Ashes hero Freddie Flintoff says he could have had trial with New York Yankees

England’s 2005 Ashes hero Freddie Flintoff has revealed his sporting career could have taken a different path had he taken up a chance to trial with the New York Yankees as a teenager.

The all-rounder was a key man for England during their famous success against Australia in 2005, taking 32 wickets and scoring 402 runs across the five Test matches.

The now 41-year-old was later named man of the series for his efforts, before going on to pick up the BBC Sports Personality of the Year trophy in December.

However, things could have been very different for both England and Flintoff had the talented cricketer accepted a chance to switch sports in his younger years.

How Freddie Flintoff could have looked if he went for a trial with the New York Yankees


In the latest episode of Sky One’s comedy panel show A League of Their Own, the all-rounder explains how he impressed a visiting coach so much that he was offered a baseball trial in America.

“When I was 17, I was at Lancashire as a young cricketer and we had a baseball coach come over (from America) to teach us how to field,” detailed the former England captain.

“He asked me if I’d go back to America (with him) and trial with the Yankees or someone. I said ‘no, I’d sooner play cricket’.”

This led to much derision from host Jack Whitehall who, in hilariously attempting to impersonate Flintoff, joked: “No, I don’t want to come to the Big Apple because I don’t like fruit.

“I’ll stay in the bright lights of Preston and play cricket in front of nobody.”

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Andrew Flintoff (centre) of England is congratulated by team mates
Andrew Flintoff (centre) of England is congratulated by team mates

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Flintoff certainly is no stranger to trying his hand at other sports having previously competed in a professional boxing match after his first retirement from cricket.

The 41-year-old took on American foe Richard Dawson at heavyweight in November 2012 and recorded a points success at the Manchester Arena.

A League of Their Own is on Sky One and NOW TV on Thursdays at 9pm.



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