Sox take flier on ex-USC QB Mitch Mustain
By Daryl Van Schouwen dvanschouwen@suntimes,com February 13, 2012 7:22PM
LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 4: Mitch Mustain of the USC Trojans passes before the game against the Oregon Ducks on October 4, 2008 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. USC won 44-10. (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Updated: May 9, 2012 10:15AM
There’s something about quarterbacks that appeals to the White Sox, whose flier on Mitch Mustain is the latest example of the South Side QB affection that dates back as far as Bobby Douglass.
Mustain, the former USC and Arkansas QB, did not play baseball in college, but after he touched 90 mph in a tryout, the Sox signed him to a minor-league contract.
After going 8-0 as a freshman starter at Arkansas, Mustain transferred to USC but got stuck behind Mark Sanchez and Matt Barkley. Things got worse when he was arrested (but not charged) for selling medication for ADHD.
“I haven’t played in eight years, which, my age, it’s going to be a little bit harder to get back into this,” said Mustain, who is choosing baseball over playing in the Arena Football League. “As time goes, I figured this would be my one shot at it, and why not?’’
Former Sox Joe Borchard (Stanford), Josh Fields
(Oklahoma State) and Clayton Richard (Michigan) were quarterbacks in college. Current Sox Adam Dunn was redshirted as a freshman behind Major Applewhite at Texas. Dunn decided to focus on baseball after he was asked to play tight end.
Douglass, who could throw a football a country mile as a Bear, was signed by Sox owner Bill Veeck in 1979. His baseball career was short — he pitched four games for the Iowa Oaks, allowing eight runs, walking 13 and striking out none over seven innings.