The following investigation is a comprehensive historical analysis of all major league baseball players born in South Carolina. When you select a player's name, it will appear. An extensive ESPN report published earlier this year posed the question this summer: “Where have you gone, Dale Murphy? Before Dale Murphy was the Most Valuable Player of the United States National Baseball League, he played on the Atlanta Braves farm team in Greenwood, South Carolina, with another great MLB player, Barry Bonnell, when the two began having religious conversations. Bonnell introduced Murphy to the missionaries and baptized him after the 1975 season. In the words of ESPN's Wright Thompson earlier this year: “Either you idolized Dale Murphy or you don't remember much about him.
Murphy hit 398 home runs during his 18-year career and is one of four outfielders in baseball history to win consecutive MVP honors. Charles Smith faced some of baseball's most iconic stars, such as the great pitcher Leroy Satchel Paige, photographed warming up at New York's Yankee Stadium before a Negro League game between the Kansas City Monarchs and the New York Cuban Stars. He played 16 years in the major leagues during a career that began and ended with the Los Angeles Angels (formerly the California Angels). Layton Revel, founder of the Center of Negro League Baseball Research; and Patrick Obley, sports editor of the Daily Sun in Port Charlotte, Florida. Negro League baseball star Charles Smith is buried near his family in an unmarked grave on the field next to the church. Perhaps Smith's achievements are not among those of the two most notable members of the South Carolina Baseball Hall of Fame, Larry Doby and Jim Rice, or of Anderson's third star former player and coach, Ben Taylor.
Bob Law's major league debut was interrupted after his first season as a result of military service between 1951 and 1954. As a young man, he worked as a red redcap at the Pennsylvania station in New York and played second base on his baseball team.
Throughout his 22-year career (1954-197), he hit 573 home runs, the second most of any other right-hander in the American League. The young Law not only played in the major leagues for 11 years, but he made it to the National League All-Star in 1988. However, Law returned to the league and in 1960 led the Pittsburgh Pirates to defeat the New York Yankees in the seventh game of the World Series. Not even Negro League Baseball's incredibly noble Grave Marker Project can formally honor Smith, at least not yet. However, several current biographies of Smith on the Internet, including those from the Negro League Baseball Museum in Kansas City and a SABR account, indicate that his hometown is Greenwood.