Friday, July 10, 2015
#450 Darryl Strawberry
About the Back: Two homers is all well and good, but Darryl had a pair of three-homer games in his career, separated by more than a decade: August 5, 1985 for the Mets and August 6, 1996 for the Yankees.
1. Late in his career, Strawberry found new life as a part-timer for the Yankees. In 1998, he hit two pinch grand slams during the regular season; only four other players have performed that feat.
2. Darryl is both a recovered drug addict and a survivor of colon cancer. He currently lives in Missouri with his wife Tracy and is a born-again Christian minister.
3. His son D. J. (Darryl Jr.) was a swingman and point guard for the University of Maryland basketball team (2003-2007). He was a second-round draft pick of the Phoenix Suns, and has played pro basketball ever since, spending much of that time in Europe.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Thanks to The Simpsons, I've always suspected that the mocking chant of "DAAAARRR-RRYYYLLL, DAAAARRR-RRYYYLLL" will actually reduce Strawberry to tears.
Bill James Said: "The back injury which has cost him most of the last two years is obviously serious and probably chronic."
On This Date in 1993: July 10. Television screenwriter Sam Rolfe, who co-created Have Gun - Will Travel and also wrote for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Eleventh Hour, dies of a heart attack at age 69.