Birthplace of Most MLBers, By Decade of Debut

Here is a fun little data wrangle, with birthplace and date of player debut culled from the wonderful Lahman Baseball Database.  For each “debut decade” from 1900 on, here are the five most popular cities of birth for MLB players.

Of course, with no west coast baseball, the early 1900s were dominated by east coast cities, with San Francisco being the first west coast city to crack a list, in the 1920s. Los Angeles made its first appearance in the top five in the 1940s, and appeared each decade from the 60s to the 90s. New York City or Brooklyn showed up in each decade from 1910 through 1960, then disappeared. California was represented by three different cities in the 70s (L.A., Oakland and Sacramento). The 1980s gave us the first top five showing by the Dominican Republic, and Santo Domingo has been the birthplace giving us the most MLBers in each of the three most recent decades.  1990 and 2000 were polar opposites of the early days, with no east coast cities making the leaderboard.

 

Debut Decade Birthplace COUNT
1900 Philadelphia, PA, USA 28
1900 Chicago, IL, USA 24
1900 Cleveland, OH, USA 24
1900 St. Louis, MO, USA 24
1900 Cincinnati, OH, USA 17
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1910 Chicago, IL, USA 67
1910 St. Louis, MO, USA 32
1910 Philadelphia, PA, USA 30
1910 Pittsburgh, PA, USA 26
1910 New York, NY, USA 24
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1920 Chicago, IL, USA 33
1920 San Francisco, CA, USA 30
1920 St. Louis, MO, USA 29
1920 Philadelphia, PA, USA 26
1920 New York, NY, USA 24
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1930 Chicago, IL, USA 42
1930 San Francisco, CA, USA 24
1930 Philadelphia, PA, USA 18
1930 St. Louis, MO, USA 17
1930 New York, NY, USA 16
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1940 Chicago, IL, USA 34
1940 St. Louis, MO, USA 28
1940 New York, NY, USA 21
1940 Brooklyn, NY, USA 20
1940 Los Angeles, CA, USA 19
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1950 Brooklyn, NY, USA 26
1950 St. Louis, MO, USA 24
1950 Chicago, IL, USA 23
1950 San Francisco, CA, USA 19
1950 New York, NY, USA 17
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1960 Los Angeles, CA, USA 34
1960 Chicago, IL, USA 21
1960 Detroit, MI, USA 20
1960 Brooklyn, NY, USA 18
1960 St. Louis, MO, USA 17
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1970 Los Angeles, CA, USA 44
1970 Detroit, MI, USA 21
1970 Chicago, IL, USA 17
1970 Oakland, CA, USA 17
1970 Sacramento, CA, USA 17
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1980 Los Angeles, CA, USA 39
1980 Chicago, IL, USA 25
1980 Cincinnati, OH, USA 18
1980 Houston, TX, USA 16
1980 San Diego, CA, USA 15
1980 San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. 15
1980 Tampa, FL, USA 15
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1990 Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, D.R. 38
1990 Los Angeles, CA, USA 26
1990 Houston, TX, USA 22
1990 San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. 22
1990 Cincinnati, OH, USA 21
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2000 Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, D.R. 52
2000 Houston, TX, USA 35
2000 San Diego, CA, USA 31
2000 San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. 24
2000 Caracas, Distrito Federal, Venezuela 20
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2010 Santo Domingo, Distrito Nacional, D.R. 41
2010 Houston, TX, USA 20
2010 Miami, FL, USA 16
2010 Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela 14
2010 San Diego, CA, USA 13
2010 San Pedro de Macoris, San Pedro de Macoris, D.R. 13

3 thoughts on “Birthplace of Most MLBers, By Decade of Debut

  1. this is cool, but Brooklyn is a part of New York City since 1898. It would be interesting to see NYC (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, Queens) as a whole, with the 5 boroughs broken out as well. Having a NY category and a Brooklyn category makes no sense. One is a borough, one is the whole city. They each borough is its own county, but manhattan is NY county, and brooklyn is kings county.

  2. similar for Los Angeles which is 88 cities and towns in the county. Places like Arcadia, West Covina, Lakewood and Long Beach (and others) are areas in the L.A. metro area that are well known for being MLB pipelines and if total LA is counted as one, it would be largest in U.S draftees

  3. It would be cool to see HOFers by birthplace. The Mobile (AL) Bay Bears have a neat monument to all five of theirs. For a small city, that’s impressive.

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