Curtis Granderson is known as a trained American outfield baseball player who currently plays for the popular Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Granderson has made such an impact on the baseball field that his name is almost synonymous with baseball. Unfortunately, not many people 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 in the city of Illinois on March 16, 1981, the son of Curtis Granderson Sr., a dean and physical education teacher at Nathan Hale Elementary School, Illinois, and his wife Mary Granderson, a high school chemistry teacher. He grew up in Blue Island and Lynwood, Illinois, located in the southern suburbs of Chicago, USA.
Granderson has a half-sister, Monica, who is a professor of English at Jackson State University.
His love of baseball began at a young age. As he grew up, he fell in love with the Atlanta Braves instead of supporting his hometown club, the Chicago Cubs. This was because he was disappointed every time he rushed home from school to see a Cubs game take over his beloved show.
In his school days at Thornton Fractional South High School (T.F. South), Lansing Curtis Granderson played baseball and basketball so well that he hit .369 with 11 home runs and 88 runs (RBI), a feat that earned him an all-state pick in his senior year. He wore the number 14 on T.F. South, a jersey that T.F. South withdrew in December 2011 in a ceremony honoring his father Curtis Sr. who wore it when playing softball.
After high school, he also played college baseball at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2002 MLB draft for his remarkable record since his early years. He played his first game for his team, the Tigers, in 2004 and subsequently signed a contract to extend his stay in Detroit in 2008.
When the 2009 season ended, the New York Yankees acquired him in a three-team swap and sent Phil Coke and midfielder Austin Jackson 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 until 2017.
In August 2017, the Mets traded him for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and in January 2018 he signed a one-year contract worth $5 million with the Toronto Blue Jays.
In his career to date, he has won the MBL All-Star three times and in 2011 he has added the Silver Slugger Award to his accolade collection. He also received the Man of the Year Award for the Marvin Miller Prize and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016 for his contributions to the community. He is also active as an MLB Ambassador abroad.
In addition to his baseball career, Curtis Granderson is also involved in charitable work, which he enjoys doing in the community, and among his many accomplishments is helping inner-city children. He is also a great motivator who doesn’t waste time motivating his supporters through his interviews, using his good and bad experiences throughout his career.
With a career history that spans from the Yankees to the Mets and Tigers to the Dodgers, Granderson has amassed quite a fortune in his financial reputation. He has an estimated net worth of 58 million dollars.
In 2014, he signed a $60 million contract with the Mets that provided a guaranteed income of $60 million and an average annual 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?
Until now, Granderson has been able to keep information about his personal life and relationships completely confidential. He hasn’t been seen with his girlfriend or his wife. As a result, many people wonder if this decision is a deliberate move by the famous baseball icon to shift focus away from his personal life and concentrate on his career, or if he is not just interested in relationships.
His fans will definitely want to see him on the hook 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.