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May 20, 2011

"Macho Man" (1952-2011)

So yeah..."Macho Man" Randy Savage died this morning.

And while I know there isn't a direct correlation between baseball and wrestling (insert steroid comments here), some of you might recall that the former WWE Superstar DID start his professional sports career in baseball.

But first...this is what the Thirty Mile Zone is reporting:

Macho Man Randy Savage, one of the most famous wrestlers of all-time, died today in a car accident in Tampa, Florida...TMZ has learned.  TMZ spoke with Randy's brother, Lanny Poffo, who tells us the wrestling legend suffered a heart attack while he was behind the wheel around 10 AM and lost control of his vehicle.

Tampa's Bay News 9 has a little more information and a picture of Savage's banged up vehicle:

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Savage was driving west on State Road 694 near 113th Street North when his 2009 Jeep Wrangler went out of control just before 9:30 a.m.  The vehicle when over the raised median in the road, crossed the eastbound lanes, jumped the curb and smashed head on into a tree. Savage was taken to Largo Medical Center where he later died.

The "Macho Man" was 58.

You'll read plenty about Savage's accomplishments in and out of the ring (he held more than 20 WWE and WCW championships), but as I mentioned already...before the "Macho Man" began his wrestling career, he was outfielder Randy Poffo and actually spent parts of four seasons in the low minors.

He was a career .254 hitter in the St. Louis and Cincinnati organizations and best season was his final one...with the Reds single-A affiliate Tampa Tarpons. Savage, er, Poffo finished third in the league in RBI and tied for fifth in home runs.

The 1974 North Division Champion Tarpons didn't produce any significant Major Leaguers, but the Florida State League in which they played had a few rising stars...speedster Ron LeFlore, pitchers LaMarr Hoyt and Dennis Martinez and a young Eddie Murray.

You can hit up Baseball-Reference for a complete breakdown of Randy Poffo's baseball career.

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