Ex-NBA star Tracy McGrady hit hard in pro pitching debut
Tracy McGrady's professional baseball debut was nowhere near as impressive as his two NBA scoring titles and seven All-Star Game appearances.
McGrady, who played baseball until his senior year in high school after which he immediately began a 16-year NBA career, took the mound Saturday for the Sugar Land Skeeters, an independent-league team located in a Houston suburb.
The 34-year-old's pitching line courtesy of Mike Ashmore: 1 2/3 innings, 35 pitches (18 strikes/17 balls), 2 earned runs, 2 walks and he allowed a home run by Somerset Patriots shortstop Edwin Maysonet.
McGrady got the nod for the Skeeters -- who previously made headlines by pitching a 50-year-old Roger Clemens in 2012 -- after surrendering three hits in one inning against Alvin Community College in an April exhibition.