In MLB History – How Many Players Were Born In North Dakota?
Hard to believe, but before you know it spring training will be here...
...so let's take a couple of minutes and visit all the Major League Players who were born in North Dakota. What would your guess be on how many players were born in North Dakota? First though, let me give you this amazing statistic, according to baseball-almanac.com "Did you know that through today (November 26, 2023) in baseball history, and since 1876 (first year of the National League), there have been a total of 20,533 Major League ballplayers?" So once again I ask you, how many players in the history of Major League Baseball were born in North Dakota?
Obviously, THE most famous baseball player that comes to mind when you think of North Dakota is Roger Maris
The man who is remembered the most for chasing Babe Ruth's single-season home run record of 60 - Roger Maris grew up and went to high school in Fargo, be he was BORN in Hibbing, Minnesota. Getting back to my first question, if you guessed around 100, you would be way over. Then what about 50? Here are the 20 North Dakotans that have made it to the show:
Major League Baseball Players Born in North Dakota
A Historical Analysis / Return To Players by Birthplace
|Player||Born In||Date of Birth||Debut Year||Final Year|
|Frank Brosseau||Drayton, North Dakota||1944-07-31||1969||1971|
|Chris Coste||Fargo, North Dakota||1973-02-04||2006||2009|
|Darin Erstad||Jamestown, North Dakota||1974-06-04||1996||2009|
|Jay Flaa||Bismarck, North Dakota||1992-06-10||2021||Active|
|Travis Hafner||Jamestown, North Dakota||1977-06-03||2002||2013|
|Truck Hannah||Larimore, North Dakota||1889-06-05||1918||1920|
|Red Hardy||Marmarth, North Dakota||1923-01-06||1951||1951|
|Rick Helling||Devils Lake, North Dakota||1970-12-15||1994||2006|
|Ken Hunt||Grand Forks, North Dakota||1934-07-13||1959||1964|
|Tim Johnson||Grand Forks, North Dakota||1949-07-22||1973||1979|
|Mark Lee||Williston, North Dakota||1964-07-20||1988||1995|
|Lynn Nelson||Sheldon, North Dakota||1905-02-24||1930||1940|
|Tim Olson||Grand Forks, North Dakota||1978-08-01||2004||2005|
|Sid Peterson||Havelock, North Dakota||1918-01-31||1943||1943|
|Seth Rosin||Fargo, North Dakota||1988-11-02||2014||2015|
|Gary Serum||Fargo, North Dakota||1956-10-24||1977||1979|
|Matt Strahm||West Fargo, North Dakota||1991-11-12||2016||Active|
|Floyd Stromme||Cooperstown, North Dakota||1916-08-01||1939||1939|
|Erik Swanson||Fargo, North Dakota||1993-09-04||2019||Active|
|Andrew Young||West Fargo, North Dakota||1994-05-10||2020||Active|
Recognize any of these players?