Curtis Granderson is known as a trained American baseball outfielder who currently plays for the popular Los Angeles Dodgers of the Major League Baseball (MLB). Granderson has made so much impact in the baseball field that his name is almost synonymous with baseball, unfortunately, not many know that he is also a producer, known for Sunday Night Baseball (2006-2013), First Step (2016) and Prime 9 (2009).
Here are all the other amazing facts you need to know about the multi-talented baseball player.
Curtis was born on the 16th day of March 1981 in the city of Illinois to Curtis Granderson Sr.,- a dean and physical education teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School, Illinois, and his High school chemistry teacher wife, Mary Granderson. He grew up in Blue Island, and Lynwood, Illinois, which is in the south suburbs of Chicago, USA.
Granderson has a half-sister, Monica, who is an English Professor at the Jackson State University.
His love for baseball began from his early years. Growing up, he fell in love with the Atlanta Braves instead of supporting his hometown club Chicago Cubs. This was because he was always disappointed each time he hurried back home from school to see a Cubs game taking over his much-loved show.
In his high school days at the Thornton Fractional South High School (T.F. South), Lansing Curtis Granderson played baseball and basketball so well that he batted .369 with 11 home runs and 88 runs batted in (RBI), a feat which fetched him an All-State selection in his senior year. He wore the number 14 at T.F. South, a jersey the T.F. South decided to retire in a December 2011 ceremony as an honor to his father, Curtis Sr, who wore it while playing softball.
After High school, he also played college baseball at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He got selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 MLB draft due to his notable stats since his early years. He started his first game for his team the Tigers team in 2004 and subsequently signed a contract to extend his stay in Detroit in 2008.
When the season was over in 2009, the New York Yankees acquired him in a three-team trade, while sending Phil Coke and centerfielder Austin Jackson off to Detroit. He remained with the 2014 season when he signed a new four -year contract with the New York Mets worth $60 million. The contract kept him there till 2017.
In August 2017, Mets traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers and by January 2018, he signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
So far in his career, he has won the MBL All-Star thrice, adding the Silver Slugger Award to his accolade collections in 2011. He also received the Man of the Year Award for the Marvin Miller Prize and followed it up with the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016 as a result of his contributions to the community. He has gone on to serve as an MLB ambassador abroad.
Apart from his baseball career, Curtis Granderson also has a heart charity works which he gladly does in the community, and many of his accomplishments include supporting the inner-city children. He is also a great motivator who never wastes any time in motivating his followers through his interviews, using his good and bad experiences throughout his career.
With a career history ranging from Yankees to Mets, Tigers and then to the Dodgers, Granderson has amassed quite a fortune in his financial reputation. He has an estimated net worth of $58 Million.
In 2014, he signed a $60 million contract with the Mets which included $60 Million guaranteed income and an annual average salary of $15 Million. In 2018, he signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Is Curtis Granderson Married? Who Is His Wife/ Girlfriend?
Up until now, Granderson has been able to keep information about his personal life and relationships a watertight secret. He has been spotted with neither girlfriend nor wife. This has kept many wondering if the decision is a deliberate move by the celebrated baseball icon to shift focus away from his personal life and concentrate on his career or that he isn’t just interested in relationships.
His fans will definitely want to see him hooked with a partner.
Curtis is quite blessed when it comes to height. He stands at 6′ 1″ (1.85 m), which is just 1 inch below the average height for baseball players which is 6 feet 2 inches. He weighs 88kg.