Famous for something else: Kurt Russell

Kurt Russell is an actor who has starred in films like Miracle, Escape from New York and Big Trouble in Little China, but in his youth, he played minor league baseball:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1971 20 Bend NORW A- CAL 51 212 179 30 51 11 0 1 14 2 3 29 33 .285 .385 .363 .748 65 0 4 0
1972 21 Walla Walla NORW A- 29 91 77 12 25 4 0 0 14 1 1 8 7 .325 .389 .377 .766 29 2 1 3
1973 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A–AA CAL 29 99 4 28 3 1 1 4 1 2 1 1 .283 .364 36 0 0 0
1973 22 Portland NORW A- 23 83 19 0 1 0 .229 .253 21
1973 22 El Paso TL AA CAL 6 17 16 4 9 3 0 1 4 1 2 1 1 .563 .588 .938 1.526 15 0 0 0
1977 26 Portland NORW A- 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0
4 Seasons 110 404 356 46 104 18 1 2 32 4 6 38 41 .292 .361 .365 .726 130 2 5 3
A- (4 seasons) A- 104 387 340 42 95 15 1 1 28 3 4 37 40 .279 .351 .338 .689 115 2 5 3
AA (1 season) AA 6 17 16 4 9 3 0 1 4 1 2 1 1 .563 .588 .938 1.526 15 0 0 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/5/2013.

What’s interesting about Russell’s baseball career is that it happened DURING his acting career. He had been on TV, and had starred in Disney movies like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, which came out in 1969. As you can see, he actually did pretty well, but a rotator cuff injury derailed him.

But that isn’t all. His father, actor Bing Russell, owned a minor league baseball team, and his nephew, Matt Franco, played in the big leagues for the Cubs, Mets and Braves.

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