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JUNE 8 (1979) - 2 sports*
By Bill Grimes
Jun 8, 2007 - 1:07 AM

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Let’s play 2… sports that is

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK • JUNE 8, 1979 Two future NFL Hall of Fame quarterbacks were drafted right out of high school by major league baseball teams on this date in 1979. Dan Marino was selected in the 4th round by the Kansas City Royals. John Elway was drafted in the 18th round, also by the Royals. They both chose college instead; Marino - Pittsburgh and Elway - Stanford. Marino did not play any professional baseball, but Elway was drafted again in '81 by the Yankees and played one summer at Class A Oneonta, NY.

There have been a bunch of other two-sport stars around. Here are a few of them:

Danny Ainge – The future NBA star played 211 games as an infielder for the Toronto blue Jays from 1979 to ’81, finishing with a .220 average.

George Halas – Played 12 games for the Yankees in 1919 before helping found the National Football League and the Chicago Bears.

Chuck Connors – Played baseball for the Dodgers and Cubs and basketball for the Boston Celtics in the late 40’s and early 50’s. He’s probably best known, however, for his lead role in an old TV show, “The Rifleman.”

Dave DeBussshere – Pitched 102 innings for the White Sox in 1962 & 63 with an impressive ERA of 2.90 before settling full time on an NBA career with the New York Knicks.

Bo Jackson – Played football for the Oakland Raiders and major league baseball for the Royals and White Sox. A hip injury cut short his involvement in both sports.

Michael Jordan – The basketball icon, made a flight of fancy to the White Sox minor leagues in the mid-90’s. Getting back into basketball was a better use of his talents.

Deion Sanders – Deion was probably the most successful two-sport pro athlete. He played parts of 9 seasons for the Yankees, Braves, Reds and Giants, hitting .273 and stealing 56 bases for Cincinnati in 1997. Much of this overlapped with his 14 years in the NFL, 8 as a Pro Bowler, around the same time.

Brian Jordan – Played defensive back (with Deion Sanders) for the Atlanta Falcons in the early 90’s. Jordan settled on baseball after that.

Read on:
http://www.baseball-reference.com/s/sandede02.shtml
http://z.lee28.tripod.com/sbnsstraightfromthesource/id42.html
http://www.thebaseballcube.com/search.asp
http://www.thebaseballcube.com/draft/1979/Round-4-1.shtml



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