Found April 01, 2013 on Larry Brown Sports:
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Jack Nicklaus is widely considered to be the greatest golfer of all time, but the Golden Bear insists he is not a one-trick pony. During a recent interview for a feature called “Words From the Wise” from Golf Digest, Nicklaus talked about his passion for baseball. Like golf, he says baseball is a game he was pretty damn good at. “If I never had gotten into golf, I think I’d have been a baseball player,” Nicklaus said. “My first love was baseball. I was a catcher. I was a good, strong hitter — a switch hitter — with a good arm. But baseball was a sport where I needed someone else to throw the ball back, and you’re waiting on a dusty field for other kids to show up. Heck, I could go to the golf course and practice whenever I wanted to practice, and I didn’t have to rely on someone else. That’s what ran me out of baseball.” As MLB.com’s Cut 4 pointed out, a good switch-hitting catcher is hard to come by. There have only been 89 in MLB history, and only 34 of those have 1,000 or more car
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