See Brad Pitt, Age 14, in Dorky Basketball Team Photo

Celebrity News Apr. 11, 2012 AT 3:00PM
Brad Pitt with his childhood basketball team the Cherokee REJECTS. Springfield, Missouri, 1977. Brad Pitt with his childhood basketball team the Cherokee REJECTS. Springfield, Missouri, 1977. Credit: Coleman-Rayner

Brad Pitt, reject?

Back in 1977, the future Oscar-nominee was a 14-year-old basketball player for the Cherokee Rejects in Springfield, Missouri.

In a recently unearthed photo, the Moneyball actor, now 48, is a gawky, puny teen in a "Rejects" team jersey, short shorts, knee-high tube socks and sneakers as he balances a basketball on his knee and holds a trophy in his left hand.

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In the funny flashback photo, Pitt's face recalls another angelic blonde: Shiloh, his five-year-old daughter with Angelina Jolie -- not to mention Shiloh's three-year-old twin siblings Vivienne and Knox.

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in New Orleans March 7, 2012.
Shiloh Jolie-Pitt in New Orleans March 7, 2012.
Credit: X17online.com

The "Rejects" were set up by Pitt (now a global superstar who has six kids with love Angelina Jolie) when he failed to make the first-string basketball team, according to teammate Aaron Stull.

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'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," Stull is quoted as saying the Daily Mail, adding that Pitt's father, Bill Pitt, coached the underdog team.

Brad Pitt with son Knox and daughter Viv.
Brad Pitt with son Knox and daughter Viv.
Credit: Fame Pictures; Roddy Scott/PacificCoastNews.com

'His dad coached us and we used to practice at one of the churches his family used to go to and play our games at the local Boy's Club," Stull recalled. "'We even got a trophy, but sadly I can't remember what it was for."

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Tell Us: Which Jolie-Pitt kid does young Brad most resemble?

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