Players with other connections to Arkansas

Player Bio and Arkansas Connection
Bill Dickey Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1954, Dickey was a 17-season Major League veteran for the New York Yankees. Although he was born in Backstop, LA, he moved to Little Rock, Arkansas as a teenager and played semi-pro ball with several Arkansas teams. He first went professional with the Little Rock Travelers in 1925.
Rickey Henderson The all-time stolen base leader, Henderson, who is originally from Chicago, lived in Pine Bluff, AR between the ages of 2 and 7 with his grandmother while his mother looked for work in California. He went on to steal 1,406 bases from 1979 and 2005 and hit a career .279. He was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.
Willis Hudlin A long-time Cleveland Indian, Hudlin won 158 games during his 16 seasons in the major leagues. He pitched for the Little Rock Travelers from 1941-1946 while part owning the team as well. After his playing career, he worked as a scout and coach before returning to live in Little Rock, where he died there on August 5th, 2002.
Eddie Lopat 1951 was his only All-Star selection, but Lopat was a very successful starter for the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees from (1944-1955). During that time, he posted a win-loss record of 166-112 and a career 3.21 ERA. Lopat pitched for the Little Rock Travelers during the 1942 and ’43 seasons, his stop before reaching the majors. Lopat also lived in Little Rock throughout the ’40s and even operated a small business during the offseason.
Tom Pagnozzi The National League’s best defending catcher during the early ’90s, Pagnozzi won three Gold Glove Awards while playing 12 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a career .258 hitting, but his defense was enough to land him a spot on the 1992 All-Star team. Pagnozzi also played for the University of Arkansas and helped coach the team after his playing career, and currently lives in Northwest Arkansas.
Lynwood “Schoolboy” Rowe Though he was born in Waco, TX, Rowe grew and went to high school El Dorado, AR. He played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues from 1933-1949 with the Detroit Tigers, Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies, compiling a career 158-101 win-loss record. He made the All-Star team three times and was 4th in the 1934 AL MVP voting. He died in El Dorado at age 50 due to a heart attack.