Turner Gill

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Turner Hillery Gill

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Turner Gill was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 2nd round of the 1980 amateur draft, a couple of picks ahead of infielder Tim Teufel, but he did not sign. The New York Yankees then took him in the 18th round of the 1983 amateur draft, but again he did not sign. Instead, he chose to pursue a career in professional football, playing quarterback for the Montreal Concordes of the Canadian Football League from 1984 to 1985. He had been a huge star at the University of Nebraska from 1980 to 1983, finishing fourth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy as a senior, which was won by teammate Mike Rozier. However, he did not receive much interest from the NFL as he was considered to be primarily a running quarterback of a type not in favor by NFL teams at the time.

He returned to baseball in 1986, signing with the Cleveland Indians as a shortstop and playing in their system through 1988. In 334 career games, he hit .199/.258/.280 with 15 home runs, 74 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He did not advance beyond Double A.

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