It’s fitting that December 25, Christmas Day, was the birthday of three Hall of Famers.
Next, we present the best major leaguers in history born on December 25.
The all-time leader in stolen bases, a 10-time All-Star and 1990 AL MVP with the A’s is the clear leader on this list. Henderson was fun to watch on the pitch. Among his many achievements, we present this data: his 1,406 stolen bases, 90 feet each, represent 126,540 feet in total. That is, 23.97 miles, just over two miles of a full marathon.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997, Fox was a crucial part of the 1950s White Sox, partnering in a double play with another Hall of Famer, shortstop Luis Aparicio. Fox was AL MVP in 1959, when Chicago advanced to the World Series. Unbelievably, his most strikeouts in one season was… 18!
Another Hall of Famer, Galvin had a 1.86 ERA in his rookie year and finished his 18-season career with 1,807 strikeouts, impressive for the era in which he played. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1965 by the Veterans Committee.
Known for his fine defense at second base, Trillo won three Gold Gloves and was an integral part of the 1980 Phillies who won the franchise’s first World Series. He was the MVP of the NLCS that year, hitting .381/.364/.571 in the five games against the Astros. In the decisive Game 5, he hit a crucial throw for an out at the plate with Luis Pujols running.
After a long career in Japan, Okajima signed with the Red Sox at age 31 in 2007 and became an important part of their bullpen, setting the stage for closer Jonathan Papelbon. From April 6 to May 20 of his rookie major league season, the lefty didn’t allow a run. He became the first Japanese pitcher to participate in a World Series game, throwing 2.1 perfect innings in Game 2 against the Rockies in Game 2 for the 2007 champions.
The Colombian right-hander has been establishing himself in relief for the Padres since his Major League debut in 2020.
He finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 2005 and led the NL in stolen bases in 2008 with 68.
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The best players born on December 25