Johnston: Many MLB players have called Georgia home

From Andy Johnston at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 30, 2016, with SABR member Terry Sloope:

Since the Braves are struggling while they eye the future, let’s take a look at the top Georgia-born baseball players through the years.

Cobb, who was part of the first class inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, is perhaps the best player to have been born in Georgia.

But did you know that fellow hall of famers Josh Gibson (Buena Vista), Johnny Mize (Demorest), Jackie Robinson (Cairo), Bill Terry (Atlanta) and Frank Thomas (Columbus) also are from the state?

Terry W. Sloope, a member of the Magnolia Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research assembled a team of Georgia-born players for a 2010 article in The National Pastime and then added a few more names this month when I emailed him asking about current players.

Several former Braves — Marquis Grissom (Atlanta), Tim Hudson (Columbus), Brian McCann (Athens) and Adam Wainwright (Brunswick) — are included.

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Originally published: May 31, 2016. Last Updated: May 31, 2016.