Tom Quinlan was a “Mr. Hockey” finalist his senior season at Hill-Murray. He was drafted by both the Calgary Flames and Toronto Blue Jays.
1995 Hill-Murray graduate and Gophers all-time great Robb Quinlan hit .413 his senior season en route to being named the Big Ten Player of the Year. He was the Angels’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2002. He played 458 major league games between 2003 and 2010.
1975 Hermantown High School graduate Jerry Ujdur is the second-winningest pitcher in Golden Gophers history. He pitched for the Tigers from 1980 to 1983, and Cleveland in 1984.
1993 Apple Valley grad Dave Maurer pitched for the Padres, Cleveland, and Blue Jays over parts of four major league seasons.
1965 Minneapolis Edison grad and longtime Pioneer Press sportswriter Charley Walters went 7-2 with a 1.94 ERA for the 1967 Northern League champion St. Cloud Rox. He made six appearances with the Twins in 1969.
St. Paul Central alumnus Mickey Rocco led the American League and tied for the major league lead with 653 at-bats in 1944.
Audobon, MN native Joe Marshall led all of professional baseball with 25 home runs in 1903.
Richard “Dick” Siebert was born on February 19, 1912 in Fall River, MA. In the summer of 1923 the Sieberts moved to Cass Lake, MN where Dick’s dad pastored Immanuel Lutheran Church. In 1926 the family moved to St. Paul where the elder Siebert had accepted a teaching position at Concordia …
I need your help compiling a complete list of Minnesota-raised major leaguers. We know where players were born, but I want to establish where they grew up, went to high school, and when they graduated (if applicable).
1974 Richfield High School graduate and University of Minnesota alumnus Brian Denman pitched for the Boston Red Sox in 1982.
2003 Eden Prairie graduate and three-year Golden Gopher Cole DeVries appeared in 21 games for the Twins between 2012 and 2013.
Former Houston Astros pitcher Don Arlich went 15-0 for the 1961 State Champion St. Paul North Polars, a team that also featured Twins curator Clyde Doepner.
Winona native Julie Wera played for perhaps the greatest baseball team of all time—the 1927 Yankees.
After the Twins traded him for “Everyday” Eddie Guardado, 2005 Mounds View High School graduate and Mesabi Range Community and Technical College alumnus Mark Hamburger made five major league appearances with the Texas Rangers in 2011.
1999 Bloomington Jefferson grad Ben Hendrickson pitched in 14 games (12 starts) for the Milwaukee Brewers between 2004 and 2006, going 1-10 with a 7.41 ERA. He made his final major league start against the Twins, allowing six runs without recording an out.
1981 Mankato West graduate, Mankato State Hall of Famer, and former Rangers reliever Gary Mielke was born in St. James, MN in 1963.