Roberto Alomar, Charleston Rainbows, 1985
Considered one of the all-time great second baseman and one of the biggest stars of his era, the slick-fielding Roberto Alomar began his professional career with the Charleston Rainbows in 1985 as just a 17-year-old. While playing alongside his brother, Sandy Alomar, Jr., and under the tutelage of his father, Rainbows manager Sandy Alomar, Sr., the Puerto Rican native roved the College Park infield while hitting .293 with the then Padres-affiliated South Atlantic League squad. In his one season in the Lowcountry, Alomar stole 36 bases and drove in 54 runs while reaching base at a .362 clip.
Alomar went on to have a 17-year Big League career with seven different clubs, most notably the Padres and Blue Jays while holding a lifetime .300 batting average. He was a 12-time All-Star and garnered 10 Gold Gloves at second base, more than any other player at the position. He won back-to-back World Series with Toronto in 1992 and 1993 and was named the '92 ALCS MVP. He was enshrined into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Over his MLB career, Alomar scored over 1,500 runs, had over 500 doubles, and stole 474 stolen bases, putting him at No. 40 on the all-time list. Revered baseball statistician Bill James placed Alomar at No. 80 on his All-Time Top 100 List, and by weighted runs created he ranks 65th in baseball history (1,509). Despite all of these accolades, Alomar never won an MVP award, finishing as close as third in 1999 and placing in the top-6 in voting five times. Alomar's 546 at-bats during the 1985 season still stand as the third most all-time in Charleston's franchise history dating back to 1980.
Kiki Cuyler, Charleston Pals, 1922
An outstanding hitter with great speed both on the basepaths and in the outfield, Cuyler established himself as one of the premier hitters of his era in an 18-year career with Pirates, Cubs, Reds, and Dodgers from 1921-38. Cuyler made one Major League appearance with the Pirates before beginning the 1922 season with the then Class B affiliated Charleston Pals, where the Harrisburg, Mich. native hit .309 with 12 homers, 29 doubles, and 15 triples during his time in the Lowcountry.
Cuyler held a lifetime .321 batting average over his MLB career while twice leading the National League in runs scored (1925, 1926), four times in stolen bases (1926, 1928-30), and once apiece in doubles and triples during the 1934 and 1925 seasons, respectively. In his second full season in 1925, he hit .357 with 18 homers, 102 RBIs, and 41 stolen bases while finishing second in the MVP voting as Pittsburgh clinched the NL Pennant. He hit the game-winning home run in Game Two of the World Series, and the game-winning double in the eighth inning of Game 7 off of Walter Johnson to lead the Pirates to a championship, his only World Series ring of his career. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1968, 18 years after his passing.
Originally a football player for the US Military Academy during World War I, Cuyler worked at a Buick factory in Flint, Mich. before trying his hand at professional baseball where he would eventually establish himself as a Major League regular with the Pirates in 1924. Cuyler is also noted for becoming the first player to hit home runs in the World Series for two different clubs (Pirates and the Cubs).