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    BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT

    Lee Maye, a mediocre major league outfielder, tried a career
    as a vocalist and was even less successful than he was as a ball
    player. Mickey McDermott, a lefty pitcher in the 50's tried his
    singing voice in clubs and was soon forgotten as a professional
    entertainer.

    Black Jack McDowell had a group and so did Scott Radinsky,I
    believe (don't quote me on that), but I haven't seen their recordings in any top 100 lists anywhere.

    More successful as entertainers were Johnny Berardino and Chuck
    Conners, the first as a soap opera star and the latter as a TV
    western hero.

    Did I miss anybody? Remember,tv and movie cameos don't count
    or movies in which the player is giving a self-portrayal.

    Can I get a list!!!

    Have at it!!!


    BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT

  • #2
    RE: How about a song and dance?

    Jim Bouton played himself sot of in the short lived TV series based on Ball Four.

    Would Billy Sunday qualify as an "entertainer"?

    I think you have to include Bob Uecker who has branched out beyond the microphone and done some acting (if Mr. Belvedere counts as acting).
    Let's rid baseball of the pestilence of the DH now and forever!

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    • #3
      RE: How about a song and dance?

      Denny McLain was a pianist between trips to the slammer!

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      • #4
        RE: How about a song and dance?

        ...and Phil Linz was a noted harmonica hummer on the team bus (according to Jim Bouton in Ball Four).

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        • #5
          RE: How about a song and dance?

          [updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-16-02 AT 12:13 PM (EST)]BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT

          Wow, I'm impressed you had this information
          at your fingertips.

          Regarding Maye, I know he started as a soloist
          and never heard or saw any tecordings he might have
          made, so I am very surprised to learn he has sung
          with the Platters, although, as you know. he may have
          sung with one of the later "oldies, but goodies"
          versions of the Platters, which is more likely, because
          I definitely know he didn't sing with the original group.
          although I would be more than happy to be corrected
          on that latter point

          The information about Conigliaro is just another
          prime example of what these forums are able to
          dispense and I continue to marvel at how consequential
          the trivial gems are to a baseball trivia nut --- I continue
          to be amazed by each new tidbit and nuance dispensed
          by the membership.

          I knew of Pride's baseball aspirations and I thought
          his tryout was tongue-in-cheek, like Selleck's, Costner's,
          and Garth Brooks' , so, please advise further, if you can.

          If you love baseball trivia, this is the place to be!

          I am so impressed by the gems I encounter continually
          on the message boards, that I am forewarning all so
          inclined that they will be asked to provide a brief resume
          detailing their evolution from novice to expert in the field
          of baseball trivia - that should be just as interesting as
          the "moniker" thread!

          So, dust off those resumes, because you will be asked to let us see how a baseball trivia expert or
          aficionado is developed following that first memorable
          experience with America's national pastime.

          It's coming soon to a theatre near you!

          That's all, folks!
          BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT

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          • #6
            RE: How about a song and dance?

            Stan Musial, like Phil Linz, used to play harmonica and even recorded a CD in the 90s.
            Maury Wills played a banjo in nightclub in the early 60s.
            Ron Guidry once played the drums with the Beach Boys in the concert at Yankee Stadium.
            Eddie Basinski who played in the majors in the 40s had different musical preferences.He was nicknamed "Fiddler" because he played violin for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

            uk::

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            • #7
              Originally posted by BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT
              BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT

              Lee Maye, a mediocre major league outfielder, tried a career
              as a vocalist and was even less successful than he was as a ball
              player. Mickey McDermott, a lefty pitcher in the 50's tried his
              singing voice in clubs and was soon forgotten as a professional
              entertainer.

              Black Jack McDowell had a group and so did Scott Radinsky,I
              believe (don't quote me on that), but I haven't seen their recordings in any top 100 lists anywhere.

              More successful as entertainers were Johnny Berardino and Chuck
              Conners, the first as a soap opera star and the latter as a TV
              western hero.

              Did I miss anybody? Remember,tv and movie cameos don't count
              or movies in which the player is giving a self-portrayal.

              Can I get a list!!!

              Have at it!!!
              Thad Bosley (utility player for the White Sox and Cubs) released an LP sometime in the late 1980s. Been a long time since I've seen it anywhere... sorry I don't have more information on it.

              As for Jack McDowell, here's everything he's done so far:

              V.I.E.W. (McDowell, Wayne Edwards (fellow White Sox pitcher) and Lee Plemel (St. Louis Cardinals prospect, not sure if he ever played in the Majors), two CDs:
              "Extendagenda" (1991) sorta folky-sounding 10-song debut, somewhat emulating REM. This appears on eBay every now and then, and you might have some luck finding it at used CD stores in the Chicago area.
              "Replace The Mind" (1992, four-song EP, Edwards no longer with the group, however White Sox teammate Scott Radinsky joins in on percussion) These songs have a little more of an edge to them. This is extremely hard to find nowadays... it wasn't really distributed widely when it was released... I've NEVER seen this on eBay; I finally was lucky enough to get a copy recently from a dealer in Germany from the GEMM website (www.gemm.com).

              STICKFIGURE (Jack's current band... lots of lineup changes, although Mike Mesaros from the Smithereens has been the regular bassist), four CDs, good alt-rock, definitely edgier than his output from V.I.E.W., growth as a singer/songwriter/performer is evident with each successive release:
              "Just A Thought": (1996)
              "Feedbag": (1998)
              "Ape of the Kings": (2002)
              "Memento Mori": (2004)

              STICKFIGURE CDs are usually available on eBay or Amazon.com, or you can order them directly from Jack himself at http://stickfigure.com (note: do not add the www in front of the URL). Happy listening!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT
                [updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-16-02 AT 12:13 PM (EST)]BASEBALL_TRIVIA_NUT
                I knew of Pride's baseball aspirations and I thought
                his tryout was tongue-in-cheek, like Selleck's, Costner's,
                and Garth Brooks' , so, please advise further, if you can.
                Charley Pride did indeed play baseball in the Negro American League with the Memphis Red Sox. He later was among the final cuts of the 1961 expansion Los Angeles Angels and the 1962 expansion New York Mets.

                He also served in the military for a two year stint between playing for Memphis and the tryout with the Angels.
                http://www.baseballhalloffame.org/ex...eline_1961.jpg

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                • #9
                  Didn't Mike Schmidt appear on some soap opera, a one appearance only, at some time?

                  And I think some other MLB players did 'one-time only' stints on soaps. their names escape me now.
                  CBk Oldtimer #16 now #29

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                  • #10
                    Well, right now Bernie Williams has a CD out.

                    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/as...713321-1919206
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sweet Lou
                      Well, right now Bernie Williams has a CD out.

                      http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/as...713321-1919206
                      During the 2002 All-Star Break, he played at the Chicago House of Blues, playing Latin jazz, and was introduced by a certain Yankee-loving ex-mayor of NYC. Guess who.

                      Oh, and I just realized that McGwire won't be able to sing (not even for his supper). He has a little frog in his throat.
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                      • #12
                        Oisk

                        Carl Erskine plays "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" on his harmonica during the seventh inning stretch here on July 4th.

                        Scott Spezio plays guitar with a band called Sandfrog, that I've heard has that Seattle thrash/grunge flavor.

                        Most recently, HOF pitcher Jim Bunning can be seen as a ham actor portraying a U.S. Senator from Kentucky, but he has as much trouble with his lines as he did with that pitch to Stargell.
                        Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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                        • #13
                          Omar Vizquel has sat in at drums for fundraisers.
                          Novelists Zane Grey & Eliot Asinof played minor league baseball.
                          Dwight Eisenhower supposedly played semi-pro baseball.
                          Mario Cuomo was in the minor leagues.
                          Randy Savage (yeah, the wrestler) supposedly was third in his minor league in HR & RBI one year.
                          Conway Twitty got an offer to play for the Phillies minor leagues before and after the Korean War.
                          Mythical SF Chronicle scouting report: "That Jeff runs like a deer. Unfortunately, he also hits AND throws like one." I am Venus DeMilo - NO ARM! I can play like a big leaguer, I can field like Luzinski, run like Lombardi. The secret to managing is keeping the ones who hate you away from the undecided ones. I am a triumph of quantity over quality. I'm almost useful, every village needs an idiot.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jman74
                            Denny McLain was a pianist between trips to the slammer!
                            Actually, he played the organ, which is far cheesier than the piano!

                            KH14
                            “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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                            • #15
                              Former Dodgers pitcher Scott Radinsky also had his grunge-like band (though the name escapes me at the moment). Bernie Williams has a CD out (and it's actually great), and Jose Lima has a CD out in Latin America, but it hasn't quite made it to the States.
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