013. He helped the Mets reach the World Series in 2015, where they were defeated in 5 games by the Kansas City Royals.
MLB outfielder and second baseman who began his major league career with the Boston Red Sox in 2014. He made his first All-Star game in 2016, a year in which he hit 31 home runs to go along with 113 RBIs, 122 runs and a .318 batting average.
All-Star MLB outfielder who led the major leagues in home runs in 2010 and 2011 while playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. In 2018, he signed with the New York Mets.
MLB pitcher nicknamed The Condor who began his career with the Chicago White Sox in 2010 and was selected to his first All-Star game in 2012. After the 2016 season, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox.