When forced to choose between baseball and the blues, George Thorogood chose the latter. We’re certainly thankful he did! But what could have been?
There’s not an abundant information about his baseball career — maybe he’ll fill us in when he visits the K-HITS studios next week?
We do know he was semi-pro though.
“There was a time when he was hoping for a career in baseball,” the Atlantic City Weekly wrote in a profile on Thorogood. “In 1976, he played for a semi-pro team in Delaware that was part of the Roberto Clemente League and he was good enough at second base to earn rookie of the year honors. But after he saw a performance by blues singer John P. Hammond, music became a powerful lure, and as he began developing his guitar chops, he found himself juggling baseball with blues rock. Eventually, when it became clear he was a better musician and songwriter than he was a ballplayer, Thorogood plunged into show biz full time.”
Thorogood “played second base and swung a mean bat in the adult leagues of his native Delaware back in the day,” wrote Sports Illustrated in an interview with the rocker.
Georgey is a HUGE Mets fan, but he’s shown some love to the Cubs, too. In 2007, he brought his daughter to her first baseball game: the Cubs vs the Rockies. Sporting a Cubs jersey, he threw out the first pitch and later led “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.”