Brad Pitt was once on a team of basketball 'rejects'
Brad Pitt Sag Awards
Published Wednesday, April 11, 2012 9:37AM EDT
Brad Pitt was a basketball reject in high school.
The 48-year-old 'Moneyball' star didn't make it on to the first squad at Cherokee Middle School in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri, in 1977 -- and so formed his own group of cast-offs.
Calling themselves the Cherokee Rejects, 14-year-old Brad and his friends had their t-shirts emblazoned with the tongue-in-cheek name, and had his dad Bill coach them.
School friend and Rejects player Aaron Stull told RadarOnline.com: "We were the Cherokee Rejects. We didn't make the final cut for the eighth grade basketball team, so the five of us just decided to be the Cherokee Rejects.
"It was Brad's idea and he got his dad Bill to be our coach at the time.
"Brad came up with the name -- Cherokee Rejects. I don't think we really cared too much about losing out on the school team, we just thought it was funny."
Brad - who raises six kids with partner Angelina Jolie -- admits another sport he didn't excel in was baseball.
He confessed: "It's shameful how little I know about baseball. Baseball and I didn't get along that well. I wrestled one year (in high school.) I dove one year. Everything but baseball."