Back before multimillion dollar multi-year contracts, ball players were just like you and me. At times they needed to find second jobs to make ends meet. Here are a few players in their most popular roles.
Steve Jeltz in "What's Happening!!"
Dan Driessen in "Benson"
Charlie O'Brien in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High"
Jamie Quirk in "History of the World Part I"
Unfortunatley, some players didn't have that "Hollywood" look.
"Chuck McElroy" is a pseudonym of notorious Harlem heroin kingpin LeRoy "Nicky" Barnes.
McElroy/Barnes, however, was portrayed in 2007's "American Gangster" by Cuba Gooding, Jr. He also published a fantastic autobiography, "Mr. Untouchable," which was also made into a DVD documentary. Take that, Hollywood.
Shortstop, Philadelphia Phillies
1988 Topps #126
Topps Fact: Steve signed as a 9th round Draft selection with the Phila. Phillies, June 7, 1980 by scout Don Williams.
GMT Fact: Soon after Steve signed as a 9th round Draft selection with the Phila. Phillies, June 7, 1980, scout Don Williams was taken behind a shed and beaten within an inch of his life.
First Baseman, Montreal Expos
1985 Topps #285
Topps Fact: Dan is married to the former Bonnie Gray.
GMT Fact: Dan is said to do a lovely soft-shoe.
Cather, Milwaukee Brewers
1989 Topps #214
Topps Fact: GW-RBI (Career): 0
GMT Fact: Spends off-seasons in day salons with Gary Carter.
Cather-First Baseman, Kansas City Royals
1987 Topps #354
Topps Fact: (None Listed)
GMT Fact: Hates cats. Blogs about it.
Pitcher, Chicago Cubs
1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier #85
O-Pee-Chee Fact: Acquired: Trade, 4/7/91
GMT Fact: Hobbies include pocket pool.