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From basketball to baseball, and now retired from both.

Tracy McGrady, who made the leap from hoops guard to baseball pitcher, announced his retirement from America's Pastime after garnering his first career coveted strikeout.

A former NBA star who spent six seasons with the Houston Rockets and also played with the San Antonio Spurs, has been pitching for the minor league Sugar Land Skeeters this past season.

He was a seven-time All-Star in the league and won two scoring titles.

McGrady, who started the Atlantic League All-Star game, pitched 1 1/3 innings before recording the strikeout.

"That is definitely going in the trophy case," McGrady told CBS Houston. "I told some of the guys that I am going to get a strikeout before I stop playing. I got it in the second inning. Thank you Jesus."

Overall, McGrady compiled a 6.75 ERA in four appearances (6 2/3 innings) with the Sugar Land Skeeters, allowing five runs and four hits.

"It has been a tremendous ride," McGrady told CBS Houston. "It is my last game today. I informed the team this would be my last outing and I appreciate them giving me this opportunity to start the game and enjoy this great mid-summers classic.

"This has been an awesome year. Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them, learn from them every day, it's been an honor."

According to ESPN.com, McGrady played baseball until his senior year in high school, when he transferred to a school without a baseball program.

"I got a little emotional coming off the mound," McGrady said. "It feels good to be celebrated again."

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Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at TXSWReport@gmail.com

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