We've all seen the top of the career home run list. Many of us can recite the top home run hitters of all-time. But here's some tougher trivia: Who is the home run leader for each state? As in, which player born in each state hit the most home runs in the Major Leagues? Here's a look at the all-time leader from each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia:
Alabama: Hank Aaron, 755
The first state in the order of the alphabet yields the man who hit the second-most home runs in MLB history. “Hammerin’ Hank,” who was born and raised in Mobile, was the model of consistency, belting 30 or more home runs in 15 of 17 seasons from 1957-73. On April 8, 1974, he broke the then-all-time home run record by launching the 715th of his career to eclipse Babe Ruth at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. He was an All-Star in 21 of his 23 seasons, the 1957 National League Most Valuable Player, and finished in the top five of MVP voting seven other times.
Runner-up: Willie Mays, 660
Alaska: Josh Phelps, 64
Phelps was born in Anchorage and was drafted by the Blue Jays out of Lakeland High School in Idaho. He hit 47 of his 64 career homers over five seasons with Toronto before being traded to the Indians during the 2004 campaign. After slugging .579 with five homers in 24 games down the stretch for Cleveland, he became a journeyman -- he would appear in the Majors for four teams over his final three seasons: the Rays, Yankees, Pirates and Cardinals. He signed with the Giants, Rockies and Indians between 2008-10, but was unable to get back to the big leagues with those clubs.
Runner-up: Randy Kutcher, 10
Arizona: Ian Kinsler, 257
Kinsler, who was born in Tucson, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Rangers, for whom he was a three-time All-Star and helped lead the club to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2010 and ’11. He had his two best home run seasons with Texas, smashing 31 in 2009, and 32 in ’11. In all, he hit 156 homers with the Rangers before signing with the Tigers, where he launched 78 more over four seasons in a tough home venue for sluggers -- Comerica Park. The second baseman hit 23 more homers over his final two seasons, split between the Angels, Red Sox and Padres.
Runner-up: J.J. Hardy, 188
Arkansas: Torii Hunter, 353
Hunter’s offensive exploits may have been overshadowed by his tremendous outfield defense, but the Pine Bluff native and nine-time Gold Glove Award winner was also a slugger in his day. He belted 214 of his career homers in 12 seasons with the Twins, including a career-high 31 in 2006. He hit 105 more in five seasons with the Angels, and 17 homers in each season from 2013-14 for the Tigers.
Runner-up: Pat Burrell, 292
California: Barry Bonds, 762
The all-time and single-season home run king was born in Riverside and grew up in the Bay Area, where his father, Bobby, was a star with the Giants from 1968-74. Bonds began his Major League career with the Pirates, with whom he became the best all-around player in the game and won NL MVP Awards in 1990 and ’92. He hit 176 homers over seven seasons with Pittsburgh before signing with his hometown Giants. Bonds went on to crush 586 homers with San Francisco, including a record 73 in 2001, as well as win five more MVP Awards.
Runner-up: Mark McGwire, 583
Colorado: Chase Headley, 130
Headley was born and raised in Fountain before being drafted by the Padres out of the University of Tennessee in 2005. He was typically a 12-15 homer per year player, but had his big season in 2012, when he broke out for 31 homers and an NL-best 115 RBIs. He hit 87 homers in nine seasons with San Diego, and 43 more in four seasons with the Yankees.
Runner-up: Johnny Frederick, 85
Connecticut: Mo Vaughn, 328
The Hit Dog was born in Norwalk and drafted by the Red Sox 23rd overall out of Seton Hall University in 1989. Vaughn was the 1995 AL MVP, but his finest season at the plate came the next year, when he smashed a career-best 44 homers and 143 RBIs. He would end up with 230 homers over eight seasons with Boston before signing with the Angels as a free agent prior to the 1999 season. He launched another 69 homers in two seasons with Anaheim, and was traded to the Mets before the 2002 campaign. He only played in 166 games over two seasons with New York, for whom he hit the final 29 homers of his career.
Runner-up: Dick McAuliffe, 197
Delaware: Paul Goldschmidt, 249
The first active player on the list, Goldschmidt was born in Wilmington before moving to Texas and being drafted out of Texas State University in 2009 by the D-backs. A top-3 finisher in MVP voting three times, Goldschmidt hit a career-high 36 homers twice, in 2013 and ’17 with Arizona. Altogether, he belted 209 homers in eight seasons with the D-backs before being traded to the Cardinals, for whom he’s hit 40 in 219 games thus far.
Runner-up: Jon Mabry, Randy Bush and Dave May, 96 each
District of Columbia: Don Money, 176
Money only hit more than 20 homers once in his career -- he had 25 in 1977 for the Brewers -- but he had a solid 16-year career as a three-time All-Star infielder for the Phillies in addition to Milwaukee. He hit 134 of those homers over 11 seasons with the Brewers, and 42 in five years with Philadelphia.
