Best Wisconsin Born Baseball Players.
C - Bob Uecker, Milwaukee. 1962-67. Had to do it. You don't want to know the numbers.
1B - Fred Merkle, Watertown. 1907-26. Infamously known for "Merkle's Boner." No, not a porn flick but a base running gaffe which helped the Cubs win the 1908 WS. He was the Bill Buckner of his day, times 10. A good player, though. Twice finished top 20 in MVP voting.
2B - Mark Grudzielanek, Milwaukee. , 1995-Current. What? No Jim Ganter?? Love Gumby, but Grudzy was better. Better numbers, won a Gold Glove, and played in an All Star game. .290/.332/.395.
SS - Tony Kubek, Milwaukee. 1957-65. More known for announcing the "Game of the Week" back in the day. Played in 6 World Series and 3 All Star games.
3B - Lave Cross, Milwaukee. 1887-1907. Never heard of him. Had four 90+ RBI seasons back when scoring runs was tougher than a two dollar steak (adjusted for inflation). Career .292 hitter with 1327 RBI
OF - Al Simmons, Milwaukee. 1924-44. Best ever from Wiscy. Top 10 in MVP voting 6 times, with two other 11th place finishes. A whopping 11 straight 100+ RBI seasons and a crazy .334/.380/.535 line and two batting titles. Hall of Famer.
OF - Andy Pafko, Boyceville. 1943-59. Five time all star with 213 HRs, 976 RBI, and .285/.350/.449
OF - Chet Laabs, Milwaukee. 1937-1947. One of the best St. Louis Browns ever, for whatever that's worth. One time all star. .262/.346/.452
SP. Burleigh Grimes, Emerald. 1916-1934. 270-212, 3.53 ERA. I'll let this post elaborate.
SP. Addie Joss, Juneau. 1902-1910. Unknown to me until attending a wedding at the Juneau Community Center a few months ago. Oh, it was a hoot. I was pretty drunk but remember a little shrine to Joss. I guess he was a stud until dying of pneumonia at the age of 30. All-time career leader in WHIP (.9678) and 2nd in ERA (1.89). How'd you like those numbers on your fantasy squad? 169-97 record, is in the Hall of Fame.
SP. Kid Nichols, Madison. 1890-1906. 361-208, 2.95 ERA. 7th on the all-time wins list. Hall of Famer.
SP. Brad Radke, Eau Claire. 1995-2006. Solid pitcher, that's about it.
SP. Couldn't make that tough decision between Jarred Washburn (LaCrosse) and Zane Smith (Madison).
CL. Bob Wickman, Green Bay. 1992-Current. Two all-star games, top 10 in saves 4 times.
Hmmm...that was a lot of research with not very great results. Especially post-WWII.