#Hot Corner

An MLB guide to the US's busiest airports

Thanksgiving is here! As you face the busiest travel weekend of the year, dreading the wait in first one airport and then the next, may I present one minor distraction to pass the time.

With the help of the ever-useful Baseball-Reference.com, I've managed to find the MLB "spirit animals" of some of the busiest airports in the US. You'll never guess how (okay, you'll probably guess right away). Still, as you board your plane in Atlanta, layover in Chicago, and finally wind up in Seattle, it might help your day go by a little faster when you realize that you're traveling with a pair of All-Stars and a Hall of Famer watching your back.

Airport Rank
(Busiest in US)
Airport Code & Name MLB "Spirit Animal"
1 ATL
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Aiport
Atlee Hammaker
2 ORD
O'Hare International Airport
Magglio Ordonez
3 LAX
Los Angeles International Airport
Bill Laxton
(243 IP in 1970-77)
4 MIA
Miami International Airport
Bart Miadich
(11 IP in 2001-03)
5 DFW
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Floyd Weaver*
6 DEN
Denver International Airport
Dennis Eckersley
7 JFK
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Jeff Kent*
8 SFO
San Francisco International Airport
Marco Sforza
(Italian Baseball League)
9 CLT
Charlotte/Douglass International Airport
Cesar Tovar*
10 LAS
McCarran International Airport
Lastings Milledge
11 PHX
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
Steve Phoenix*
(6 IP in 1994-95)
12 IAH
George Bush International Airport
??
13 MCO
Orlando International Airport
Willie McCovey
14 EWR
Newark Liberty International Airport
Ed Wright*
(398 IP in 1945-52)
15 SEA
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Tom Seaver

* No players have names matching this airport code. The MLB "spirit animal" was found through an alternative method (usually through the player's initials instead).

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