Former MLB pitcher Steve Stone revealed an interesting tidbit from his minor league career during a recent White Sox spring training broadcast that surprised some viewers.
Stone, who pitched in the minor leagues in the Giants farm system from 1969–71, admitted he worked as a salesman hawking pre-paid funerals one summer.
His co-host, Jason Benetti, couldn’t hold back his laughter when Stone told him about the odd sales job.
“Well, it was unique, let me put it that way,” Stone said, via NBCS Chicago. “I didn’t do it very long because it seemed a little depressing actually.”
It wasn’t the only job Stone had during his minor league career, though, thankfully for him.
Here’s the full story told by Stone.
As Stone mentions, he would give a sales pitch about how people might as well prepare for their funerals now before the cost went up. His clientele included people who had recently been sick.
It wasn’t the only job Stone had during his minor league career, though, thankfully for him. He was also a Welcome Wagon representative.
The Cy Young Award-winning pitcher didn’t have to perform odd jobs for too long, though, as he was promoted to the majors in 1971 and played until ’81. He won the AL Cy Young in 1980 with the Orioles, compiling a 25-7 record with 149 strikeouts and a 3.23 ERA in 250 2/3 innings.