Three of Top Five Baseball Players from Philly Region Grew Up in Montgomery County

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Jamie Moyer signs autographs for fans before a Phillies game in 2009.

The fact that Montgomery County is bursting with sporting talent has been highlighted again as three out of the five top Major League Baseball players in the Philadelphia region hail from here, writes Joe Trezza for MLB.com.

In an ongoing feature reviewing all 27 Major League cities and their local talent, MLB.com has published Philadelphia’s profile highlighting Montco’s Reggie Jackson, Mike Piazza, and Jamie Moyer.

Reggie Jackson was born in Abington, and played football, basketball, baseball and track before accepting a football scholarship to Arizona State University. However, he turned out to be a better baseball player as he was crowned All-Star fourteen times and is a five-time World Series champion.

Mike Piazza, who spent his childhood in Norristown, was drafted as a favor by family friend Tommy Lasorda but quickly proved to be an outstanding player. He holds the all-time record for home runs as a catcher, is a twelve times All-Star, and a 1993 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner.

Graduate of Souderton High School, Jamie Moyer, recently retired after a stunning career, Moyer was named 2003 AL All-Star, 2008 World Series champion, and 2003 Roberto Clemente Award winner.

Read the entire list at MLB.com by clicking here.

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Top photo credit: Garyisajoke Phillies @ Nationals (May 16, 2009) – 4 via photopin (license)

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