NEW YORK (WFAN) — It’s always nice when the stars align and New Yorkers can cheer for fellow New Yorkers playing for New York teams. Here is a look at some of the more memorable examples of players from the five boroughs who went on to play pro ball here.
Anthony was born in Brooklyn and spent several years of his childhood there before moving to Baltimore. The nine-time All-Star has spent 5½ seasons of his 13-year career so far playing for the Knicks.
Betances was born in Washington Heights. The 28-year-old Yankees reliever has already been selected to three All-Star Games.
Born in Brooklyn, Braun was the Knicks’ first star player. He played for the franchise from 1947-61, was a five-time All-Star and competed in the NBA Finals three times.
The Astoria, Queens, native, is arguably the greatest Yankees pitcher of all time. He played 16 seasons in the majors, was an eight-time All-Star, won the Cy Young in 1961 and was a member of six World Series-winning squads. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.
The popular longtime closer of the Mets was raised in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. Franco was a four-time All-Star and led the National League in saves three times.
A native of the Yorkville section of Manhattan, Gehrig went on to attend Columbia University and then play 17 seasons for the Yankees. He was a two-time MVP and set the record for most consecutive games played (2,130), which stood for 56 years.
Hoyt was born in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School in Flatbush. He won three World Series with the Yankees in the 1920s. Over his 21-year career, which also included stints with the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, Hoyt won 237 games. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
Jackson, who was born in Brooklyn and played for St. John’s, spent more than six of his 17 seasons in the NBA with the Knicks. He was an All-Star in 1989.
King was born in Brooklyn and attended Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge. The four-time All-Star spent the first two years of his career with the New Jersey Nets (1977-80), then returned to finish his career with the team during the 1992-93 season. He’s, however, better remembered for playing for the Knicks from 1982-87.
Arguably the greatest pitcher of all time, Koufax was raised in Borough Park, Brooklyn, and spent three years with the Brooklyn Dodgers (1955-57) before the team moved to Los Angeles. The 1955 Dodgers won the World Series when Koufax, a three-time Cy Young winner, was just a 19-year-old rookie.
Born in New York City, Lopat pitched for the Yankees teams that won five straight World Series from 1949-53. Lopat was an All-Star in 1951 and won 15 or more games six times.
A Coney Island native, Marbury played for the New Jersey Nets from 1999-01 and the Knicks from 2004-09. He was an All-Star with the Nets in 2001.
McGuire was born in the Bronx and got his start on the playgrounds in Rockaway Beach. He went on to star at St. John’s and enjoy a Hall of Fame career with the Knicks and Pistons from 1949-60. He also later coached both of those teams.
A native of Hell’s Kitchen, Mullen played for the Rangers from 1987-91 and for the Islanders during the 1992-93 season. He was an All-Star in 1989.
The son of former French tennis player Yannick Noah and former Miss Sweden Cecilia Rodhe, Noah was born in New York City and played at the United Nations International School in Manhattan and Poly Prep in Brooklyn. He signed in July as a free agent with the Knicks, the team he grew up cheering for.
Randolph was born in Brooklyn and attended Samuel J. Tilden High School in East Flatbush before embarking on an 18-year career in the major leagues. He played for the Yankees from 1976-88. There, he was a five-time All-Star and two-time World Series champ. He finished his career in 1992 with the Mets, the same team he would later go on to manage.
Rizzuto was born in Brooklyn and attended Richmond Hill High School in Queens. With the exception of three years when he served in the Navy during World War II, Rizzuto spent his entire career with the Yankees, from 1941-56. The Hall of Famer was a five-time All-Star and member of seven world championship teams.
A-Rod was born in Washington Heights and actually grew up a Mets fan. The three-time MVP has been a Yankee since 2004 and helped the team win a world championship in 2009.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Schmitt was the starting center for the Jets in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was a member of Gang Green’s lone Super Bowl-winning team in January 1969.
Nicknamed the “Staten Island Scot,” Thomson played for the New York baseball Giants from 1946-53. Of course, the three-time All-Star is best known for his “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that clinched the pennant against the Dodgers in 1951.
In June, the Brooklyn Nets drafted the Coney Island native in the second round.