Alabama: Willie Mays
“The Say Hey Kid” is the second greatest player to have ever set foot on a baseball field and the absolute greatest athlete to come out of the great state of Alabama (with all due respect to Hank Aaron). No other MLB player has ever been as dominant in all facets of the game as Willie Mays. As a hitter, Mays hit .302 for his career, with 3,283 hits, 660 home runs and 1,903 RBIs. Defensively, he has made the greatest plays baseball has ever seen and won 12 Gold Gloves to boot. Mays was a 24-time All-Star, two-time MVP and won the 1954 World Series. No doubt about this one, sorry Hank Aaron and Bo Jackson.
Alaska: Curt Schilling
Curt Schilling always seemed like a quirky guy on the field and off the field, so it feels right that he’s from one of the more obscure states in the country. He was born in Anchorage, but ended up going on to be one of the best pitchers of his time, winning World Series titles with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox. How the hell does that happen? Pretty crazy, right? His place in history has forever been cemented since the “Bloody Sock” Game that helped propel the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS and eventually end their long World Series drought. He is one of the best pitchers of his time and will always be seen as one of the greatest of the 90’s and 2000’s. Alaska might not have a lot of great athletes but that doesn’t make this slot any less impressive for Schilling.