Chuck Connors Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: April 10, 1921 in New York City, New York
Died: November 10, 1992 in Los Angeles, California
Player Career
Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 6' 5" Weight: 190
First Game: May 1, 1949 ; Final Game: September 30, 1951
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Chuck Connors
This article was written by Charlie Bevis and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research
Chuck Connors was a career minor-league ballplayer who played portions of the 1949 and 1951 seasons in the major leagues with the Brooklyn Dodgers and Chicago Cubs, respectively. Connors, though, gained greater fame as one of the very few ballplayers who was a successful actor in his post-baseball career (best known as Lucas McCain in the TV show The Rifleman). Connors was also one of the few men who played both major-league baseball and basketball (with the Boston Celtics in 1946-47).

"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. "Baseball made my entrance to the film industry immeasurably easier than I could have made it alone. To the greatest game in the world I shall be eternally in debt." For Connors, the turning point in his life came during spring training in 1951 when the Chicago Cubs demoted him to their Los Angeles Angels farm club in the Pacific Coast League. "Greatest break I ever got," Connors said in 1954. "I'm out there right in the middle of the movie business where, if a guy has anything, he's got the chance to break in."

Kevin Joseph Aloysius Connors was born on April 10, 1921, in Brooklyn, New York. He was the only son of Allan and Marcella Connors, Irish natives who came to the United States via Newfoundland. Connors had one sibling, his sister Gloria. Connors grew up in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn, where his parents struggled to eke out a living during the Great Depression of the 1930s. His father was unemployed for much of the decade, as his mother supported the family by scrubbing floors in office buildings; his father eventually found work as a night watchman. Connors said that growing up poor in his pre-adolescent years motivated him to work hard to achieve success as a ballplayer and later as an actor.

