Illustration by Bill Purdom

Illustration by Bill Purdom

The Uncommon Phenomenon
of the Single Franchise Baseball Star

Hometown Heroes pays homage to a rare and exceptional fraternity. Throughout the history of baseball, over 18,000 ballplayers have seen action in a major league uniform, yet only 177 men have spent their entire big league careers exclusively with a single team, an extraordinary achievement.

The men in this select brotherhood are among the most influential and beloved players in the American Game. Within their storylines resides the essential history of big time baseball in the 20th century. 

Almost to a man, these lifetime ballplayers are modest, humble, team-oriented, high character individuals. Such traits emerge so consistently in these foundational players, it’s no surprise that their hometown fans maintain such a strong bond and special connection with them.


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