Ran across one of those clickbait lists of the best MLB player born in each state. I didn’t go through all 50 states, but I thought some of their choices were interesting. The best MLB player from Alabama wasn’t Hank Aaron, but that’s only because Willie Mays was also born in Alabama. And the best player from California was Ted Williams, over seemingly millions of others including Joe DiMaggio and Barry Bonds.
The best from Arkansas? I happen to agree with their choice, but there’s certainly room for debate. Who do you think it was, or who should it have been?
Bill Dickey was born in Bastrop, Louisiana, so he doesn’t count for purposes of this list. His younger brother Skeets, who isn’t in the Hall of Fame, was born in Arkansas.
By the way, only six people enshrined in Cooperstown were born in Arkansas.
EDIT: I was very surprised to find that Virginia, with a population much greater than Arkansas, has only five HOF players, and four of those were from the Negro League. Only one native Virginian actually reached Cooperstown through MLB. There are 329 people in the Hall, and not all of them were born in the US, so the average state is going to have about 6-point-something HOF members. California has 26, which I’m sure is the largest contingent. Texas has 17. Louisiana has only five, including Bill Dickey.
I found one published by CBS Sports. It lists the best player and then three runners-up. I agree with the best - Brooks Robinson. The three runners-up - Arky Vaughn, Willie Davis, Torii Hunter.
It’s as though they aren’t counting Lou Brock as being born in El Dorado. His stats are better than Willie Davis almost across the board. Torii Hunter and Arky Vaughn stand up pretty well based on stats. George Kell and Travis Jackson could also easily be included in the top 4 or 5 players.
Dizzy Dean is mentioned by a poster in this thread. Dizzy is the only HOF pitcher from Arkansas… other notables are A.J. Burnett, Lon Warneke, and Cliff Lee.
Hope this doesn’t spoil your “quiz” Swine. The one you found may be different and I was just surprised to see Willie Davis included in the top 4. It’s a fun topic.
My favorite player growing up, so I’ll say Brooks. Also, I met him a couple times and watched many of his games in person in Baltimore. He played on some great, great teams. I always played to a jersey #5 too, which is also my birthday.
Unfortunately, it’s hard not to say Dizzy’s not the best, but Brooksy was special to me.