Comedian Billy Crystal to play in exhibition game for Yanks
Celebrities In Pro SportsSome of the notable celebrities who have tried their hand in professional sports. (Listed in alphabetical order): GARTH BROOKS:
Attended spring training in 1998 and 1999 with the Padres, 2000 with the Mets and 2004 with the Royals. He was 1-for-22 (.045) in 1999, 0-for-17 the following year and 1-for-8 (.125) in 2004. Brooks was raising money for his Touch 'Em All Foundation. BILLY CRYSTAL:
Signs one-day contract to play with the Yankees before playing in a 2008 Grapefruit League game against the Pirates. BRUCE HORNSBY:
March 1997: Angels manager Terry Collins inserted musician Bruce Hornsby as a pinch-runner for Kevin Bass with two outs in the seventh and his team ahead by three runs. Hornsby was left stranded when George Arias popped out to end the inning. MASTER P (PERCY MILLER):
October 1999: In five preseason games, Master P (listed in the Raptors' media guide by his real name, Percy Miller), played a total of 23 minutes, went 4-for-13 from the field (including three 3-pointers), and was 2-for-2 from the free throw line for 13 total points.
January 1999: In two exhibition games with the Hornets (both against the Hawks), he played a total of eight minutes going 0-for-3 from the floor and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. He also tallied two assists and one rebound in the two games. TOM SELLECK:
April 1991: The left-handed-hitting Selleck, who had been in the Tigers' camp most of the spring researching a movie, was sent up as a pinch-hitter for Rob Deer with two out and Detroit leading, 4-2. He struck out. ANDREW SHUE:
1996: Melrose Place's Andrew Shue played five regular-season games for the the MLS' L.A. Galaxy in 1996, recording one assist. -- ESPN Research
Crystal, an avid Yankees fan, will work out with the team on Wednesday and will wear uniform No. 60 for the game -- to be played one day before his 60th birthday. The Yankees said Monday they have the approval of baseball commissioner Bud Selig.
"I've been waiting 50 years for this call," Crystal said in a statement released by the team. "I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of the Yankees and commissioner Selig. I know this'll be tougher than the Broadway Softball League, but I'm looking forward to helping the younger players, which by the way is all of them. Oops, I have to go, Scott Boras is on the phone."
Crystal, according to the Yankees hit .348 and was captain during his senior year at Long Beach High School in New York. He directed and produced "61*," a move about Roger Maris, Mickey Mantle and the 1961 Yankees.
"The Yankees are excited to welcome the newest member of our team known for his humor and wit as well as his undying love for the Yankees," chief operating officer Lonn Trost said.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi, after Monday night's 4-0 win over Cincinnati, said he hasn't determined what position Crystal will play.
"That remains to be seen," Girardi said. "Obviously, it's kind of exciting. Billy Crystal has done a lot for this organization. He's always been a big part of it. Our way of rewarding him, saying thanks for everything that you've done."
Country singer Garth Brooks has played in spring training games, helping raise money for his Touch 'em All Foundation. He was 1-for-22 (.045) in 1999 with the San Diego Padres, 0-for-17 the following year with the New York Mets and 1-for-8 (.125) in 2004 with the Kansas City Royals.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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