Runner-up: Justin Bour, 92
Florida: Gary Sheffield, 509
Like California, Florida is a historically baseball-rich state, so it’s no surprise that there are some big sluggers at the top of the list. Sheffield, however, led them all. He was born in Tampa and drafted by the Brewers out of Tampa’s Hillsborough High School sixth overall in 1986. Sheffield spent the first four seasons of his career with Milwaukee, but became a star with the Marlins, for whom he hit 122 homers from 1993-98. He was traded to the Dodgers during the ’98 campaign, and went on to hit 129 homers in four seasons with Los Angeles. From there, Sheffield averaged 34 homers per year for the Braves and Yankees before winding down his career with the Tiger and Mets, hitting No. 500 with New York in 2009.
Runner-up: Fred McGriff, 493
Georgia: Frank Thomas, 521
Before he was the Big Hurt, he was born in Columbus and attended Columbus High School. From there he became a star baseball player at Auburn and was selected seventh overall in the 1989 MLB Draft by the White Sox. Thomas became one of the most feared sluggers in the game during the decade of the 1990s, winning two MVP Awards and launching 337 of his 521 career homers from 1991-2000 for Chicago. He would top 40 homers once more in his career, with 42 in 2003, and reached the 500-homer milestone with the Blue Jays in ’06.
Runner-up: Johnny Mize, 359
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First & Last: Thomas' home runs
Hawaii: Kurt Suzuki, 133
Suzuki has enjoyed a 14-year MLB career that isn’t over just yet, and the Wailuku native hit 17 homers as recently as 2019 for the Nationals to help Washington win the first World Series title in franchise history. Suzuki began his career with the A’s, for whom he hit the first 57 home runs of his career. He’s had two stints with Washington, and spent three years with the Twins and two with the Braves from 2014-18. His best offensive campaign was in ’17, when despite playing in only 81 games, he belted 19 homers.
Runner-up: Shane Victorino, 108
Idaho: Harmon Killebrew, 573
Vance Law hit 71 homers in his career, and could’ve been the all-time home run leader born in Idaho. But there’s this other guy, Killebrew, who hit 502 more. Killebrew led the Majors in homers four times and the AL twice. In all, he hit 40 or more homers in a season eight times, including a career-best 49 with 140 RBIs to win the 1969 AL MVP Award with the Twins. He hit 559 of his homers for Minnesota, and 14 more in 1975 with the Royals during the final season of his Hall of Fame career.
Runner-up: Vance Law, 71
Illinois: Jim Thome, 612
He’s the quietest 600-homer hitter you’ll ever meet. Thome, born in Peoria and drafted by the Indians out of Illinois Central College in 1989, became a gentle giant in the batter’s box, breaking out with 38 homers in 1996, his first season of more than 150 games. That began a streak of nine straight seasons of 30 or more homers, including an otherworldly run from 2001-03, a span over which he hit 148 homers. That ’03 season was his first with the Phillies after signing with Philadelphia as a free agent. He spent four there and then four more with the White Sox. It was with the Twins in 2011 that Thome reached the prestigious 600-home run club.
Runner-up: Gary Gaetti, 360
Indiana: Gil Hodges, 370
Born in Princeton, Hodges attended Petersburg High School and St. Joseph’s College in the Hoosier State before becoming a star outfielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He belted a career-high 42 homers in 1954, and helped the Dodgers win their long-awaited first World Series title the following year over the Yankees. He moved with the franchise to Los Angeles in 1958, and hit 25 homers for the ’59 World Series champs. Overall, Hodges hit 361 home runs over 16 seasons with the Dodgers before finishing his career with nine homers in 65 games with the Mets from 1962-63.
Runner-up: Scott Rolen 316
Iowa: Hal Trosky, 228
Trosky was a great slugger lost in an era of great sluggers like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx. But Trosky had an incredible 1936 campaign in particular, smashing a career-high 42 home runs and driving in an MLB-best 162 runs, only to finish 10th in AL MVP Award voting that year. The first baseman’s peak was great, but short-lived -- he averaged 29 homers per season from 1934-40 for the Indians, but hit only 23 more the rest of his career.
Runner-up: Casey Blake, 167
Kansas: Tony Clark, 251
Clark was born in Newton but attended high school in California before the Tigers made him the second overall pick in the 1990 MLB Draft. “Tony the Tiger” (that one writes itself) launched 124 homers from 1996-99, but injuries marred the rest of his career -- though he did hit 30 homers with a 1.003 OPS for the D-backs in 2005. Overall, he hit 156 homers in seven seasons for Detroit and 59 in five seasons with Arizona. He hit the other 36 home runs of his career in short stints with the Red Sox, Mets, Yankees and Padres.
