Article Index



Candy Cummings (born Ware, MA, died Toledo) (New York Mutuals, Baltimore Canaries, Philadelphia Whites, Hartford Dark Blues, Cincinnati Reds, 1872-77, National Baseball Hall of Fame, credited with inventing the curveball)

Lee Richmond (born Sheffield, OH, died Toledo) (Brown University) (Boston Red Caps, Worcester Ruby Legs, Providence Grays, Cincinnati Red Stockings, 1879-1886, 1st perfect game in Major Leagues) (physician, math teacher at Toledo HS, principal at various Toledo schools, Dean of Men at U of Toledo)

Lafayette “Lave” Cross (born Milwaukee, died Toledo) (Louisville Colonels, Philadelphia Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Browns, Cleveland Spiders, St. Louis Perfectos, Brooklyn Superbas, Washington Senators 1887-1907, 1905 World Series with Philadelphia Athletics, manager Cleveland 1899)

Pete McShannic (born Pittsburgh, PA, died Toledo) (Pittsburgh Alleghenys, 1888)

Babe Doty (Genoa) (Toledo Maumees, AA 1890)

Jerry Nops (Baltimore Orioles, et al., 1896-1901)

Roger Bresnahan (Washington Senators, Baltimore Orioles, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, 1897-1915, 1905 World Series champs, National Baseball Hall of Fame) (Manager St. Louis Cardinals 1909-1912, Chicago Cubs 1915)

George Kelb (Cleveland NL, 1898)

Tully “Topsy” Hartsel (born Polk, OH, died Toledo) (Louisville Colonels, Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Athletics, 1898-1911, World Series 1905, World Series champs 1910, led AL in walks (5), on-base pct. (2), stolen bases and runs)

Erve “Dutch” Beck (Brooklyn Superbas, Cleveland Blues, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, 1899-1902)

Harvey Bailey (born Adrian, MI, died Toledo) (Boston Beaneaters, 1899-1900)

Ed Scott (Walbridge) (Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Blues, 1900-01)

Nig Fuller (Brooklyn Superbas, 1902)

Addie Joss (born Woodland, WI, died Toledo) (Cleveland Naps, 1902-10, National Baseball Hall of Fame, perfect game 1908)

George Mullin (Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators 1902-13, World Series 1907, 1908, 1909, 3 World Series pitching victories, Indianapolis Hoosiers, Newark Pepper, Federal League 1914-15)

Fred “Bonehead” Merkle (born Watertown, WI, attended Toledo HS, lived on Yondota Street) (New York Giants, Brooklyn Robins, Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, 1907-26, World Series 1911, 1912, 1913, 1916, 1918) (high school math teacher was Lee Richmond, see above)

Roy Beecher (Swanton) (NY Giants, 1907-08)

Harry Hinchman (born Philadephia, PA, died Toledo) (Cleveland Naps, 1907)

Frank Gilhooley (St. Louis Cardinals, NY Yankees, Boston Red Sox, 1911-19)

Len Madden (Chicago Cubs, 1912)

Al Schulz (NY Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, 1912-16)

Ralph Comstock (Sylvania) (Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates 1913, 1915, 1918, Pittsburgh Rebels, Federal League 1915)

Rollin Cook (St. Louis Browns, 1915)

Harry McCluskey (Clay Center) (Cincinnati Reds, 1915)

Merlin Kopp (Washington Senators, Philadelphia Athletics, 1915-19)

Emilio Palmero (born Guanabacoa, Cuba, died Toledo) (New York Giants, St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators, Boston Braves, 5 years spread out between 1915-28)

Ernie Neitzke (Boston Red Sox, 1921)

Henry “Ernie” Vick (Scott) (Michigan, UM Hall of Honor) (St. Louis Cardinals 1922-26) (also football)

Andy High (born Ava, IL, died Toledo) (Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, 1922-34, World Series champs, 1931)

Dutch Schliebner (born Charlottenburg, Germany, died Toledo) (Brooklyn Robins, St. Louis Browns, 1923)

