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Hall of Fame Members
Brian Cazeneuve
December 27, 2004
New York has produced the most greats in basketball and baseball, Texas is tops in pro football immortals, and, of course, Canada is hockey's cradle. Here's where the best of the best came from in the four major sports and a few others
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December 27, 2004

Hall Of Fame Members

New York has produced the most greats in basketball and baseball, Texas is tops in pro football immortals, and, of course, Canada is hockey's cradle. Here's where the best of the best came from in the four major sports and a few others

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Baseball

A large number of New York's leading total of 22 members starred on New York City teams, none more famously than Yankees greats Lou Gehrig, Whitey Ford and Phil Rizzuto. John McGraw, who managed the Giants to three World Series championships, was born upstate in Truxton, 230 miles from the Polo Grounds. Among California's 19-player contingent are four more who made their marks in New York City: Joe DiMaggio ( Yankees), Gary Carter and Tom Seaver ( Mets) and Duke Snider ( Brooklyn Dodgers). Among the Negro league players represented are Oscar Charleston ( Indiana), Josh Gibson ( Georgia), Buck Leonard ( North Carolina) and Satchel Paige ( Alabama).

SOURCE: BASEBALL HALL OF FAME

Pro Football

Texas (24) has produced more players and coaches in the group than any other state. But Pennsylvania (22) will narrow the gap in 2005, when Pittsburgh native Dan Marino (right) will surely be inducted. He will join the Keystone State's impressive list of passers, which includes Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath and Joe Montana.

SOURCE: PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Hockey

Not only are most inductees from Canada, but also a great portion of those are from Ontario. The U.S. players are so few that we can name them all: Pat LaFontaine ( Missouri, right), Joe Mullen and Billy Burch ( New York), Hobey Baker ( Pennsylvania), Si Griffis ( Kansas) and Frank Brimsek and Moose Goheen ( Minnesota).

SOURCE: HOCKEY HALL OF FAME

Pro Basketball

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