Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 11/17/13
There are many celebrities whose fame has paved the way for tryouts or spring training slots on big league teams. Billy Crystal even signed a one day minor league contract with the New York Yankees. There are also many myths. Fidel Castro, Dwight Eisenhower, MC Hammer, George Plimpton, and even Conway Twitty have been said to play minor league ball. Rocker George Thorogood reportedly played for a semi-pro team in the Cape Cod League but statistics or records are elusive. What follows is a top ten list of those from various disciplines who gave the game a real shot.  #10 Michael Jordan It is said that Michael Jordan made an attempt at a baseball career because of his father’s desire for him to succeed in the game. His father was murdered in 1993 which may have been the reason he retired from basketball. The owner of the Chicago Bulls also owned the Chicago White Sox and invited Jordan to spring training in 1994 well aware of the money making potential. He was soon optioned to the AA...
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