All-Star Athletes: 10 Best Players Born In California

Ricky FrechCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2010

All-Star Athletes: 10 Best Players Born In California

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    Today we continue the series that looks at each state's ten best players with one of the biggest states, California. This state was chock full of athletes that deserved mention and that's why the honorable mention section is going to be so huge. This list was also one of the hardest to rank due to how great the players are here. Let's take a look at the top ten players from California.

Honorable Mentions

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    Here's the many athletes who just missed the cut:

    Tom Brady                            Eddie Murray

    Phil Mickelson                       Gary Payton

    Terrell Davis                          Paul Pierce

    John Daly                              Jimmy Rollins

    Amanda Beard                      CC Sabathia

    Baron Davis                          Junior Seau

    Jeff Gordon                           Tom Seaver

    Jimmie Johnson                     Darryl Strawberry

    Keyshawn Johnson               Bill Walton

    Jason Kidd                            Anthony Munoz

    Mark McGwire                       Billie Jean King

    Reggie Miller                         Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

    Randall Cunningham

10. Warren Moon

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    Born: Los Angeles

    Sport: Football

    Position: Quarterback

    Notable Stats: 9 time Pro Bowl selection, 3 time All-Pro, 2 time Grey Cup MVP, 5 time Grey Cup Champion

    If you put Moon's stats from the Canadien Football League and the NFL together he has 70,553 yards and 494 total touchdowns. His CFL numbers are probably a little higher than they would of been in the NFL, but it's still pretty obvious that Moon is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play.

9. (tie) Trevor Hoffman

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    Born: Bellflower

    Sport: Baseball

    Position: Pitcher

    Notable Stats: 7 time All-Star selection, 2 time NL Reliever of the Year, All-time leader in saves

    Hoffman has 601 saves to his name, which is 42 more than the next closest man, Mariano Rivera. He has simply been one of the best closers to ever play throughout his career. This guy is a sure-fire Hall of Famer whose records might not be challenged for a while.

9. (tie) Randy Johnson

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    Born: Walnut Creek

    Sport: Baseball

    Position: Pitcher

    Notable Stats: 10 time All-Star selection, 5 time Cy Young winner, 2001 World Series Champion

    Randy Johnson might be the most intimidating guy to ever step on the mound. The man is 6'10 and has a blazing fastball; if there's a more feared guy during the 1990s I'd like to meet him. Johnson was a great pitcher who will soon be in the Hall of Fame.

8. Barry Bonds

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    Born: Riverside

    Sport: Baseball

    Position: Left Fielder

    Notable Stats: All-time leader in home runs, 14 time All-Star selection, 8 time Gold Glove Winner, 12 time Silver Slugger, 7 time NL MVP

    Okay, Bonds' stats are obviously a little tainted because of his steroid use, but you can't deny how great he was throughout his career. Regardless of how you feel about the man, you have to recognize that he was a dominate player in two different decades. That kind of production gets him on the list and probably in the Hall of Fame.

7. (tie) O.J. Simpson

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    Born: San Fransisco

    Sport: Football

    Position: Running Back

    Notable Stats: 6 time Pro Bowl selection, 5 time All-Pro selection, 1973 MVP, 1968 Heisman Trophy

    O.J. Simpson is another controversial athlete, but his production on the field is what gets him here. The man was a dominant player in college and the pros. He was the first running back to rush for more than 2,000 yards. All this and more got him elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

7. (tie) Marcus Allen

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    Born: San Diego

    Sport: Football

    Position: Running Back

    Notable Stats: 6 time Pro Bowl selection, 3 time All-Pro selection, 1985 MVP, 1981 Heisman winner, 1983 Super Bowl champion

    As you can see, Marcus Allen and O.J. Simpson led very similar statistical careers. The only major difference is that Allen never rushed for 2,000 yards in a season and Simpson never won a Super Bowl. Both guys are remarkable players and in 2003, Allen joined Simpson in the Hall of Fame.

6. Tony Gwynn

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    Born: Los Angeles

    Sport: Baseball

    Position: Right Fielder

    Notable Stats: 15 time All-Star selection, 5 time Gold Glove winner, 7 time Silver Slugger

    Gwynn is the opposite of Barry Bonds. He was never a power hitter and never had any controversy during his career. He has a lifetime batting average of .338 and never batted below .309 in a full season. He also has over 3,000 hits in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2007.

5. Pete Sampras

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    Born: Los Angeles

    Sport: Tennis

    Notable Stats: 64 career titles, 762 career wins

    Sampras has won seven Wimbletons and five US Opens. From 1993 to 1998 he was the year end No. 1 player. He also had the most total Grand Slam single wins until 2009, when Roger Federer finally overtook him. The man is simply one of the greatest tennis players ever.

4. Tiger Woods

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    Born: Cypress

    Sport: Golf

    Notable Stats: 97 professional wins, 14 Major Championship wins.

    Tiger Woods is another athlete on this list that has been rocked by scandal in his career; however, he is one of the best golfers to ever play. The man is one of the most intimidating presences on the golf course and is still a threat to win any tournament even though he hasn't been playing up to par as of late.

3. Ted Williams

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    Born: San Diego

    Sport: Baseball

    Position: Left Fielder

    Notable Stats: 19 time All-Star selection, 2 time AL MVP

    Ted Williams might be the best all-around hitter ever. He boasts a career .344 batting average and hit 521 home runs. Williams is the last player to post over a .400 batting average in a season, batting .406 in 1941. Not only was he inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1966, but he also was put into the Pro Fishing Hall of Fame.

2. Mark Spitz

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    Born: Modesto

    Sport: Swimming

    Notable Stats: 9 total Gold Medals

    This guy was Michael Phelps 38 years ago. Spitz was an amazingly dominate Olympic swimmer, who just shattered records and acquired tons of medals. The man won seven gold medals in one Olympics; a record that stood until Phelps beat it in 2008.

1. Joe Dimaggio

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    Born: Martinez

    Sport: Baseball

    Position: Center Field

    Notable Stats: 13 time All-Star selection, 9 time World Series Champion, 3 time AL MVP

    DiMaggio is remembered for many things, but the most important thing might be his 56 game hitting streak. That might be one of the records that is never broken and if it is broken, that player will have to be amazing. DiMaggio is one of the best baseball players to ever live and well deserving of his spot atop the list.

    Well, that's all for California's list. Check the next page for links to the past lists and tell me what players were left out in the comments.