Strange routes to pro baseball

Baseball history is filled with 'Million Dollar Arm'-type stories

Updated: May 16, 2014, 3:33 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN.com

Ted Lyons was a trombone player in the Baylor Bears band in 1919 when a brawl broke out during a Baylor-Texas A&M football game. Lyons carefully set down his trombone and joined the fight, but during the melee, his trombone was crushed, and he couldn't afford a new one. Lyons had been a good high school baseball player, so he decided, since he had no instrument to play and had lost his musical scholarship, to try to play baseball at Baylor. He still had no aspirations to play the game professionally ...

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