If you’re from Texas, you know that Texans are a breed of their own. They walk a little taller with their heads held a little higher than the rest of Americans because of Texas pride. There’s nothing more American than baseball, and it should come as no surprise that some of the best pro baseball players ever to grace the pitching mounds in MLB were born in the lone star state. The notorious Rogers Hornsby, Joe Morgan, and Smokey Jo Williams are just a few of the greats birthed in Texas, and there are many more.
Today’s Texas baseball fans are mostly either rooting for the Rangers or the Astros, but die hard Texas baseball fans know that Texas’ legacy is not only its modern teams but the baseball legends it has produced in the annals of history.
Roger Hornsby was born and raised in Texas, and he is often remembered as “The Rajah.” Hornsby was one of the best hitters baseball ever saw with a batting average of .358. Hornsby was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1942.
Joe Morgan is commonly thought of as the best second baseman of all time due to his fielding and stolen base percentages, but also due to his walk-to-strikeout ratio. He was born in Bonham, Texas, and he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.
Smokey Jo Williams
Smokey Jo was also called Cyclone Jo, and he is one of the best pitchers in baseball history, although he never played in the major league. He played in the Negro Leagues and reached his place in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999. Although he could not participate in the major leagues, Smokey Jo played against mlb players, and he was referred to as the best pitcher in baseball history by multiple MLB sources.
Nolan Ryan is possibly the most Texan of all ball players born in Texas, and he too is called the best pitcher in baseball history by his fans. Ryan pitched for the New York Mets, the California Angels, the Houston Astros, and the Texas Rangers. He then went on to be the CEO of the Rangers followed by the executive adviser to the Houston Astros. His passion is baseball, and his heart is in Texas.
The list of famous baseball greats born in Texas is long, and Texans can continue to hold their heads high because they have produced some of the best ball players in history.