Watch Hall of Fame hopeful Scott Rolen drop 47 points in a high school basketball playoff game
Most baseball fans remember Scott Rolen's proficiency on the baseball field. The current Hall of Fame ballot hopeful was an absolute wizard with the leather over at the hot corner and cranked at least 20 dingers in 10 of his 17 years in the bigs. Rolen was also the 1997 Rookie of the Year, amassed an astounding eight Gold Gloves and won the 2006 World Series with the Cardinals.
But did you know about his basketball career?
Rolen's skills on the court were, in fact, so legit that he received a scholarship to play at the University of Georgia, which he turned down after getting drafted by the Phillies. But there's one incredible moment from Rolen's basketball career that deserves being revisited: A 47-point performance in the first round of the 1993 Indiana sectional playoffs.
Down 18 points with five minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Rolen absolutely caught fire from deep, draining seven threes down the stretch to cut the deficit to just one point with just 12 seconds left. Unfortunately his Jasper High Wildcats couldn't complete the comeback, and ended up losing to the Forest Park High Rangers by five.
If you don't feel like watching 30 minutes of grainy footage of mediocre high school basketball from the early 1990's (that's totally rational), some hero on YouTube clipped together a bunch of the Rolen-specific highlights from the fourth quarter, so you can just watch this instead.
Rolen's 47-point performance is even more bonkers when you consider he was playing on a sprained ankle that had swollen so badly it was "the size of a softball."
It remains to be seen whether or not Rolen will get into Cooperstown this year on his first try, but if that doesn't work out he certainly deserves consideration for the Basketball Hall of Fame as well.