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David Eckstein

Eckstein, David

After playing American Legion Baseball for Post 53 in Sanford, Fla., David Eckstein was a two-time World Series champion, with the Anaheim Angels in 2002 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006. Eckstein was also World Series MVP in 2006 and a two-time All-Star, in 2005 and 2006.


Mark Ellis

Ellis, Mark

The 2012 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year, Mark Ellis played for coach Dave Ploof at Post 22 in Rapid City, S.D. Ellis is a two-time recipient of the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Award, given annually to an Oakland Athletic whose play and conduct best exemplifies the courageous, competitive and inspirational spirit of late Hall-of-Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter. At the time of his retirement in 2015, Ellis' career .991 fielding percentage was fifth-best for a second baseman in MLB history.


Darin Erstad

Erstad, Darin

A native of Jamestown, N.D., Darin Erstad played American Legion Baseball and hit .495 with 18 homers, 86 RBIs and 21 doubles as a senior. He was the state tournament MVP in both 1991 and 1992 and a three-time all-state pick. Erstad punted for the University of Nebraska's national championship team in 1994 then was selected No. 1 overall in the 1995 MLB Draft by the Angels. He was a World Series champion in 2002, a two-time All-Star, a three-time Gold Glove Award winner and a Silver Slugger Award winner.