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QUESTION: Central Illinois native Jim Thome was among 19 newcomers on this year's ballot for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Since 1960, how many players born in Illinois have been elected?


ANSWER: Six: Rickey Henderson (2009), Kirby Puckett (’01), Robin Yount (1999), Robin Roberts (’76), Lou Boudreau (’70) and Red Ruffing (’67). Three others — Red Schoendienst (’89), Freddie Lindstrom (’76) and Jim Bottomley (’74) — were chosen by the Veterans Committee.

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