I already knew about Dakota and Elle Fanning and Holly Hunter, all of whom came from the town where I spent the last six years of my life teaching.
After extensive research involving Wikipedia, I found an MLB player from my hometown. It turns out Nick Markakis graduated from a high school in my old neighborhood. He went there while I was in college, so there's no chance that I went to school with him, but I worked just down the street from the school at the local Blockbuster Video during those years so it's highly possible he and I crossed paths while he was honing his skills at Woodstock High School. Woodstock is a fairly large suburb of Atlanta now, but when I first moved there Woodstock was still a fairly small town, and it doesn't turn out a yearly crop of draftees.
Markakis is currently in his sixth season playing for the Orioles, with a career batting average near .300 and nearly 100 home runs. He's known for his defense and strong arm - he used to be a pitcher. He's also a former Olympian, but you won't see him on any Team USA cards, since he played for Greece in 2004.
Not only did Nick attend high school in the same town I did, he, like me, relocated to the area at around the same age, and like me, he is of Greek and German ancestry.
In honor of Nick Markakis being the only player I can find who grew up in my hometown, I've decided to add him to my personal player collection. Thankfully, with the simple goals in that collection, I won't have too big of a fight with all the