The all-time best baseball players from Pennsylvania have certainly made a lasting impact on the sport, both in the sheer number of their presence as well as the quality of their contributions. While most sports fans readily associate the state of Pennsylvania with the number of athletes that have participated in professional football, the state has produced over 1,000 players that have gone on to the big leagues with 18 players and managers in the Hall of Fame.
Here’s a look at a few of the best all-time baseball players from Pennsylvania:
Stan Musial – “Stan The Man” was born in Donora, Pennsylvania and had a marvelous 22 year career that is equaled by few in baseball history. Musial finished with gaudy statistics – 3,630 hits, 1,949 runs scored, 725 doubles, 177 triples, 425 home runs, 1,951 runs batted in and a .331 batting average.
Honus Wagner – Possibly the greatest shortstop of all-time, Wagner was born in Chartiers, Pennsylvania. This Pittsburgh Pirate great ended his career with 3,420 hits, 643 doubles, 1,739 runs scored, 1,733 runs batted in and a .328 batting average.
Reggie Jackson – Among the top power-hitters of his time, Jackson was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. While playing for several teams most notably the New York Yankees, Jackson compiled 2,584 hits, over 1,000 extra-base hits including 563 home runs, 1,702 runs batted in and a .262 career batting average.
Ken Griffey Jr. – “The Kid” was born in Donora, Pennslyvania and is widely considered one of the best all-around outfielders of all-time. To date, Griffey Jr. has 2,781 hits, 630 home runs, 1,836 runs batted in and a .284 career batting average to go along with hundreds of outstanding defensive plays to his credit.
Christy Mathewson – For 17 seasons from 1900 to 1916 this Factoryville, Pennsylvania native was the dominant starting pitcher of his generation. Mathewson had a 373-188 won/lost record with a 2.13 earned run average, 4,788 innings pitched and 435 complete games.
Nellie Fox – Born in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania Fox played for 19 great seasons from 1947 to 1965. An outstanding second baseman, Fox amassed 2,663 hits, 1,279 runs scored and a .288 career batting average.
Other Pennsylvania players worthy of inclusion: Roy Campanella, Monte Ward, Hack Wilson, Mike Mussina, Dick Allen, Jamie Moyer, Dick Allen, Buddy Bell, Jack Clark, Jake Daubert, and Del Ennis.