Billy Bob Thornton would have been a champion baseball star if his acting career hadn't taken off - the KANSAS CITY ROYALS once planned to sign him.

The movie star has a secret past as a baseball ace in his native Arkansas, and almost played in the big leagues.

He reveals, "I was a pretty good pitcher. I had a real good slider, a decent curveball, a decent changeup.

"I wasn't a fireballer, but I had a lot of junk."

14/11/2003 09:06