Thursday, November 1, 2012
Exploring baseball's hotbeds and hot destinations
Florida's resume, on the other hand, is surprisingly light on elite talent. Lefthander Steve Carlton was the only player born in the Sunshine State to show up on both The Sporting News and SABR's 1999 lists of the game's top 100 players. Negro League great Pop Lloyd, regarded by some as one of the best shortstops to ever play, center fielder Andre Dawson, and catcher Al Lopez, like Carlton, are enshrined in Cooperstown, though Lopez went in on the strength of his managerial career.
As hard as it may be to believe, Florida is looking up at Nebraska and Oklahoma when it comes to Hall of Famers born within its borders. And states like New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Ohio, Massachusetts, Alabama, and Maryland all can boast more plaques.
For lineups from these states and more on Jensen's book, see my full review on BaseballAmerica.com.