Did you know that before he was bitten by the professional performing and acting bug, Edward James Olmos played baseball?

Well, he did, finding a safe outlet and distraction from gangs and drugs in his early years. He was apparently quite good at the sport and was being groomed for a major league career before he hung up his glove and bat at 15 for music and, eventually, the stage and screen.

During his baseball years, though, he caught for the likes of Dodgers' pitching great Sandy Koufax and, at 14, he was a Golden State Batting Champion.

Since, his acting career has brought him back in touch with his baseball roots a few times. In 1991, he starred in the baseball film Talent for the Game, playing a California Angels scout who'd always wanted to play in the majors and discovers a pitching natural. He also lent his voice to the Major League Baseball presentation Base Ball Discovered, and has taken part in a series of official Little League videos, providing a Spanish translation for young players.

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