The best baseball players born on Feb. 28

The best baseball players born on Feb. 28

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Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Feb. 28:

1) Jud Wilson (1896)

Wilson, the only Hall of Famer born on Feb. 28, played in the Negro Leagues, and was considered one of the best hitters of his day — even by Josh Gibson, who was sometimes referred to as “the Black Babe Ruth”, so we can probably trust his judgment. Wilson played for 21 years, and while most of his career stats are lost to time, we do know he won two World Series titles, two batting titles, and earned three All-Star selections, and was the oldest player ever to homer in a Major League game, which he did at 49 years old in a game at Yankee Stadium as a member of the Homestead Grays.

2) Aroldis Chapman (1988)

Seven-time All-Star, just over 300 saves through his age 33 season, closed out the 2016 World Series with the Cubs — you know Chapman and his 100 MPH fastball (not to mention the sinker that touches 103).

3) Terry Turner (1881)

Turner spent the vast majority of his Major League career in Cleveland, and while his career numbers are modest — he slashed .253/.308/.318 and hit just eight home runs in 659 games — he still ranks third in Guardians franchise history with 254 stolen bases.

4) Bill Holland (1901)

Holland’s career in the Negro Leagues spanned 21 years from 1920 to 1941, most of which were spent in New York. In the latter half of his career, Holland became the ace of the New York Black Yankees’ staff and holds the distinction of being the first Black pitcher to take the mound at Yankee Stadium.

5) Frank Malzone (1930)

Malzone, a Bronx native, played 11 seasons with the Red Sox, and in that time won three Gold Gloves and made six All-Star teams. He even served as a mentor to Carl Yastrzemski early in the future Hall of Famer’s career. In retirement, he re-joined the Red Sox as a scout and front office executive, totaling almost 70 years in the organization before his passing in 2015.

Randy Arozarena (1995)

The 2021 AL Rookie of the Year, Arozarena has just over a year of service time under his belt and his performance has already made the league at large to take notice.

Want to see more baseball birthdays for Feb. 28? Find the complete list on Baseball Reference.

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