Courtesy Sports Illustrated
09/19/2011 at 11:00 AM EDT
He plays a baseball coach in the upcoming Moneyball
, but Brad Pitt is anything but experienced in America's favorite pastime.
"It's shameful how little I know about baseball … I'm amazed they let me do this movie," Pitt, 47, tells Sports Illustrated
in this week's cover story, which will hit newsstands on Wednesday.
"Baseball and I didn't get along that well," he adds. "I wrestled one year [in high school]. I dove one year. Everything but baseball."
What drew him to the role, says Pitt: "I'm a sucker for the underdog story."
Pitt, who also graced last week's cover of Entertainment Weekly
and Parade Magazine
is one of just a handful of non-sports figures to grace the cover of the sports magazine.
Former cover subjects include Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Stephen Colbert, Bob Hope, Ed Sullivan, Steve McQueen, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John F. Kennedy, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.