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Jeff Bagwell

Bagwell, Jeff

The 2003 American Legion Graduate of the Year, Jeff Bagwell played for Post 75 in Middletown, Conn. The 1994 NL MVP and 1991 Rookie of the Year, Bagwell was a career Astro, playing from 1991-2005 in Houston. The four-time All-Star was a feared hitter, becoming the only player in MLB history to go six consecutive seasons with 30 HRs, 100 RBI, 100 runs and 100 walks. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.


Harold Baines

Baines, Harold

Harold Baines played American Legion Baseball for Post 70 in Talbot, Md., and went on to play 22 seasons in the major leagues with the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians. The six-time All-Star was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019.


Dusty Baker

Baker, Dusty

Dusty Baker played American Legion Baseball for Post 412 in Fair Oaks, Calif., in 1967. He went on to a 19-year career in the major leagues, playing for the Atlanta Braves, Lod Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Oakland Athletics. A two-time All-Star, he was part of the Dodgers' 1981 World Series champions. Baker went on to manage the Giants, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Washington Nationals, and Houston Astros. In 2020, he became the first manager to lead five different teams to the playoffs.


Joe Beimel

Beimel, Joe

Former major league pitcher Joe Beimel played American Legion Baseball for Post 511 in Kersey, Pa. In 13 major league seasons, he pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Colorado Rockies and Seattle Mariners.


Tim Belcher

Belcher, Tim

Tim Belcher played on the 1980 Department of Ohio American Legion Baseball state championship team from Ashley Post 518. During his 14-year major league career, he pitched for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, and Anaheim Angels. Belcher was a member of the Dodgers' World Series-winning team in 1988.


Jerry Bell

Bell, Jerry

Jerry Bell played American Legion Baseball for Post 82 in Nashville, Tenn., in 1965-66, with the 1966 team reaching the American Legion World Series in Orangeburg, S.C. Bell went on to pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers in 1971-74, and served as assistant baseball chairman for the Department of Tennessee.


Johnny Bench

Bench, Johnny

The 1973 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year, Johnny Bench was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. The 14-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion won two Most Valuable Player awards and 10 Gold Gloves. He was named the 2016 American Legion James V. Day Good Guy Award recipient


Lawrence "Yogi" Berra

Berra, Lawrence "Yogi"

A Major League Baseball Hall of Famer, New York Yankees legend and World War II veteran, Lawrence "Yogi" Berra was one of the most prominent figures in baseball history. Berra played American Legion Baseball with Fred W. Stockholm Post 245 in St. Louis, Mo., and went on to one of the most historic careers in the history of the sport. As a player and manager, Berra appeared in 21 World Series, earning 13 rings in the process.


Chad Billingsley

Billingsley, Chad

Chad Billingsley played American Legion Baseball from 2000-02 for Post 300 in Napoleon, Ohio. He won the Bob Feller Pitching Award in 2001 and helped lead the Napoleon River Bandits to the American Legion World Series. Billingsley made his big-league debut June 15, 2006, and was a Major League Baseball All Star in 2009, both with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He also spent his final season in the majors with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015. Billingsley was awarded the 2013 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year Award.


Rocky Bleier

Bleier, Rocky

Rocky Bleier played American Legion Baseball in Appleton, Wis. His greatest athletic success came in football, where he was part of Notre Dame's 1966 national championship team and later won four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Drafted into the U.S. Army after his rookie season with the Steelers, Bleier was assigned to Company C, 4th Battalion (Light), 31st Infantry, 196th Light Infantry Brigade, in Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart after being wounded while on patrol.


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