Baseball and Basketball Players

MLB and NBA Players by Baseball Almanac

Many athletes played more than one sport in high school and college, but then chose one over the other when it came time to choosing a career path. They worked hard at that sport and tried to make it a career. Many don’t make it and must put their mind to something else.

It takes hard work and determination to go pro and a little bit of luck to make it to the big leagues. That’s why so many athletes are only able to play one sport professionally.

So if you think that playing one pro sport would be difficult, try wrapping your mind around playing two! Below you will find a complete list of the athletes who were able to make it to the show in both the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Major League Baseball (MLB).

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"I want to play baseball. It's my father's dream that I become a baseball player." - Michael Jordan on ESPN.com (ESPN, Michael Jordan Biography, 'Professional Baseball 1994-1995', Source )

Baseball (MLB) and Basketball (NBA) Players

MLB / NBA Players Appear Below In Alphabetical Order

1979 - 1981
1981 - 1995
1947 - 1949 / 1951 - 1957
1946 - 1946
1952 - 1952 / 1954 - 1963
1952 - 1964
1949 - 1949 / 1951 - 1951
1946 - 1948
1962 - 1963
1962 - 1973
1952 - 1952 / 1955 - 1967
1952 - 1953
1961 - 1972
1958 - 1960
2002 - 2011
1996 - 1999
1967 - 1967 / 1969 - 1970
1964 - 1965
1966 - 1984
1965 - 1966
1959 - 1959
1955 - 1957
1943 - 1948
1949 - 1952
Baseball and Basketball Players | Bold Denotes Overlapping Seasons
Sources : Baseball Almanac (Baseball-Almanac.com, Internet)
Sources
: National Basketball Association (NBA.com, Internet)
Sources
: Tim Zieroth (Independent Baseball Researcher)
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