© 2011 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

05/20/11 3:54 PM ET

'Macho Man' tried baseball before wrestling

Famed WWF star killed in a car crash in Florida

Before becoming professional wrestling star Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Randy Mario Poffo tried his hand at professional baseball.

Poffo, who played in the Minor Leagues from 1971-74, was killed in a car crash Friday in Florida according to The Associated Press. He was 58.

In the wrestling world, Poffo was made famous for his "Oooh Yeah!" catchphrase and a rivalry with Hulk Hogan. He was a champion in Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation -- now the WWE -- and later the now-defunct World Championship Wrestling, once owned by former Braves owner Ted Turner.

A Florida Highway Patrol crash report said the former wrestler Poffo was driving a Jeep Wrangler when he lost control in Pinellas County collided head-on with a tree around 9:25 a.m. Friday, The AP reported. Police told The AP that Poffo may have suffered a "medical event" before the accident, but the report did not elaborate.

Poffo was a lifetime .254 hitter with 16 home runs and 66 RBIs in 289 games in the Minors, and he hit .286 with a pair of homers in his debut season with the Gulf Coast League Cardinals, according to Baseball-Reference.com. He played in the Reds organization at his last stop, at Class A.

Listed as a switch-hitter who mostly played the outfield but also caught one game and played first base, Poffo played alongside a few future big leaguers, including 14-year outfielder Larry Herndon.

Evan Drellich is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @EvanDrellich. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.