Ollie Klee (born Piqua, died Toledo) (Ohio State) (Cincinnati Reds, 1925)

Myles Thomas (born State College, PA, died Toledo) (New York Yankees, Washington Senators, 1926-30, played World Series, 1926)

Red Smith (born WI, died Toledo) (Notre Dame) (New York Giants, 1927) (see also football)

Ralph Judd (Perrysburg) (Washington Senators, New York Giants, 1927-30)

Ollie Marquardt (Boston Red Sox, 1931)

Mickey Heath (Cincinnati Reds, 1931-32)

Harry Taylor (born McKeesport, PA, died Toledo) (Chicago Cubs, 1932)

Francis “Whitey” Wistert (executive with Auto-Lite in Toledo after he played) (Michigan, UM Hall of Honor) (Cincinnati Reds, 1934) (also football)

Jack Hallett (Chicago White, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Giants, 1940-48)

Jim Bilbrey (born Rickman, TN, died Toledo) (St. Louis Browns, 1949)

Dick Marlowe (born Hickory, NC, died Toledo) (Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox, 1951-56)

Bob Meyer (U Toledo) (Kansas City Athletics, NY Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers, 1964-70)

Tom Matchick (Hazleton, PA, stayed in Toledo after playing with Mud Hens) (Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, 1967-72, World Series champs 1968)

Dick Drago (Woodward) (Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox et al., 1969-81, losing pitcher game 2 1975 World Series, gave up Hank Aaron’s 755th home run)

Geoff Zahn (DeVilbiss, born Baltimore) (Michigan) (Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins, California Angels, 1973-85) (Led AL in shutouts 1984) (former Head Coach U of Michigan)

Terry Harmon  (Ohio University) (Philadelphia Phillies, 1967-77, major league record most chances in a nine-inning game at 2b)

Dennis Kinney (born Toledo, Bedford HS MI) (Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, 1978-82)

Len Matuszek (born Toledo, Cincinnati Moeller HS) (U Toledo) (Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Dodgers, 1981-87)

Bill Laskey (Kent State) (San Francisco Giants, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, 1982-88)

Stan Clarke (U Toledo) (Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals, 1983-90)

Jim Leyland (Perrysburg) (Manager 1986-99 – Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins 1997 World Series Champions, Colorado Rockies)

Denny McNamara (St. Francis) (Central Michigan, 1st team All-American, 1990, CMU Hall of Fame)

Tom Marsh (Philadelphia Phillies, 1992-95)

Ron Rightnowar (Whitmer) (Milwaukee Brewers, 1995)

Dan Masteller (Michigan State) (Minnesota Twins, 1995)

Chris Fussell (Oregon Clay) (Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, 1998-2000)

Doug Mientkiewicz (born Toledo, Westminster FL Christian HS) (Florida State) (Olympic gold medalist 2000) (Minnesota Twins, 1998-2004; Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, et al 2004-2009)

Brad Hennessey (Whitmer) (Youngstown St.) (1st round draft pick San Francisco Giants 2001)

Northwestern Ohio

Leander “Dan” Abbott (Portage) (3 games with Toledo Maumees, AA, 1890)

Tom Letcher (Bryan) (Milwaukee Brewers, AA, 1891)

Phil Saylor (Van Wert County) (Philadelphia Phillies, 1891)

William “Dummy” Hoy (Houcktown) (St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators Cincinnati Reds, Louisville Colonels, Chicago White Stockings, 1888-1902, led NL in stolen bases 1888, walks 1891, hit first grand slam in American league history, first player enshrined in American Athletic Association of the Deaf HOF, Cincinnati Reds HOF)

Frank Foutz (born Baltimore, MD, died Lima) (Baltimore Orioles, 1901)

Jack Himes (Bryan) (St. Louis Cardinals, 1905-06)

Tex Neuer (Fremont) (New York Yankees, 1907)

William “Lucky” or “Red” Wright (Tontogany) (Cleveland Naps, 1909)

Jerry Upp (Sandusky) (Cleveland Naps, 1909)

Speed Kelly (Bryan) (Washington Senators, 1909)

