"I owe baseball all that I have and much of what I hope to have," Connors said in 1953 when he retired as a ballplayer.
Chuck's true love in life was sports, particularly baseball, and in his own words, "I was an athlete from the day I could walk!" He didn't say he was a great athlete, and he also admitted that at age thirteen he was the "lousiest first baseman to ever hit a sandlot." Growing up in Brooklyn, he was naturally a big fan of the Dodgers, who were affectionately know as the "Bums."
TV Guide 2/7/59 — After 2 days of acting (playing a policeman in "Pat & Mike") Chuck was quoted as saying "Baseball just lost a first baseman," because they paid him $500 for each day.
New York News 5/1/60 — "I've always been a fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers and recently I talked my brother into rooting for them too." Reported Johnny Crawford.
Bobby Crawford laughingly retorted "The only reason I did this was because Chuck Connors (former first sacker with the Bums) - held a gun on me."
Chuck giving Johnny baseball tips while taking a break on the set of "The Rifleman."
Chuck Connors & 1951 Chicago Cubs
Hoping for the best! Chicago Cubs Baseball History
Chuck Connors & Chicago Cubs practice. Chuck Connors -- best known as the star of the TV show "The Rifleman" -- played 66 games for the 1951 Cubs, hitting .239 with two homers and 18 RBIs. Veterans and rookies tuned up for the up-and-coming season at Catalina Island off the coast of California.
Sports & the Sporting Life in New York City
The Golf Course
Chuck played for the Boston Celtics
Sports heroes/stars that appeared with Chuck
Now available on
Chuck Connors.....The Man Behind the Rifle
by David Fury
Edited version of the 1997 book, with lots of new photos, and also a complete Rifleman episode/plot synopsis guide.
around The McCain Ranch