When he was one and a half years old, his family moved to Port Tampa, Florida. He attracted scouts from the New York Yankees and the Cincinnati Reds , but an injury ended his baseball career. He began watching professional wrestling at 16 years old. While in high school, he revered Dusty Rhodes ,  and he regularly attended cards at the Tampa Sportatorium. It was at one of those wrestling cards where he first turned his attention towards Superstar Billy Graham and looked to him for inspiration;  since he first saw Graham on TV,  Hogan wanted to match his "inhuman" look.