Jimmy Walsh (Lima) (Philadelphia Phillies, 1910-13, Baltimore Terrapins, St. Louis Terriers, Federal League, 1914-15)

Del Drake (Findlay) (Detroit Tigers 1911)

Elmer Miller (Sandusky) (St. Louis Cardinals, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, 1912, 1915-18, 1921-22, World Series 1921)

Chuck Miller (Woodville) (St. Louis Cardinals, 1913-14)

Elmer Smith (Sandusky) (Cleveland Indians, Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, 1920 World Series champs, 1922 World Series)

Pete Fahrer (Holgate) (Cincinnati Reds, 1914)

Pat Hilly (Fostoria) (Philadelphia Phillies, 1914)

Marty Becker (Tiffin) (New York Giants, 1915)

Al Halt (Sandusky) (Cleveland Indians 1918, Brooklyn Tip-Tops (Federal League) 1914-15)

Red Thomas (born Hargrove, AL, died Fremont) (Chicago Cubs, 1921)

Leo Mangum (born Durham, NC, died Lima) (Chicago White Sox, New York Giants, Boston Braves, 1924-35)

Russ Young (Bryan) (St. Louis Browns, 1931)

Forest “Tot” Pressnell (Findlay) (Brooklyn Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, 1938-42)

Art Jacobs (Luckey) (Cincinnati Reds, 1939)

Jim Mertz (Lima) (Washington Senators, 1943)

Dain Clay (Hicksville) (Cincinnati Reds, 1943-46, led national league in at bats, 1945)

Russ Kerns (Fremont) (Detroit Tigers, 1945)

Doug Gallagher (Fremont) (Detroit Tigers 1962)

Jerry Fosnow (Deshler) (Minnesota Twins, 1964-65)

Rich Reese (Leipsic) (Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers 1964-73)

Grant Jackson (Fostoria) (BGSU) (Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, Kansas City Royals, 1965-82, World Series 1971, 1976, winning pitcher Game 7 1979 World Series)

Chuck Brinkman (Cincinnati, now resides in Bryan) (Ohio State, OSU Hall of Fame) (Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, 1969-74, brother of Eddie Brinkman)

Larry Cox (Bluffton) (Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, 1973-82)

Bill Sharp (Lima) (Ohio State) (Chicago White Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, 1973-76)

Doug Bair (Defiance) (BGSU) (Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Detroit Tigers, Philadephia Phillies, Toronto Blue Jays, 1976-90, World Series champs 1982, 1984)

Bobby Sprowl (Sandusky) (Alabama) (Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros 1978-81)

John Poff (Findlay) (Philadelphia Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, 1979-80)

Jeff Little (Fremont) (St.Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, 1980-82)

Bruce Berenyi (Bryan) (Truman State) (Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, 1980-86)

Brad Komminsk (Lima Shawnee) (Atlanta Braves, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, 1983-91)

Steve Fireovid (Bryan) (Miami, FL) (San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, 1981-86, 1992)

Chris Hoiles (born Bowling Green, Elmwood HS) (Eastern Michigan) (Baltimore Orioles, 1989-98)

Larry Arndt (Fremont) (BGSU) (Oakland Athletics, 1989)

Scott Taylor (Defiance) (BGSU) (Boston Red Sox, 1992-93)

Paul Shuey (born Lima, Raleigh NC Millbrook HS) (North Carolina) (Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles 1994-2007)

Denny Stark (Hicksville, Edgerton HS) (U of Toledo) (Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, 1999-2009)

Gene Stechschulte (Lima, Kalida HS) (St. Louis Cardinals, 2000-2002; Coach, Ohio Northern, 2011-present)

Andy Tracy (Bowling Green) (BGSU) (Montreal Expos, 2000-01)

Chad Zerbe (born Findlay, Tampa FL Gaither HS) (San Francisco Giants, 2000-02, World Series 2002)

Luke Hagerty (Defiance) (Ball State) (1st round draft pick Chicago Cubs 2002)

Chad Billingsley (Defiance) (1st round draft pick Los Angeles Dodgers 2003)

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