As Spring Training and the NCAA Tournament continue . . .
Twenty fun facts about diamonds and hoops
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1 Chuck Connors, TV's rifleman, played two seasons for the Boston Celtics (1946-48) and then for baseball's Brooklyn Dodgers (1949) and Chicago Cubs (1951). The Seton Hall standout also was drafted by the Chicago Bears.
2 Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson (Creighton) played for the Harlem Globetrotters in 1957-58.
7 Big Frank Howard, who hit 382 home runs for the Dodgers, Washington Senators-Texas Rangers and Tigers, still holds the Ohio State record for most rebounds in a game (32) and was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors.
8 Lou Boudreau was captain of the University of Illinois basketball team before joining the Cleveland Indians in 1938. He went on to have a Hall of Fame career as a shortstop for the Indians and Red Sox.
12 Although most people remember him as the shortstop for the pennant-winning 1960 Pirates and 1964 Cardinals, Dick Groat was a two-time basketball All-American at Duke and played for the Fort Wayne Pistons.
14 Cotton Nash, whose No. 44 basketball jersey hangs in the rafters of Kentucky's Rupp Arena, played first base in the ninth inning of Joel Horlen's 1967 no-hitter for the White Sox and recorded all three putouts.
16 Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins also served an 80-game tour with the Harlem Globetrotters.
20 Twelve men have played major league baseball and professional basketball. The only one we hadn't mentioned until now is Frank Baumholtz.
By Dave Whitehorn and Norm Cohen