For a state without a single Major League Baseball team, Louisiana has surely contributed some big names to the ranks of professional baseball.

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For some true old school baseball fanatics, this list wouldn't be complete without mentioning some of those stars from baseball's formative years including the likes of Bill Dickey from Bastrop, Mel Ott from Gretna, Ted Lyons from Lake Charles, Mel Parnell from New Orleans, Howie Pollet from New Orleans, Don Wilson from Monroe, Bill Lee from Plaquemine, Watty Clark from St. Joseph, Zeke Bonura from New Orleans and Joe Adcock from Coushatta, but when considering the stars from more recent years, Louisiana has had more than a handful.

Three Louisiana Born New York Yankees Have Had Their Jerseys Retired

In fact, three former baseball standouts from Louisiana have had their jerseys retired by the New York Yankees including Bill Dickey, Number 8, Andy Pettitte, Number 46 and Ron Guidry, Number 49, so certainly, MLB has been influenced by the Bayou State.

Just take a look at what many would consider to be The Best Professional Baseball Players From Louisiana and see if we missed anyone.

The Best Professional Baseball Players From Louisiana

Louisiana has produced some incredible athletes over the years. In fact, many called the Bayou State a "quarterback factory", but let's not forget just how many amazing MLB baseball players have roots right here. See if your favorite made this list.

Gallery Credit: Gary McCoy

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