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It’s Scott Burrell Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown


#54 multi-sport athlete.

Numerous players have competed in more than one “major league,” with several already on this list and more to come. But Scott Burrell has a distinction none of the others can match.

He is best known for basketball, and remains in the game as the head coach at Southern Connecticut State.

In 1993 after an excellent college basketball career at UConn, where Burrell averaged better than 16 points per game his last two seasons, he was drafted in the first round (20th overall) by the Charlotte Hornets. He went on to play 13 seasons in the NBA, including a stint with the Chicago Bulls, where he was on their final world championship team.

Among Burrell’s 1997-98 teammates with the Bulls was Michael Jordan, who had not long before that completed a two-year run in minor-league baseball and, of course, will be featured later in the Countdown. But here is the thing: Jordan was not the most notable baseball player on that Bulls team.

That would be Burrell, who was selected in the first round (26th overall) of the 1989 Major League Baseball draft out of Hamden (Conn.) High School as a pitcher by the Seattle Mariners. The 6-foot-7 Burrell never got above Single-A ball in two seasons and pitched in only 14 pro games before concentrating fully on basketball at age 20, but he would have gotten a longer look had he so desired.

Among the players selected later than Burrell in the 1989 MLB draft were John Olerud, Denny Neagle, Jerry Dipoto, Mike Lansing, Curtis Leskanic, Eric Young, Jason Giambi and Hall of Famers Jeff Bagwell and Jim Thome.

Anyway, here is Burrell’s legacy (and apologies for burying the lead): He was the first athlete to be drafted in the first round by both MLB and the NBA.

In the picture, Burrell grabs a rebound in between two rather notable Bulls teammates.

On deck: Rock solid.

Posted: 07/07/2019 at 12:03AM



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It’s Scott Burrell Day for the Rocky Mountain Showdown -- BuffsIn2019 07/07/2019 12:03AM
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