Last month, we looked at the most average—yet beloved player in each team's history.
Outside of those markets, people would look at the names on that list and shrug their shoulders, completely unaffected by the players included one way or the other.
But in Atlanta, for example, Mark Lemke is a big deal.
When it comes to the most beloved players in the history of the game, we are undoubtedly talking about those who are far from average.
These are some of the best players in the history of the game who had a connection with the fans. Not just with their hometown fans either, these are players who are universally accepted by the masses.
Some simply earned the respect of fans around the league by their play on the field while others had the type of personality that people are simply drawn to, regardless of what uniform they were wearing—or maybe it's a combination of the two.
Let's take a look at 25 players who, for whatever the reason, are universally accepted, respected, and beloved in the baseball universe.