Did You Know These 7 Famous Athletes Were From Illinois?
Huffington Post - almost 3 years
Illinoisans are almost as divided on their sports loyalties as they are on their political preferences. Whether you're from downstate and prefer to identify with St. Louis teams, or live up north and call yourself a cheesehead, no one can deny Chicago is the mecca for the state's professional sports teams, and also home to some of the world's most valuable franchises.
Here are some notable athletes (in no particular order) who were born in Illinois, along with a few of their career highlights that make them standout stars.
1. Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960-March 6, 2006)
Sport/position: Baseball, center fielder
Team: Minnesota Twins
Career highlights: Hall of Famer, 10x All-Star, 2x World Series Champ, 6x Silver Slugger Award winner, 6x Gold Glove Award winner.
2. Hank Bauer (July 31, 1922-Feb. 9, 2007)
Born: East St. Louis
Sport/position: Baseball, right fielder
Teams: New York Yankees and Kansas City Athletics
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