Bass in 1963
|April 23, 1961, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 26, 1963, for the Kansas City Athletics|
|Earned run average||5.32|
|Born:||January 21, 1939|
|Height:||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight:||210 lb (95 kg)|
|High school:||Vallejo High School|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Norman Delaney Bass, Jr. (born January 21, 1939) is a former American college and professional football player and baseball player. He was a pitcher for the Kansas City Athletics from 1961-63. A safety in football, he played college football at the University of the Pacific, and played professionally in the American Football League for the Denver Broncos in 1964. Bass became an international table tennis player. His 2-sport athlete status came about because arthritis forced him to retire from baseball. His is the brother of NFL player Dick Bass.
Bass pitched in 65 games (34 starts) for the Kansas City Athletics, finishing with a 13-17 record and a 5.32 career ERA in his Major League career. In his rookie year with the Athletics he had 11 wins and 11 losses. Bass signed with the Athletics before the 1958 season and made his debut with the Pocatello A's. He worked his way to the major leagues, making his debut at age 22. As a hitter, he hit his lone major league home run in 1961. Bass pitched in one minor league game in 1965, a complete game victory, but his baseball career ended after that performance.
Bass played safety for the Denver Broncos in 1964 after arthritis cut short his 1964 baseball season. The Broncos were an American Football League team that went 2-11-1 that season, with Bass playing Defensive Back and wearing #46. From 1960-1969, his brother, Dick Bass, was a running back for the Los Angeles Rams.
Bass played football and baseball in college and joined the Denver Broncos after he was unable pitch effectively in 1964, due to arthritis. The arthritis forced him to retire from football as well. Bass is one of the few players (there are less than 70) to play both baseball and football professionally: List of athletes who played in Major League Baseball and the National Football League.
Bass took up table tennis in the 1970s and became a ranked player in his age groups. He played for the United States Paralympic table tennis team in 1998. He won a Bronze Medal at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Bass wrote the autobiography "Color Him Father: An American Journey of Hope and Redemption." 
- PUCIN, DIANE (19 December 1999). "Arthritis Didn't Rob Bass of Competitive Instincts" – via LA Times.
- "Norm Bass Stats". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "Norm Bass Minor Leagues Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com.
- "1964 – Denver Broncos History".
- "Dick Bass Football Statistics - The Football Database". FootballDB.com.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Norm Bass NFL & AFL Football Statistics | Pro-Football-Reference.com