‘Yellowstone’ Star Kevin Costner Played Baseball with ‘Blue Bloods’ Tom Selleck in 1992, And It Didn’t Go Well

by Suzanne Halliburton

Kevin Costner and Tom Selleck are both famous leading men. And both actors have a deep background in quality baseball.

The two appeared together in a celebrity all-star game in 1992, featuring a number of former Major League stars. Their game, however famous, didn’t hold up to the pro players. The two showed off some defensive skills. But the offense, was, um, lacking.

The event was the Legends of Baseball Game at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. The celebrity game was conducted in the midst of Major League Baseball’s spring training. Al Lang Stadium served as the spring home base for a number of pro teams, including the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. It also served as a home stadium for several minor league squads.

But baseball players weren’t the draw that day. Fans in the sold-out venue wanted to see Kevin Costner, who was three years removed from Field of Dreams and before that, Bull Durham. And they wanted to cheer for Tom Selleck. He still was Magnum P.I. in their minds. Blue Bloods still was decades away.

Both Kevin Costner and Tom Selleck Love Playing Baseball

Both leading men are also known for their love of baseball. Kevin Costner tried out for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team. And one of his biggest roles was playing sexy, philosophical minor-league catcher Crash Davis in Bull Durham. In the mystical Field of Dreams, he was a son looking to have one last game of catch with his long-dead father, who harbored dreams of a baseball career.

Tom Selleck always wore a Detroit Tigers baseball cap in Magnum P.I. And he starred as a baseball player in the 1992 movie Mr Baseball. Except in this movie, he was a former Major Leaguer trying to revive his career in Japan.

“I’m a good ballplayer,” said Tom Selleck, who played first base at the all-star game. “I’m just not a major-league ballplayer.”

(Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)

Selleck Said He Tries to be Believable As Athlete in Movies

Selleck said he didn’t like it when an actor wasn’t very believable player in a sports movie. “I don’t like it when the actor can’t fool the public,” he said. “It destroys the whole credibility of the film.”

Neither Kevin Costner nor Tom Selleck got a hit in the game. Costner, who split his time between catcher, shortstop and leftfield, pulled off a nifty fielding play. He threw out Brooks Robinson at third to end the game.

But while doing a stint behind the plate, Kevin Costner knocked over the umpire as he tried to retrieve a passed ball.

“This never gets to be old hat,” Selleck said. “Playing baseball was always a fantasy for me as a kid. I’m okay, but these guys are the real thing.”