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Whatever happened to Yankees farmhand John Elway?

We wouldn't normally mention the birthday of a gridiron legend, but Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway -- who turned 52 on Thursday -- has a special place in American sports history.

Elway was drafted twice by Major League franchises, first as a high school senior in the 18th round of the 1979 Draft by the Royals, then in the second round of the ‘81 Draft by the Yankees.

A two-sport star at Stanford, he played briefly for the Class A Oneonta Yankees -- hitting .318 with four homers and 13 steals in 42 games -- before using his baseball career to leverage a trade from the Colts to the Broncos.

Elway probably made the right decision sticking with the pigskin, winning two Super Bowls and the 1987 MVP award. But his lengthy NFL career did rob us of the opportunity to collect more awesome baseball cards like this one.