5. Bill Dickey
High School: Searcy
College: Little Rock College
Professional Teams: New York Yankees (1928-43, 1946)
Notable: Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954; 14-time World Series champion as a player or coach; 11-time All-Star; jersey No. 8 is retired by the New York Yankees
Dickey was the backbone of eight of the New York Yankees’ World Series, playing alongside baseball legends Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio.
He made the All-Star game 11 times between 1928-1943 before leaving baseball to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II. In 1946, he returned to the Yankees as a player-manager, but retired after the season.
Three years later, in 1949, he became a coach for the Yankees, where he tutored the next great Yankee catcher, Yogi Berra, and was a part of six more World Series champion teams.
After Berra, who also wore jersey No. 8, and Dickey retired, the New York Yankees retired the number. Both players are also honored with plaques in Yankee Stadium’s Monument Park.