Sharman was an All America basketball star at University of Southern California and played 11 years in the NBA, sharing the Boston Celtics' backcourt with Bob Cousy. He averaged 17.8 points for his career. In 1975 he was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Dodgers signed him as an outfielder in 1950. He hit .292 for St. Paul (American Association) in 1952 and .294 for the same club in 1955. Brought up by Brooklyn in September 1955, he became the only man to be thrown out of a ML game without ever playing in one, when one day the whole bench was ejected by the umpire.
When the Dodgers did not offer him a ML contract, he quit baseball to concentrate on basketball.