Runner-up: Johnny Damon, 235
Kentucky: Jay Buhner, 310
Buhner was born in Louisville but moved to Texas, where he was drafted by the Pirates in 1984. In December of that year, Pittsburgh traded him to the Yankees, for whom he made his MLB debut three seasons later. The right fielder would only play in 32 games for New York before he was traded to Seattle as part of a package for Ken Phelps. That deal worked out decidedly better for the Mariners, as Buhner anchored the middle of their lineup along with Ken Griffey Jr. in the 1990s. Buhner hit 124 homers between 1995-97, and 307 in 14 seasons overall with Seattle.
Runner-up: Mark Reynolds, 298
Louisiana: Mel Ott, 511
Ott, a native of Gretna, spent his entire 22-year Hall of Fame career with the Giants from 1926-47. The 12-time All-Star hit a career-high 42 home runs in 1929, and led the NL in homers six times. In addition to his 511 homers, Ott finished with a career slash line of .304/.414/.533. He also helped lead the Giants to a World Series championship in 1933, when he hit .389 with a pair of homers against the Senators.
Runner-up: Albert Belle, 381
Maine: Del Bissonette, 66
Bissonette, who was born in Winthrop, holds the distinction of the most home runs by a player born in Maine despite playing only five Major League seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1928-33. His rookie year was his best at the plate, when the first baseman slugged 25 homers and drove in 106 runs. But illness and injury derailed his career after 1931, and he retired as a player in 1933, becoming a coach.
Runner-up: George Gore, 46
Maryland: Babe Ruth, 714
Maryland boasts a rich history, and one of the most iconic individuals to come from that state is also the most iconic player in baseball history. Ruth was born in Baltimore, where his ability to obliterate baseball became apparent by the time he was 19, when the Red Sox purchased him from the Baltimore Orioles of the International League. The rest is history. A great pitcher-turned-slugger, Boston famously sold him to the Yankees, and he quickly transformed the game. He led Majors in homers 12 times, setting and eclipsing his own single-season and career records several times in the process. His career record of 714 stood for 40 seasons before being broken by Aaron in 1974.
Runner-up: Jimmie Foxx, 534
Massachusetts: Jeff Bagwell, 449
Bagwell was born in Boston and drafted out of the University of Hartford by his hometown Red Sox in 1989. In one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history, Boston traded him to the Astros for veteran pitcher Larry Andersen in 1990. Bagwell became the franchise’s greatest hitter -- he was the 1991 NL Rookie of the Year, the 1994 NL MVP, averaged 37 homers per season from 1994-2003, and elected to the Hall of Fame.
Runner-up: Richie Hebner, 203
Michigan: Kirk Gibson and John Mayberry, 255 each
Being the all-time co-leader for Major League home runs from the state of Michigan is great, but Gibson, born in Pontiac, has another pretty decent claim to fame -- his clutch home run to win Game 1 of the 1988 World Series for the Dodgers over the A’s, one of the most improbable home runs in baseball history. Mayberry was born in Detroit and had a solid 15-year career as a first baseman. He was a two-time All-Star with the Royals and runner-up in the 1975 AL MVP race, hitting a career-best 34 home runs and leading the league with 119 walks.
Runner-up: Ted Simmons, 248
Minnesota: Dave Winfield, 465
Winfield is one of the greatest athletes to ever play baseball. Born in St. Paul, he was drafted by teams in three different sports -- the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL, and the San Diego Padres in MLB. Winfield chose baseball and became a Hall of Famer over a stellar 22-year career with the Padres, Yankees, Angels, Blue Jays, Indians and hometown Twins. He was a 12-time All-Star and a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner in the outfield. And, of course, he crushed mammoth home runs.
Runner-up: Kent Hrbek, 293
Mississippi: Ellis Burks, 352
Burks was born in Vicksburg, and while he didn’t pick up baseball until he was a teenager, he became heralded to the point where some were calling him “the next Willie Mays.” The Red Sox drafted him in 1983 out of Ranger Junior College in Texas, and when he got to the Majors, he immediately showed why he was so highly touted -- Burks hit 20 homers and stole 27 bases in his 1987 rookie campaign. Injuries plagued Burks throughout his career, but when he was in the lineup, he produced. His finest season came in 1996 with the Rockies, when he slugged .639 while hitting 40 homers and stealing 32 bases.
Runner-up: Dave Parker, 339
Missouri: Ryan Howard, 382
Born in St. Louis, Howard was drafted out of Missouri State University in 2001 by the Phillies. He became the fastest player to reach 250 career home runs, eclipsing the milestone in his 855th career game, which came in 2010. Howard ruptured his left Achilles while running to first base as the final out of the 2011 NL Division Series against the Cardinals. He was never the same after that, averaging 19 home runs through the final five seasons of his Major League career.
Runner-up: Yogi Berra, 358
Montana: John Lowenstein, 116
Lowenstein was never a big home run hitter, though he did hit a career-high 24 homers for the Orioles in 1982, a breakout year in which he posted a 1.017 OPS over 122 games. Beyond that, he never hit more than 15 homers in a season over a 16-year career during which he also played for the Indians and Rangers.
Runner-up: Ed Bouchee, 61
Nebraska: Alex Gordon, 190
Gordon will go down as one of the greatest players in Royals history, winning eight Gold Glove Awards in left field and helping lead Kansas City to a World Series title in 2015. Gordon was never considered a big home run hitter, with a career-high of 23 in 2011, but was very productive at the plate from 2011-15, a span over which he posted an .809 OPS to go along with his elite defense in left field.
Runner-up: Wade Boggs, 118
Nevada: Bryce Harper, 232
Harper was a phenom from before he was even an adult, drafted first overall by the Nationals out of the College of Southern Nevada in 2010. The Las Vegas native would quickly become the best hitter to come from the state, capturing that accolade within a few short years in the Majors. The 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and the 2015 NL MVP has shown just how elite a player he can be, though he has had some seasons that, by his standards, were subpar. Nevertheless, he’s well on his way to the 300-home run mark and possibly a Hall of Fame career.
Runner-up: Kris Bryant, 142
New Hampshire: Phil Plantier, 91
Plantier was born in Manchester and moved to California as a child. He was drafted by the Red Sox in 1987 out of high school, His first full season in the Majors came in 1993 after he had been traded to the Padres, and he made the most of it, slugging 34 home runs and driving in 100 runs in 138 games for San Diego. But that was Plantier’s high water mark -- he would hit 18 home runs the next season and just 21 over his final three MLB seasons.
Runner-up: Red Rolfe, 69
New Jersey: Mike Trout, 302
They don’t call him the “Millville Meteor” for nothing. Trout was born in Vineland and drafted 25th overall in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Angels. He quickly established himself as a superstar in the Majors, and the three-time AL MVP has been considered the best position player in the game for several years now. He hit his 300th career home run in 2020, just his 10th season in the Majors. That homer also made him the all-time franchise leader for the Angels, passing Tim Salmon.
Runner-up: Eric Karros, 284
New Mexico: Ralph Kiner, 369
Kiner, who was born in Santa Rita, led the NL with 23 home runs in his 1946 rookie campaign. He then proceeded to lead the Majors in homers six straight years, launching a career-high 51 in 1947, his age-24 season. Over his first seven seasons, Kiner averaged 42 home runs. Had he played in the two or three seasons prior to 1946, he certainly would have had a chance to go over the 400-homer mark in his career, but he was serving in World War II during those years. His career ended prematurely due to a back injury at age 32.
Runner-up: Vern Stephens, 247
New York: Alex Rodriguez, 696
New York, much like California and Florida, has an impressive home run leaderboard. We’re talking names like Lou Gehrig, Carl Yastrzemski, Hank Greenberg, Edgar Martinez and Craig Biggio. But Rodriguez is the leader by far. A-Rod was born in New York and moved to Florida, from where he was selected No. 1 overall in 1993 by the Mariners. He would go on to set records for length and value of contracts and rapidly became one of the elite players in the game. He led the AL in homers twice, and the Majors in homers three times. He hit more than 50 homers in a season three times and was a three-time AL MVP.
Runner-up: Lou Gehrig, 493
North Carolina: Ryan Zimmerman, 270
Zimmerman was born in Washington, N.C., and would play Major League baseball for all 15 seasons of his career for the Washington Nationals. He was the first pick made by the Nationals after relocating from Montreal, as the fourth overall selection in the 2005 MLB Draft. He launched more than 20 homers seven times, including two 30-plus-homer campaigns -- 33 in 2009, and 36 in 2017. Though he was hurt most of his final season, he went out with a bang as Washington won the first World Series title in franchise history.
Runner-up: Brandon Phillips, 211
North Dakota: Travis Hafner, 213
Hafner was born in Jamestown and went to high school in Sykeston before being drafted in the 31st round of the 1996 MLB Draft by the Rangers out of a Kansas junior college. He was traded to the Indians and had three tremendous seasons from 2004-06, over which he slugged .611 with 103 homers. But injuries derailed his promising career, which ended at age 36 in 2013. He hit exactly 200 homers for the Indians.
Runner-up: Darin Erstad, 124