If Trevor Gretzky can handle a baseball bat with the same authoritative flair that his father did a hockey stick, records may one day be broken on the diamond.
The younger Gretzky, who was drafted in the seventh round (219th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in June, has signed a contract with the team. Financial terms of Gretzky's deal were not known.
The signing was confirmed Thursday by San Diego State baseball coach Tony Gwynn, who told the Toronto Sun that Gretzky inked his deal on Monday morning and, as a result, will forgo playing for the Aztecs.
According to NCAA regulations, Gretzky had until Aug. 15 to decide if he wanted to sign a professional contract with the team that drafted him or play collegiate baseball with San Diego State.
"Wayne mentioned how he started his pro career as a 17-year-old, how if you work hard enough you can make it," Gwynn said in a statement. "The father is a nice guy. He totally gets it, understands the pro game. And the son is very mature."
The 6-foot-4, 180-pound first baseman is rebounding from a shoulder injury suffered his senior season at Oaks Christian in Thousand Oaks, Cal. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school, playing both baseball and football.
I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.
— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic