WRESTLING NEWS
Pro Wrestlers With Backgrounds In Baseball And Softball
By JACK GOODWILLIE
Rinku "Veer Mahan" Singh won a reality show in his native country India titled "The Million Dollar Arm," pocketing $100,000 and topping out at 87 miles per hour, despite having never heard of baseball before. He earned a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, but after injuries did him in, he pivoted to pro wrestling in January 2018.
Veer Mahaan
Hall of Famer Mae Young's popularity spiked during The Attitude Era, but she was an accomplished women's wrestler throughout the '50s and '70s. Her competitive nature came out as a standout player on her high school softball team, which won the national championship one of the years she participated.
Mae Young
Former IWGP Heavyweight champion Shingo Takagi turned to athletics in his youth to keep busy, participating in baseball, which is wildly popular in his home country of Japan. Takagi's baseball background may have come in handy, as he once swung at Atsushi Onita with an exploding barbed wire baseball bat.
Shingo Takagi
WWE Hall of Famer Houston "Bobo Brazil" Harris played professional baseball primarily with the Black House of David team in the Negro Leagues. Impressed with his athletic abilities, wrestler and trainer Joe Savoldi convinced him to trade his cleats for a pair of wrestling boots, and his legacy stands as the "Jackie Robinson of Professional Wrestling."
Bobo Brazil
Derick Neikirk aspired to play professional baseball before training to become a wrestler and made good headway before ultimately calling it a career. He stood out as one of his college team's best players, then the Detroit Tigers selected him in the 19th round of the MLB Draft, reaching the Tigers' High-A minor league team.
Derick Neikirk