17 Star Athletes Who Didn't Start Until Their Senior Year of High School

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Kenny Rogers

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Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers was one of the most dominant pitchers of the late 1990s and mid 2000s.

Rogers is a four-time All-Star, a five-time Gold Glove award winner and a 1996 World Series champion.

He also pitched a perfect game on July 28, 1994.

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Kenny Rogers was one of the most dominant pitchers of the late 1990s and mid 2000s.

Rogers is a four-time All-Star, a five-time Gold Glove award winner and a 1996 World Series champion.

He also pitched a perfect game on July 28, 1994.

But in high school, Rodgers did not play baseball until his senior year.

He hit .375 as a right fielder during that lone season and was eventually drafted in the 39th round by the Texas Rangers.

The Rangers immediately decided to convert him to a pitcher due to the strength of his throwing arm and the fact that Rogers was left handed.

So a guy who didn't even pitch in high school went on to pitch a perfect game in the MLB. Go figure.

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