A lifelong Yankee fan, Billy Crystal (pictured here with Derek Jeter) saw his dream come true when he signed a one-day contract with the Yankees to play in a spring-training game against Pittsburgh on March 13. In his only at-bat, the self-described "Designated Hebrew" batted lead-off and struck out on a full count.
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In 2002, Kevin Costner appeared in a spring-training game for the Seattle Mariners' Class-A affiliate, the San Bernardino Stampede. The star of <i>Bull Durham</i> got the start at shortstop but was moved to pitcher where he faced then Mariners manager Lou Piniella. Costner walked him on four pitches.
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When he's not making women swoon as <i>Grey's Anatomy</i>'s McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey spends his time on the racing track. He has driven the pace car in the Indianapolis 500, raced in the Rolex 24 at Daytona currently is a co-owner of IndyCar Series team Vision Racing.
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Percy Miller (a.k.a. -- Master P) signed contracts with both the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors, but never appeared in a regular-season game. His son, Romeo, will suit up for USC next year on a basketball scholarship.
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When he played <i>Magnum P.I.</i>, Tom Selleck was often seen sporting a Detroit Tigers hat. He joined the team in 1992 for spring training and after fouling away half a dozen pitches, struck out in his only at-bat.
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During the peak of <i>Melrose Place</i>, Andrew Shue slipped away to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy during its inaugural season, recording one assist in five games.
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Garth Brooks attended spring training with the San Diego Padres (1998, 1999), New York Mets (2000) and Kansas City Royals (2004) but only managed two hits in 47 at-bats with the three teams.
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Kurt Russell -- seen here talking to Bobby J. Jones -- played second base for the California Angels' Double-A affiliate El Paso Sun Kings in the early `70s but retired after shoulder surgery.
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Paul Newman ran his first race in 1979 at the 24 hours of Le Mans and continued to race periodically for the next 25 years. He currently is a partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.
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In addition to acting, Steve McQueen was an avid auto-and-motorcycle-racing fan who participated in several races for each sport in the early 1970s. This SI cover from August 1971 shows McQueen riding a Husqvarna dirt bike.
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Tim Allen sowed his racing roots by participating in the Rolex 24 at Daytona Speedway in January 1997.
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