The first American Legion Baseball alumnus inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Bob Feller played American Legion Baseball in Iowa from the age of 10. He was in the Major Leagues by age 17 and spent 18 years in the majors on his way to a first ballot Hall of Fame induction in 1962. Feller became the first American athlete to enlist after the attacks on Pearl Harbor and served in the Navy for four years before becoming a Legionnaire. A true role model, Feller's name adorns American Legion Baseball's award for the best pitcher.
The 1964 American Legion Baseball Player of the Year for Upland Post 73 (Calif.), Rollie Fingers went on to a Hall of Fame career in the majors, including an MVP, World Series MVP, Cy Young, three World Series wins and seven All Star appearances.
Steve Finley played American Legion Baseball for Paducah (Ky.) Post 31 and was named 1999 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year. Finley was a two-time All-Star, World Series champion, and five-time Gold Glove Award winner.
An 11-time All-Star, Carlton Fisk was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000. The 1975 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year retired as the all-time leader in home runs and games played at catcher, both later surpassed. Fisk was part of a state championship team with Post 37 Bellows Falls in Vermont.
The 1979 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year, Mike Flanagan played for Henry J. Sweeney Post 2 in Manchester, N.H. Flanagan led the majors in wins in 1979, with his 23-9 record earning him the AL Cy Young Award. He was also an All-Star in 1978 and part of the Baltimore Orioles' 1983 World Series champions.