Cal Ripken Jr., Baseball player
A testament to perseverance, he played in a record 2,632 consecutive games from 1982 to '98 for the Orioles. The 6'4" shortstop from Aberdeen also revolutionized his position, hitting 431 homers.
Lefty Grove, Baseball player
Maybe the greatest lefthanded pitcher ever, Grove was the ace of the pennant-winning Philadelphia Athletics from 1929 to '31. Born in Lonaconing, Grove won a record nine AL ERA titles and finished with a career record of 300-141.
Jimmie Foxx, Baseball player
One of the great power hitters after Ruth, he hit 500 homers by age 33, including 58 for the Philadelphia A's in 1932. The Sudlersville native won the Triple Crown in '33. His drinking finally caught up with him; he retired with 534 home runs.
Al Kaline, Baseball player
The rightfielder from Baltimore was a model of consistency for the Tigers for 22 seasons. In 1955, at age 20, he hit .340, becoming the youngest AL batting champion. He also had a superb throwing arm and won 10 Gold Gloves.
Sugar Ray Leonard, Boxer
The charismatic Leonard (36-3-1) was one of the best boxers of the modern era. The Palmer Park pugilist won gold at the 1976 Olympics and later earned world titles in five divisions, from welterweight to super middleweight.
" Baltimore's such a lousy town, Francis Scott Key went out in a boat to write The Star-Spangled Banner."
—BILLY MARTIN, NEW YORK YANKEES MANAGER (AND BERKELEY, CALIF., NATIVE), 1978