The following is a list of the states in the United States that produced the the most major league baseball players. That is, the states that have the most major league baseball players who were born in those states.
The list includes all major league baseball players from the past to the present time. I’ve also listed how each of the top ten states ranks in the United States in terms of total population, so you can get a feel for which states have over-produced major league baseball players.
Finally, I’ve also listed baseball greats from each of the states listed below. I’m a big major league baseball fan and find it very interesting to see which states have produced the most baseball talent. Hope you enjoy the list.
States in the United States with the Most Major League Baseball Players
1. California – 2,082
Led by Baseball Hall of Fame greats like Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Tom Seaver, Randy Johnson, and Eddie Murray, more major league baseball players were born in the state of California, 2,082 to date, than any other state.
California leads in major league players for two reasons. The state has the largest population of any state in the country, and the weather in most of California is nice all year round so players can play and practice baseball all the time.
2. Pennsylvania – 1,390
Even though it only ranks sixth in population size and the weather is not conducive to year-round play, the state of Pennsylvania has produced the second most major league baseball players at 1,390. Baseball greats who were born in Pennsylvania include players like Christy Mathewson, Ken Griffey, Jr., Reggie Jackson, and Stan Musial.
3. New York – 1,178
New York State has the third largest population in the United States, and has the third most major league baseball players at 1,178. Baseball greats born in New York include Alex Rodriguez, Jim Palmer, Warren Spahn, Whitey Ford, Lou Gehrig, Carl Yastrzemski, and Hank Greenberg.
4. Illinois – 1,035
Illinois has the fifth largest overall population in the country, and the fourth most major league baseball players at 1,035. Baseball greats born in Illinois include Rickey Henderson, Jim Thome, Robin Roberts, and Red Ruffing.
5. Ohio – 1,009
Ohio has the seventh largest population in the United States, and the fifth most major league baseball players. Baseball Hall of Fame players born in Ohio include Mike Schmidt, Barry Larkin, Cy Young, Phil Niekro, and George Sisler.
6. Texas – 857
Texas has the second largest population in the country, and the sixth most major league baseball players. Baseball greats born in Texas include Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks, Joe Morgan, Eddie Mathews, Rogers Hornsby, Tris Speaker, Greg Maddux, and Nolan Ryan.
7. Massachusetts – 651
The state of Massachusetts has just the 14th most population of any state in the United States, but Massachusetts has the seventh most major league baseball players at 651. Baseball greats born in Massachusetts include Mickey Cochrane, Jeff Bagwell, Tom Glavine, and Connie Mack.
8. Missouri – 593
Even though Missouri is just the 18th most populated state in the country, the eighth most major league baseball players were born in Missouri with a total of 593. Baseball greats born in Missouri include Yogi Berra, Zack Wheat, Casey Stengel, and Hall of Fame pitchers Pud Galvin and Carl Hubbell.
9. Florida – 458
Florida has the fourth largest population, and the ninth most major league players at 458. Baseball greats born in the Sunshine State include Andre Dawson, Chipper Jones, Steve Carlton, and Dwight Gooden, who was as good a pitcher as anybody in major league baseball history at the age of 20.
10. Michigan – 424
Michigan, the eighth most populated state, rounds out the top 10 with 424 major league baseball players. Baseball greats born in Michigan include Charlie Gehringer, Kiki Cuyler, John Smoltz, Hal Newhouser, and Jim Kaat.
11. New Jersey – 416
Derek Jeter, Goose Goslin, Joe Medwick
12. North Carolina – 391
Josh Hamilton, Enos Slaughter, Gaylord Perry, Catfish Hunter, Hoyt Wilhelm
13. Indiana – 362
Tommy John, Mordecai Brown, Gil Hodges, Chuck Klein, Don Mattingly, Max Carey, Edd Roush
14. Georgia – 328
Frank Thomas, Johnny Mize, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, Bill Terry
15. Alabama – 314
Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams, Early Wynn, Don Sutton