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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Decatur Baseball

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)





Harry East (debuted way back in 1882)

Hobie Landrith (debuted in 1950)

Del Unser (debuted in 1968)






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)



and finally.........

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:

featuring the minor league baseball teams of Decatur



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

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