Nebraska is not really a hot-bed for Major League talent. There have only been 113 players in Major League history that were born in the State of Nebraska. Hall of Famers from Nebraska include Grover Cleveland Alexander, Bob Gibson, Richie Ashburn, and a few others.
I spent some time working at the Nebraska Major League Baseball Hall of Fame located in St. Paul, Nebraska when I was a lawyer in that town. I was actually the Chairman of the Board for a year there. It was one of the most rewarding, interesting things that I have ever done, and is one of the reasons that I regret leaving St. Paul. I helped procure items for the museum, including a bobblehead figure of Alex Gordon in his Lincoln Southeast high school uniform that was a stadium giveaway at Rosenblatt Stadium, then the home of the Omaha Royals. I also met former Major League stars such as Bob Cerv and Russ Snyder, both of whom played in the 1950's, when we brought them to town as honored guests for the town's weekend festival, called the Grover Cleveland Alexander Days (Alexander was from the nearby town of Elba, Nebraska).
There have been only five native Nebraskan Major League players and one manager to appear for the Red Sox. Below will be a very quick profile of each player:
Red Sox stats: .247/.307/.326, 34 RBIs, 14 doubles.
Red Sox record: 220-188.
Hunter is the only University of Nebraska alumni to be drafted by and make it to the Majors with the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately, his career was so short that he never even had a baseball card made, not even a minor league card. Hunter's Major League career consisted of three non-sequential years (1971, 1973, 1975) in which he spent 8, 13, and 1 games at the big league level. He had just five hits in 24 plate appearances, two of which were doubles. Hunter was born in Omaha.
Red Sox stats: .294/.478/.412, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 runs.
Red Sox stats: .338/.428/.462, 85 home runs, 687 RBIs, 2,098 hits, 1,412 walks.
Red Sox stats: .208/.240/.298, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 runs.
Red Sox stats: 0-2, 7.82 ERA, 9 strikeouts, 8 walks in 12.2 innings.
Three Major League Nebraska natives played in the minors with the Red Sox, all three were catchers. Those three were Jerry Zimmerman (Omaha), Todd Pratt (Bellevue), and B.J. Waszgis (Omaha).