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Jan 20, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Singer Charley Pride sings the National Anthem prior to the game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the New Orleans Pelicans at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Charley Pride

Country music crooner Charley Pride had a 3-game minor league pitching career with the Missoula Timberjacks in 1960. This was following a short career in the Negro Leagues, signing with the Memphis Red Sox in 1952 at the age of 14. He lost two years to go into the military before an arm injury took away his effectiveness.

His singing career really started when he was asked to sing while playing on his company’s baseball team. He would eventually follow that calling with songs like “Just Between You And Me”, “Kiss an Angel Good Morning”, as well as appearing at the Grand Ole Opry.

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