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Iowa’s Best Baseball Players

For a lot of people where we are from is a point of pride. When we meet someone who hales from the same place as us there is often a sense of comradery. Below is a list of the best players born in the state of Iowa.


  1. Bob Feller – Van Meter, IA
    • Age: 17 – 22, 26 – 37
    • Years: 1936 – 1941, 1945 – 1956
    • Pos: SP
    • Team(s): Cleveland Indians

    Bob Feller
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    64.9 82 570 484 266 162 3.25 3827 279 44 21 1557 1384 1764 2581 16.0% 1.32

  2. Dazzy Vance – Orient, IA
  3. Dazzy Vance
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    62.8 81 442 347 197 140 3.24 2966.2 216 29 11 1246 1068 840 2045 16.6% 1.23

  4. Red Faber – Cascade, IA
  5. Red Faber
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    67.7 84 669 483 254 213 3.15 4086.2 273 29 28 1813 1430 1213 1471 7.8% 1.30

  6. Fred Clarke – Winterset, IA
    • Age: 21 – 38, 40 – 42
    • Years: 1894 – 1911, 1913 – 1915
    • Pos: LF
    • Team(s): Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates

    Fred Clarke
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    44.4 136 1373 5902 5073 931 1528 223 144 30 590 240 579 50 .301 .380 .420 .799

  7. George Stone – Lost Nation, IA
  8. George Stone
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    25.9 140 849 3668 3274 428 986 106 68 23 268 133 282 .301 .361 .396 .757

  9. Dave Bancroft – Sioux City, IA
  10. Dave Bancroft
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    48.8 100 1913 8244 7182 1048 2004 320 77 32 591 145 75 827 487 .279 .355 .358 .714

  11. Hal Trosky – Norway, IA
  12. Hal Trosky
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    30.5 126 1347 5747 5161 835 1561 331 58 228 1012 28 23 545 440 .302 .371 .522 .892

  13. Mike Boddicker – Cedar Rapids, IA
  14. Mike Boddicker
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    31.4 93 342 309 134 116 3.80 2123.2 63 16 3 992 897 721 1330 14.8% 1.32

  15. Jake Weimer – Ottumwa, IA
  16. Jake Weimer
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    25.8 81 191 180 97 69 2.23 1472.2 143 21 2 511 365 493 657 00.0% 1.17

  17. Denis Menke – Bancroft, IA
  18. Denis Menke
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    28.2 104 1598 5934 5071 605 1270 225 40 101 606 34 54 698 853 .250 .343 .370 .713

  19. Kevin Tapani – Des Moines, IA
  20. Kevin Tapani
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    29.2 99 361 354 143 125 4.35 2265 26 9 0 1168 1094 554 1482 15.4% 1.31

  21. Earl Whitehill – Cedar Rapids, IA
  22. Earl Whitehill
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    36.4 99 541 473 218 185 4.36 3564.2 226 16 11 2018 1726 1431 1350 08.6% 1.50

  23. Stan Bahnsen – Council Bluffs, IA
  24. Stan Bahnsen
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    23.8 103 574 327 146 149 3.60 2529 73 16 20 1127 1013 924 1359 12.7% 1.33

  25. Casey Blake – Des Moines, IA
  26. Casey Blake
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    24.8 106 1265 5091 4500 644 1186 264 18 167 616 36 37 445 1037 .264 .336 .442 .778

  27. Jon Lieber – Council Bluffs, IA
  28. Jon Lieber
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    25.7 97 401 327 131 124 4.27 2198 25 5 2 1158 1043 422 1553 16.7% 1.28

  29. Johnny Niggeling – Remsen, IA
  30. Johnny Niggeling
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    19.7 87 184 161 64 69 3.22 1250.2 81 12 0 534 447 516 620 11.6% 1.30

  31. Jack Coombs – Le Grand, IA
  32. Jack Coombs
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    23.8 99 354 270 158 110 2.78 2320 187 35 8 925 717 841 1052 6.1% 1.24

  33. Ken Henderson – Carroll, IA
  34. Ken Henderson
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    14.9 106 1444 5227 4553 595 1168 216 26 122 576 86 42 589 763 .257 .343 .396 .739

  35. Bing Miller – Vinton, IA
  36. Bing Miller
    WAR wRC+ G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO AVG OBP SLG OPS
    28.9 108 1820 6885 6212 946 1934 389 96 116 992 127 82 383 340 .311 .359 .461 .820

  37. Cal Eldred – Cedar Rapids, IA
  38. Cal Eldred
    WAR ERA- G GS W L ERA IP CG ShO SV R ER BB SO K% WHIP
    16.2 97 341 192 86 74 4.42 1368 19 4 9 716 672 576 939 15.8% 1.40

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