Yesterday’s post about Kentucky Hall of Famers made me think about who would make an All-Star team composed of only Kentucky natives. With the help of the wonderful database at Baseball-Reference.com I set out to make such a team. Each player’s playing time is listed next to his name along with the team or teams he spent most of his career with. The second bullet under each name lists the players batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage, and his rankings among relevant categories are listed in bolded parentheses next to that category.
C — John Grimm (1888-1899) — Louisville Colonels/Brooklyn Grooms
- The running for greatest catcher in Kentucky history wasn’t a hotly contested one. Grimm leads Kentucky players who spent the majority of their career behind the plate in hits and games played, but ranks only in 28th and 30th place among all Kentucky natives in those categories. Grimm was born in Lebanon, Ky. His best season came in 1894 for the Louisville Colonels when he hit .298 with 7 home runs and 70 RBI.
- .267/.302/.359 — 705 hits (28), 706 games (30), .943 Fielding %