Jackie Robinson was born on January 31, 1919, into a family of sharecroppers in Cairo, Georgia. He was the youngest of five children born to Mallie and Jerry Robinson, after siblings Edgar, Frank, Matthew, and Willa Mae. Robinson’s father left the family in 1920, leading to the move of the Robinson family to Pasadena, California. Jackie Robinson’s mother worked various odd jobs.. read more →

Jeter was born in Pequannock Township, New Jersey, on June 26, 1974. His mother, Dorothy (née Connors), an accountant, is of Irish, as well as some German and English, ancestry. His father, Sanderson Charles Jeter, Ph.D., a substance abuse counselor, is African-American. They met while serving in the United States Army in Germany. His father played baseball at Fisk University in Tennessee as.. read more →

Joseph Torre was born July 18, 1940, in Brooklyn, New York, the youngest of five children, two girls and three boys to a New York City Police officer father and a mother, Margaret. He is of Italian descent. His siblings include two older brothers, Frank Torre, and Rocco, and an older sister, Marguerite.  Torre followed.. read more →

Gehrig was born in 1903 at 309 East 94th Street in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan; he weighed almost 14 pounds (6.4 kg) at birth. He was the second of four children of German immigrants, Christina Foch (1881–1954) and Heinrich Gehrig (1867–1946). His father was a sheet metal worker by trade but frequently unemployed due to alcoholism, and his mother, a maid, was the main breadwinner and.. read more →

Guidry was born in Lafayette, Louisiana where he pitched for the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette.) He began his career pitching briefly in the 1975 and 1976 seasons after 4 years in the minors. In 1977, he began as a relief pitcher but was moved into the starting rotation. He helped lead the New York Yankees to a World Series championship in 1977 and 1978. In those two.. read more →

Stengel was born on July 30, 1890, in Kansas City, Missouri. He played sandlot baseball as a child, and also played baseball, football and basketball at Central High School. His basketball team won the city championship, while the baseball team won the state championship. Stengel had no particular vision of sports as a long-term profession, but,.. read more →

Posada was born on August 17, 1971, in the Santurce district of San Juan, Puerto Rico to a Cuban father and a Dominican mother. He attended Alejandrino High School in San Juan, where he participated in several sports, including baseball. He was named to the all-star team in 1988–89 as a short stop. He also umpired for the girls’ softball team. Posada’s SAT scores were not high enough for him to enroll in.. read more →

Ford was a native of the Astoria neighborhood of Queens in New York City, a few miles by the Triborough Bridge from Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. He graduated from the Manhattan High School of Aviation Trades. Ford was signed by the New York Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1947, and played his entire career with them. He was nicknamed “Whitey” while in.. read more →

Munson was born in Akron, Ohio to Darrell Vernon Munson and Ruth Myrna Smylie, the youngest of four children. His father was a World War II veteran who became a truck driverwhile his mother was a homemaker. When he turned eight, the Munson family moved to nearby Canton, Ohio. He was taught how to play baseball by his older brother Duane, and.. read more →

Roger Eugene Maras was born on September 10, 1934 in Hibbing, Minnesota, later changing his surname to Maris. Maris’ parents, Rudolph S. “Rudy” Maras and Corrine (née Perkovich), were both of Croatian origin. Roger had a brother, Rudy (known as “Buddy”) who was a year older. Rudy developed polio in 1951. The Maras family moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota in 1942.. read more →

Mantle was born on October 20, 1931 in Spavinaw, Oklahoma, the son of lead miner Elvin Charles “Mutt” Mantle (1912–1952) and Lovell (née Richardson) Mantle (1904–1995). He was of at least partial English ancestry; his great-grandfather, George Mantle, left Brierley Hill, in England’s Black Country, in 1848.   Click here to purchase Mickey Mantle’s Retired Number Plaque!    .. read more →

George Herman Ruth Jr. was born in 1895 at 216 Emory Street in Pigtown, a working-class section of Baltimore, Maryland, named for its meat-packing plants. Its population included recent immigrants from Ireland, Germany and Italy, and African Americans. Ruth’s parents, George Herman Ruth, Sr. (1871–1918) and Katherine Schamberger, were both of German American ancestry. According.. read more →

Andy Pettitte was born on June 15, 1972, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is of Italian and Cajun descent, and the younger of two children born to Tommy and JoAnn Pettitte. He attended Deer Park High School in Deer Park, Texas, where he pitched for the school’s baseball team. His fastball ranged from between 85.. read more →

Mariano Rivera was born on November 29, 1969 to parents Mariano Rivera Palacios and Delia Jiron. Born as the second child, Mariano has one older sister (Delia) and two younger brothers (Alvaro and Giraldo). The family lived in Puerto Caimito, a poor fishing village in Panama. His father was the captain of a fishing boat,.. read more →

Jackson was born in the Wyncote neighborhood of Cheltenham Township, just north of Philadelphia. His father was Martinez Jackson, a half Puerto Rican, who worked as a tailor and who was a former second baseman with the Newark Eagles of Negro league baseball. He was the youngest of four children from his mother, Clara. He.. read more →

Joe DiMaggio was born on November 25, 1914 in Martinez, California, the eighth of nine children born to Sicilian immigrants Giuseppe (1872–1949) and Rosalia (Mercurio) (1878–1951) DiMaggio . He was delivered by a midwife identified on his birth certificate as Mrs. J. Pico. He was named Paolo after his father Giuseppe’s favorite saint, Saint Paul. The family moved to nearby San.. read more →

William Malcom Dickey was born on June 6th, 1907 in Bastrop, Louisiana. He was one of seven children to parents John and Laura Dickey. His father, John, worked as a brakeman for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. He had also played semi-professional baseball for a team based in Memphis Tennessee. Eventually, the family moved to Kennett,.. read more →

Yogi Berra was born Lorenzo Pietro Berra on May 12, 1925 in a primarily Italian neighborhood of St. Louis called “The Hill” to Italian immigrants Pietro and Paolina Berra. In a 2005 interview, Yogi said, “My father came over first. He came from the old country. And he didn’t know what baseball was. He was ready to.. read more →

Elston Gene “Ellie” Howard was born on February 23, 1929 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Emmaline Webb and Travis Howard. A schoolteacher in Sikeston, Missouri, Emmaline fled to St. Louis when Howard, her principal, refused to marry her. She worked to become a dietitian, and when Elston Howard was 5 years old, she.. read more →

Philip Francis ” Phil Rizzuto “, aka “The Scooter,” was born on September 25, 1917 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of a street car motorman. In the past, there has been confusion about his year of birth, stemming from Rizzuto’s “shaving a year off” the date at the beginning of his pro career, on the advice of.. read more →

Don “Donny Baseball” Mattingly, born on April 20, 1961, first began playing baseball with the Yankees in 1982 and spent his 14 year career playing first base with the Bronx Bombers. Growing up in Evansville, Indiana, Mattingly was picked by the Yankees in an amateur draft. Throughout his career, Don Mattingly was named to the.. read more →

Alfred Manuel ” Billy ” Martin was born to parents Alfred Manuel Pesano, Sr. and Joan Salvini “Jenny” Pesano in Berkeley, California in 1928. Eight short months later, Martin’s father abandoned the family, leaving Jenny to raise her son on her own. Eventually, Jenny changed Billy’s last name to “Martin” because she did not want him to.. read more →

Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr., or as many may know him as Bernie Williams, was born on September 13, 1968 to Bernabé Williams Figueroa Sr., a merchant marine and dispatcher, and Rufina Williams, a retired principal and college professor. Williams not only fell in love with Baseball but also music during his youth. His father brought.. read more →