While “Macho Man’ Randy Savage was best known for his flying elbow from the top rope and unmistakable “ohhhhhh yeah!”, before he became one of the legendary names inside a wrestling ring, his dream was to become a star on the baseball diamond.
“Macho Man” was then known as Randy Poffo–and was a catcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization in the early ’70s. He played in 87 games and hit .291 (85-292) combined for the team’s Gulf Coast League affiliate between 1971-73 before an injury resulted in him moving on to the Reds organization–and a change in approach.
“I had a collision,” explained Savage during a past interview on The Stranglehold wrestling radio show. “Just AC separation and muscle tear. At the time, they didn’t repair shoulders like they do now. I just went without the surgery and it just hindered my throwing.”
“When it was apparent that I’d definitely have to make some kind of adjustment, I taught myself to throw left-handed in about eight months. It was probably the most persistent thing that I’ve ever done. It didn’t make me a dime, but it kind of made me who I am–it taught me that if you really want to get something done, you can just set a goal and you can achieve it.”
The achievements in the ring were many as Savage became one of the biggest names in the business–winning multiple titles in the then-WWF and WCW and was involved in notable feuds with the likes of Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, and Ricky Steamboat.
His last wrestling match was for TNA Wrestling in 2004. Savage died after suffering a heart attack in May of 2011.