Which MLB team drafted John Elway?
MLB draft: John Elway was drafted twice by MLB teams. In 1979, the Kansas City Royals drafted him out of high school. In 1981, the New York Yankees drafted him out of Stanford University in the second round.
NFL Draft: In 1983, Elway was drafted by the Baltimore Colts with the first overall pick.
Details: You have to give Elway credit for knowing what he wanted and sticking to his guns. Then again, being a special two-sport talent can do that. Elway knew that the Baltimore Colts were lining up to draft him, but he didn’t want to go to the Colts. Instead, he played in the Yankees minor league system. While he didn’t set the world on fire with the Oneonta Yankees (.318, 4 HR, 25 RBI in 42 games), Elway did prove himself good enough to convince the Colts that he would rather play baseball than play for them. The Colts traded Elway to Denver and he became the Hall of Fame quarterback football fans know. How good was Elway as an outfielder? Future Hall of Fame player Tony Gwynn was selected in the same baseball draft – six spots behind Elway. George Steinbrenner compared him to Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle and according to ESPN, the Yankees gave him a $140,000 signing bonus, more than the No. 1 pick was paid.
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