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Around the Foghorn:Famous People Who Played Pro Baseball

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Oct 4, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Detailed view of St. Louis Cardinals hat and glove in the dugout against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Braves defeated the Cardinals 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

“The Macho Man” Randy Savage

Known then by his real name, Randy Poffo (also the brother of former wrestler Leaping Lanny Poffo), the late, great Macho Man played 4 years in the St. Louis Cardinals system.

He was undrafted, but ended up showing enough to be signed at the age of 18 in 1971.

He was a catcher, outfielder and first baseman who played 2 1/2 seasons of rookie ball and 1 1/2 seasons in A ball. He was best behind the plate, but didn’t look to have the power there.

He did hit 9 home runs in 131 games in 1974, his final year.

As we came to find out, his wrestling career turned out to be a legendary one. His matches with and against Hulk Hogan were epic, and he carved out his own fan following in a time where everyone was a Hulkamaniac.

Next: Charley Pride

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