North Dakota’s pride and joy when it comes to baseball are the legendary Roger Maris. While he played for the Indians, Kansas City Athletics, the Yankees, and the Cardinals, he collected accolade after accolade. These include being a seven-time All-Star, winning the World Series three times, and two-time American League MVP.
Maris was also the American League home run leader in 1961. While North Dakota claims this slugger as their own, he was actually born in Hibbing, Minnesota. His family moved to North Dakota four years after his birth. He still holds the American League record for most home runs in a season.
New York - Jim Brown
Plenty of amazing athletes have come from New York, but it's very hard to overshadow Jim Brown. Not only was Brown a legendary player on the gridiron, but he also mastered lacrosse! Between the end zones, he was an eight-time rushing champion and a three-time NFL MVP.
Brown garnered a whopping 12,300 rushing yards in total, he was a five-time rushing touchdowns leader, and he's on the NFL 100th Anniversary All-Time Team. And don't worry – Jim is also in the Lacrosse Hall of Fame. He only spent eight years for the Browns, but his mark on the franchise is impossible to remove.
North Carolina - Michael Jordan
There are plenty of ballers on this list, but none of them will ever top Jordan. His teams have won six NBA championships, all thanks to him. Jordan himself has been the league scoring champion ten times.
His total racked-up points are above thirty-nine thousand. Jordan is a legend on and off the court thanks not only to his incredible play but his sportswear brand, his brief stint in baseball, and his starring role in “Space Jam.” It isn't off-base by much to say he's the best basketball player ever, and without a doubt, he's the best athlete from North Carolina.
Ohio - LeBron James
There aren't many members of this list that are still playing, but King James is the exception. All four of the teams he's played with have benefited greatly from his huge stature and impeccable ball skills. The list of awards and accolades he's gathered is titanic.
LeBron has four championships, four NBA Finals MVP awards, and four NBA MVP awards. His feats are many, but his most memorable might be the comeback he led with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. He's even got a couple of Olympic medals under his belt thanks to his inclusion in the United States Olympic team.
Oklahoma - Mickey Mantle
Here's another name that historians and baseball fans will all recognize. Mickey's first love was always baseball – so much so that he turned down a football scholarship in Oklahoma because he just couldn't stay away from the diamond. Nicknamed the “Commerce Comet,” Mantle led his team to their first win in six years when he joined the team at twenty years old. That team being, of course, the New York Yankees.
Mantle played with them for almost twenty years, helping them get seven World Series championships. In the meantime, he made it to the All-Star game an eye-popping twenty times. Not just the most celebrated player in Oklahoma, this batsman is one of the best ever.