AKA: Cornell Haynes, Jr.

Claim to Fame: Grammy Award-winning hip hop recording artist.

Neighborhood: Grew up in University City. Lives in St. Louis County.

High School: University City High School, Class of 1993

Passion: Family and sports. Always proud to don St. Louis team jerseys and colors, Nelly is a stellar athlete who was scouted by the baseball Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. His pro ball focus shifted to music when he and his group, the St. Lunatics, had their first regional hit. Scoring big on the music charts didn’t keep him from smashing a baseball. Nelly went yard wearing a National League jersey and Cardinals cap during the 2014 Major League Baseball Legends and Celebrity Softball event. Head to Pin-Up Bowl in The Loop to see where the rapper has rolled more than one perfect game.

More: The “Country Grammar” star has several genre crossover hits. He climbed the Country Music charts with his cover of the love song, “Die a Happy Man.” Follow Nelly on his Twitter feed @Nelly_Mo.