Let’s play 2… sports that is
NEW YORK CITY, NEW
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.
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:
future NBA star played 211 games as an infielder for the
Toronto blue Jays from 1979 to ’81, finishing
with a .220 average.
– Played 12 games for the Yankees in 1919
before helping found the National Football League and the Chicago Bears.
– 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
– 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.
– 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.
– 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 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.
– Played defensive back (with Deion
Sanders) for the Atlanta Falcons in the early 90’s.
Jordan settled on baseball after