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Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson takes the Jimmy Kimmel wiffle-ball training course

All the fun of baseball without the danger of getting hit with a real baseball.


Michelle Jaworski


Posted on Feb 6, 2015   Updated on May 29, 2021, 2:42 pm CDT

Magic Johnson may be a man of many talents, but even he has his limits when it comes to his latest venture.

While Johnson, one of the new owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers, usually likes to learn the trade of every project he takes on, that desire stops short of baseball. Johnson, like many of us, tried to play as a kid but was told to give it up after he refused to stand in the batting box. He had the rather reasonable fear that he would get hit with the baseball.

Johnson joined Jimmy Kimmel on Thursday night, and instead of baseballs, Kimmel brought out the wiffle ball and bat to get the Dodgers co-owner up to speed in that department. The sentiment about old dogs and new tricks might be true for most people, but it turns out if you throw enough balls at someone, they will hit one of them eventually—it’s just a matter of when.

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*First Published: Feb 6, 2015, 12:24 pm CST