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2005 The Western World of Ferdinando Baldi (Other), 2011 Pioneers of Television (Other), 1965 Broken Sabre (Other), 1957 Big-Foot Wallace (Performer), 2003 50 Greatest TV Animals (Other), 2003 Images of Indians: How Hollywood Stereotyped the Native American (Other), 2001 K.D. Lang Talks with Percy Adlon About 'Percy Adlon's (Other), 2001 Fast Backwards (Performer), 1988 Taxi Killer (Performer), 1987 Summer Camp Nightmare (Performer), 1985 Spenser: For Hire (Performer), 1982 Airplane II: The Sequel (Performer), 1981 Bordello (Performer), 1979 Day of the Assassin (Performer), 1972 Rod Serling's Night Gallery (Performer), 1971 The Birdmen (Performer), 1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter (Performer), 1968 Kill Them All and Come Back Alone (Performer), 1966 Ride Beyond Vengeance (Performer), 1963 Flipper (Performer), 1958 The Big Country (Performer), 1958 The Lady Takes a Flyer (Performer), 1957 Wagon Train (Performer), 1957 The Silent Service (Performer), 1957 The Hired Gun (Performer), 1956 Hot Rod Girl (Performer), 1956 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (Performer), 1954-1955 Four Star Playhouse (Performer), 1955 Three Stripes in the Sun (Performer), 1955 Private Secretary (Performer), 1955 TV Reader's Digest (Performer), 1954 Dragonfly Squadron (Performer), 1953 Code Two (Performer), 1952 Pat and Mike (Performer), 1973 The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour (in person), 1968 Western, Italian Style (in person), 1960 The Chevy Show (in person), 1959 The Big Party (in person), 1981 The Best of Sex and Violence (Other), 1972 Pancho Villa (Performer), 1985 The All American Cowboy (Performer), 2011 Longhorns (Other), 1961-1962 Here's Hollywood (in person), 1991 Salmonberries (Performer), 1989-1990 Guns of Paradise (Performer), 1990 Face the Edge (Performer), 1985-1988 Murder, She Wrote (Performer), 1987 Sakura Killers (Performer), 1983 Matt Houston (Performer), 1982 Hit Man (Performer), 1982 The Capture of Grizzly Adams (Performer), 1978 Standing Tall (Performer), 1977 The Night They Took Miss Beautiful (Performer), 1977 Roots (Performer), 1973-1976 Police Story (Performer), 1976 Banjo Hackett: Roamin' Free (Performer), 1973 The Horror at 37,000 Feet (Performer), 1972 The Proud and Damned (Performer), 1967-1968 Cowboy in Africa (Performer), 1963-1964 Arrest and Trial (Performer), 1962 Geronimo (Performer), 1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (Performer), 1958 Zane Grey Theater (Performer), 1958 Date with the Angels (Performer), 1957 The Restless Gun (Performer), 1957 Tales of Wells Fargo (Performer), 1957 Designing Woman (Performer), 1957 Tomahawk Trail (Performer), 1956 Walk the Dark Street (Performer), 1955-1956 The Star and the Story (Performer), 1956 Frontier (Performer), 1955 Screen Directors Playhouse (Performer), 1953 South Sea Woman (Performer), 1953 Trouble Along the Way (Performer), 1953 The Silver Whip (Performer), 1942 Wake Island (Performer), 1985 Our Time (in person), 1985 The Steel Collar Man (in person), 1971 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (in person), 1968 The Don Rickles Show (in person), 1965 76th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade (in person), 1960 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (in person), 1959-1960 What's My Line (in person), 1958 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (in person), 1956 The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna (Performer), 1989 The Pat Sajak Show (in person), 1976 NBC Special Treat (in person), The Rifleman (Writer), 1954-1957 General Electric Theater (Performer), 1992 Three Days to a Kill (Performer), 1990 Last Flight to Hell (Performer), 1989 High Desert Kill (Performer), 1987 Maniac Killer (Performer), 1986 Balboa (Performer), 1982 Fantasy Island (Performer), 1982 The Vals (Performer), 1980 Day of Resurrection (Performer), 1980 Stone (Performer), 1979 Tourist Trap (Performer), 1976 Nightmare in Badham County (Performer), 1975 Il lupo dei mari (Performer), 1974 99 and 44/100 Dead (Performer), 1973 Soylent Green (Performer), 1972 Night of Terror (Performer), 1971 The Deserter (Performer), 1971 The Name of the Game (Performer), 1971 The Virginian (Performer), 1965-1966 Branded (Performer), 1963 Move Over, Darling (Performer), 1958-1963 The Rifleman (Performer), 1958 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (Performer), 1958 Hey, Jeannie! (Performer), 1956 Crossroads (Performer), 1956 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (Performer), 1956 Gunsmoke (Performer), 1955 Matinee Theatre (Performer), 1955 Good Morning, Miss Dove (Performer), 1955 The Loretta Young Show (Performer), 1954 Big Town (Performer), 1954 Naked Alibi (Performer), 1966 Branded (Writer), 1973 Here's Lucy (in person), 1973 Chuck Connors in the U.S.S.R. (in person), 1971 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (in person), 1967-1970 The Merv Griffin Show (in person), 1967-1969 The Joey Bishop Show (in person), 1967 Dateline: Hollywood (in person), 1961 Password All-Stars (in person), 1961 Person to Person (in person), 1960 The 12th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (in person), 2011 Here's Harry: Remembering Gale Gordon (Other), 1966 Blade Rider, Revenge of the Indian Nations (Other), 1987 Hell's Heroes (Performer), 1980 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (Other), 1991 The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (Performer), 1989 Wolf (Performer), 1989 Skinheads (Performer), 1989 Trained to Kill (Performer), 1987-1988 Werewolf (Performer), 1988 Once Upon a Texas Train (Performer), 1988 Terror Squad (Performer), 1983-1984 The Yellow Rose (Performer), 1983 The Love Boat (Performer), 1983 Afghanistan pourquoi (Performer), 1983 Lone Star (Performer), 1982 Best of the West (Performer), 1981 Walking Tall (Performer), 1975 The Six Million Dollar Man (Performer), 1973 The Mad Bomber (Performer), 1973 Set This Town on Fire (Performer), 1972 Embassy (Performer), 1969 Captain Nemo and the Underwater City (Performer), 1965 Synanon (Performer), 1958 Love That Jill (Performer), 1957 Old Yeller (Performer), 1957 Death in Small Doses (Performer), 1957 The Millionaire (Performer), 1956-1957 West Point (Performer), 1956 Hold Back the Night (Performer), 1955 Cavalcade of America (Performer), 1955 Target Zero (Performer), 1955 Adventures of Superman (Performer), 1955 Schlitz Playhouse (Performer), 1955 City Detective (Performer), 1954 The Human Jungle (Performer), 1954 Dear Phoebe (Performer), 1985 All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan (in person), 1979 When the West Was Fun: A Western Reunion (in person), 1978 ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration (in person), 1974 The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (in person), 1971 The David Frost Show (in person), 1971 Once Upon a Wheel (in person), 1968 The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show (in person), 1968 The Jackie Gleason Show (in person), 1966 The Mike Douglas Show (in person), 1966 The Hero (in person), 1957 The Ed Sullivan Show (in person)

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