With Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers now reporting to 2016 Spring Training, we thought a feature of some baseball players who were born and/or raised in Decatur Illinois would be appropriate.
Here are 16 of them..........
Boom-Boom Beck (debuted in 1924)
Chuck Dressen (debuted in 1925)
Dan Porter (debuted in 1951)
Fred T. Long (debuted in 1920)
** he was the first African-American graduate of Millikin University
Art Scharein (debuted in 1932)
George Scharein (debuted in 1937)
Roe Skidmore, who is one of very few professional ball players to retire with a perfect batting average:
and 1 more Decatur-related baseball item:
TAGS: Bill Madlock, baseball, minor league, Brian Snitker, Jeff Innis, Matt Smith, Fred T. Long, Kevin Roberson, Scharein, Kevin Koslofski, Roe Skidmore, Chicago Cubs, John Clifford, Dressen, Landrith, Unser