The Star Tribune is reporting that Minnesota Gophers senior basketball center Spencer Tollackson is hoping to take a shot at professional baseball after college. The 6’9″ Tollackson may try to hook up with the Chaska Cubs amateur ball club this spring to get back into baseball shape.
Tollackson, a former pitcher, is reported to have possessed a fastball approaching 90 mph and decent control in high school. He was projected to be an early-round draft pick in the baseball amateur draft had he not opted for a basketball scholarship at the U of M four years ago.
It’s worth pointing out to the skeptics that basketball Hall of Famer Jim Pollard also played amateur baseball in Minnesota during the basketball offseason. Pollard was reputed to be a good pitcher and a powerful hitter, and while playing in a townball game for Jordan he “‘hit a ball that didn’t stop until it got to Chicago,’ because it landed in a gondola car in a freight train passing by the ballpark.” (Wikipedia)