Over the next two weeks, we are highlighting the five best Major League players to ever play baseball at each of the Big Ten universities. Today, we take a look at the Indiana Hoosiers. Earlier stories can be found here.
Number of Major Leaguers: 22
First: Odie Porter (debuted June 16, 1902 for the Philadelphia Athletics, starting and playing one game in his career)
Most recent: Kevin Mahar (debuted May 16, 2007)
Ted Kluszewski played 15 years in the Major Leagues, primarily for the Cincinnati Reds. He was a four-time All Star who hit 279 home runs and drove in 1,028 runs in his career. He led the league in homers (49) and RBI (141) in 1954 and finished second in the MVP voting to Willie Mays.
Mickey Morandini had 1,222 hits in 11 Major League seasons that included a losing World Series appearance with the Phillies in 1993. He was an All-Star in 1995 and finished 24th in the MVP balloting for the Cubs in 1998 (when he had an OPS+ of exactly 100, meaning he was a perfectly average batter).
Pinky May has the coolest name on this list and managed 610 hits over five years in the Major Leagues during the war years (WWII). He was an All-Star for the Phillies in 1940 and finished 29th in the MVP voting. He batted .275 with an OBP of .354 for his brief career. Good enough for No. 3!
Barry Jones is the lone pitcher on the list. He won 33 games over eight years for five teams. He was a solid reliever in the late ’80s and early ’90s for the White Sox and Expos.
Kevin Orie? Yes, Kevin Orie, who was the everyday third baseman for the Cubs in 1997 and part of 1998. He played for a couple years after that.
Honorable mention: None.