M.C. Hammer… batboy

mc hammer oakland a's

Stanly Kirk Burrell was found outside the Oakland A’s stadium by team owner  Charlie Finley dancing around for tips to buy tickets to the game. (isn’t that the weezy kid from “Malcolm in the Middle” playing him?) He recruited  the 13 year old as a batboy for the Oakland A’s.

Legendary Reggie Jackson nicknamed Burrell “Hammer” because he resembled Hank  Aaron. Burrell wanted to become a professional baseball player, but ended up  joining the Navy. While in the Navy he worked on his rapping skills.

He was honorably discharged from the Navy and MC Hammer was born. He released  an independent album in 1987 called Feel My Power which sold 60,000 albums. In  1988, he signed on to Capitol Records and rereleased the same album as “Let’s Get  It Started.”

 

3 Comments

The Finley legacy keeps getting richer.

He DOES look like Hank Aaron in that picture, at least at that angle!

Glen

That’s a very interesting story of how he was nicknamed, I must say. Who woulda known?

Glen

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