The most effective baseball gamers born on Jan. 23

Right here’s a subjective rating of the highest 5 for Jan. 23:


1) Chico Carrasquel (1926)
Carrasquel debuted with the Chicago White Sox in 1950 and have become the sport’s first nice Latin American defensive participant. Following within the footsteps of his two massive league uncles — Alex Carrasquel and Chucho Ramos — the shortstop turned the third Venezuelan to make the Majors and the primary Latin American to begin an All-Star Sport. Chico Carrasquel performed in 4 Midsummer Classics throughout his six years on the Southside earlier than ending his 10-year profession with stops in Cleveland, Kansas Metropolis and Baltimore.

2) Frank Sullivan (1930)
Sullivan debuted with the Purple Sox in 1953 and spent six seasons in Boston, making two All-Star groups and main the American League with 18 wins in ‘55. The 6-foot-7 right-hander is tied for sixteenth in Sox’s historical past with 90 wins, yet one more than Babe Ruth and Josh Beckett. Sullivan turned down a Stanford basketball scholarship to signal with the Purple Sox as an 18-year-old. His improvement within the Minors was interrupted by his service as an Military infantryman within the Korean Conflict.

3) Jeff Samardzija (1985)
Samardzija was an All-American broad receiver at Notre Dame, however the Cubs had been capable of lure the right-hander from the gridiron after making him a fifth-round choose within the 2006 MLB Draft. Samardzija debuted in ‘08 and spent seven seasons on the North Aspect. He earned an All-Star nod in ‘14 however was not eligible to play within the sport as a result of he had been traded to the AL’s A’s the week prior. That December, Oakland flipped Samardzija to the White Sox for a bundle that included shortstop prospect Marcus Semien. Samardzija later had 5 stable seasons in San Francisco, main the NL with a career-high 15 wins in ‘17.

4) Purple Donahue (1873)
Donahue, the bWAR chief for gamers born on Jan. 23, was a right-handed pitcher who gained 164 video games throughout the flip of the twentieth century. He set an AL/NL file with 35 losses in 1897 for the St. Louis Browns earlier than transferring on to Philadelphia for the ‘98 season. Donahue discovered extra success with the Phillies, successful 20-plus video games twice in 4 seasons. His 13-year profession additionally included stops in Cleveland and Detroit earlier than retiring in 1906 to open a lodge within the Motor Metropolis. He would later coach at Yale and LaSalle College.

5) Sam Jethroe (1917)
Jethroe turned the primary Black participant to play for a group in Boston when the middle fielder debuted for the Boston Braves in 1950 and gained the NL Rookie of the Yr Award, however his skilled profession began over a decade earlier when he was nonetheless in highschool. Jethroe, nicknamed “The Jet” for his elite pace, broke into professional ball with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League in 1938 then signed with the Cleveland Buckeyes in ‘42. He made seven All-Star groups with the Buckeyes earlier than ultimately being signed by Department Rickey and taking part in with Jackie Robinson within the Dodgers’ Minor League system.

Others of word:
Addison Russell (1994)

The shortstop recorded 11.3 bWAR and made an All-Star Sport throughout 5 years with the Cubs earlier than off-the-field points interrupted his profession. Coincidentally, he was a part of the bundle the Cubs acquired from the A’s for Samardzija.

Mark Wohlers (1970)
The appropriate-handed reliever was an All-Star in 1996 and gained a World Sequence in ‘95 with the Braves.