Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart of every Illinois State University alumni who played baseball at the Illinois State University AND made it to the Major League level.
"Our kids (Jeremy Accardo went 2-for-4 with two RBIs) played extremely hard this weekend. We didn't make the routine plays today that we needed to get the win. Our pitchers pitched extremely well all weekend long, and I think Indiana State is the best team in the league, and for us to play as well as we did this weekend against them speaks highly for our ballclub." - Illinois State Head Coach Jim Brownlee
Major League Baseball Player Alumni
The Illinois State University baseball program started in 1890, Buzz Capra was the first former Redbird to make it to the Major League level. Names that appear on the chart above in bold print are in the Illinois State University Hall of Fame.
On September 26, 1979 , pinch hitter Dave Bergman went deep in the eighth inning, with one out, bases were empty, Phil Niekro was on the mound, and Bergman became the first former Redbird to hit a major league home run.
Did you know that there are fourteen former Illinois State University baseball players and two former non-players ( Ed Kinsella and Sheldon Mallory ) who made it to the majors? Send updates to Baseball Almanac .