Richard Tiffany Gere is an American actor and humanitarian activist. He began acting in the 1970s, playing a role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. He came to prominence in 1980 for his role in the film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man, Gere was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Doris Ann, was a housewife and his father, Homer George Gere, was an insurance agent for the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and had originally intended to become a minister. Gere is their eldest son and second child and his paternal great-grandfather had changed the spelling of the surname from Geer. Both of his parents were Mayflower descendants, Geres ancestors include Pilgrims Francis Eaton, John Billington, George Soule, Richard Warren, Degory Priest, Francis Cooke and William Brewster. In 1967, Gere graduated from North Syracuse Central High School and he attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst on a gymnastics scholarship, majoring in philosophy, but did not graduate, leaving after two years.
Gere first worked professionally at the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Provincetown Playhouse on Cape Cod in 1971 and his first major acting role was in the original London stage version of Grease in 1973. He began appearing in Hollywood films in the mid-1970s, originally cast in a starring role in The Lords of Flatbush, he was replaced after fighting with another star of the film, Sylvester Stallone. He played a small but memorable part in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and starred in the director Terrence Malicks well-reviewed 1978 film, Days of Heaven. Gere was one of the first notable Hollywood actors to play a gay character, Gere won a Theatre World Award for his performance. Gere experienced several box office failures after 1982, but his career rebounded with the releases of Internal Affairs and he starred in several successful films throughout the 1990s, including Sommersby, Primal Fear and Runaway Bride. He took a role in the 1997 action movie The Jackal. Geres 2004 ballroom dancing drama Shall We Dance. was a performer that grossed $170 million worldwide.
His next film, the 2005 adapted novel Bee Season, was a commercial failure, in 2008, Gere co-starred with Diane Lane in the romantic drama Nights in Rodanthe. The film was panned by critics, but grossed over $84 million worldwide. Later in his career, Gere was honored twice for his lifetime achievement, regarding his 2012 performance in Arbitrage, Lou Lumenick of the New York Post said Richard Gere gives the best performance of his career. He received an award from the 34th Cairo International Film Festival in December 2010, Gere had a relationship with actress Penelope Milford from 1971 to 1978
Nicholas Thomas Nick Swisher is a former American professional baseball outfielder and first baseman in Major League Baseball. He was a switch hitter who threw left-handed, and played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and he won the 2009 World Series with the Yankees against the Philadelphia Phillies and was an All-Star in 2010. A power hitter with excellent plate discipline, Swisher hit at least 20 home runs in each of nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. Swisher is the son of former MLB catcher Steve Swisher, who played for various National League baseball clubs in the 1970s and 1980s, Swisher was born in Columbus, but grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Before his professional career, Swisher played college baseball for the Ohio State Buckeyes, drafted by the As in the 2002 MLB draft, Swisher made his MLB debut with the Athletics in 2004, and played for the team through 2007. After spending one year with the White Sox in 2008, the Yankees acquired him prior to the start of the 2009 campaign and he played in New York for four years before signing with the Cleveland Indians prior to the 2013 season.
Swisher was born in Columbus, the son of Lillian Marie Malizia and Steve Swisher and his mother was of part Italian descent, her grandfather immigrated to the Buffalo area from the town of Oliveri, in Sicily. Swishers parents divorced when he was 11 years old and he went to live with his grandparents in Parkersburg, West Virginia, who raised him during his teenage years. Swisher was a star at Parkersburg High School in football and baseball as well as a letterman in basketball. As a strong safety he was recruited by several Division I-A football programs, including University of Notre Dame, but chose to pursue baseball. Undrafted in the Major League Baseball Draft out of school, Swisher enrolled at Ohio State University, as that school. Playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes baseball team in the Big Ten Conference, Swisher was named Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2000, after hitting.299 with 10 home runs and 48 runs batted in. He was an All-Big Ten selection as a first baseman as a sophomore in 2001, after hitting.322 with 56 RBI and he earned All-Big Ten honors as an outfielder in 2002, after batting.348 with 10 home runs and 52 RBI.
Swisher was selected by the Oakland Athletics with the Boston Red Sox first round pick in 2002 as compensation for the loss of free agent Johnny Damon and the Athletics 2002 draft, are heavily featured in Michael Lewis 2003 book Moneyball. He batted.230 in 76 games for Midland to finish the season, Swisher played for the Sacramento River Cats of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League for the 2004 season. That season, he led all minor league players with 103 walks. Swisher made his MLB debut in 2004 for the Athletics, playing in 20 games, retaining his rookie status for 2005, Swisher hit 21 home runs and recorded 74 RBI in 131 games for the 2005 Athletics. He finished 6th in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, teammate Huston Street won the award, while fellow 2002 Oakland draftee Joe Blanton finished seventh
Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr. is a Puerto Rican former professional baseball player and musician. He played his entire 16-year career in Major League Baseball with the New York Yankees from 1991 through 2006, a center fielder, Williams was a member of four World Series championship teams with the Yankees. He ended his career with a.297 batting average,287 home runs,1,257 runs batted in,1,366 runs scored and he was a five-time MLB All-Star and won four Gold Glove Awards. He won the Silver Slugger Award and American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award, known for his consistency and post-season heroics, Williams is one of the most beloved Yankees of all time and his number,51, was retired by the Yankees in May 2015. Williams is a trained guitarist. Following his absence from baseball, he has released two jazz albums and he was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2009. Bernabé Williams Figueroa Jr. was born to Bernabé Williams Figueroa Sr. a merchant marine and dispatcher, and Rufina Williams, the Williams family lived in the Bronx until Bernie was one year old, when they moved to Puerto Rico.
Growing up, Williams played classical guitar as well as baseball and he was active in track and field, winning medals at an international meet at the age of 15. In 1985, Roberto Rivera, a scout for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball, discovered Williams and Williams friend, though Rivera was not interested in González, who he perceived as not taking the game seriously, he wanted to sign Williams. However, Williams was a few months shy of his 17th birthday, the Yankees put Williams in a training camp in Connecticut, near the home of scouting director Doug Melvin. The Yankees officially signed Williams on his 17th birthday, while playing in minor league baseball, Williams took a course on biology at the University of Puerto Rico, and considered undertaking a pre-medical track as an undergraduate student. Deciding that he could not excel at baseball and medicine at the same time, playing for the Yankees Double-A team in Albany, he continued to develop his athletic skills – particularly as a switch hitter.
Although viewed as a prospect by Yankee management, his rise to the Majors was delayed by the solid outfield that the team had developed in the early 1990s. Williams managed to break into the majors in 1991 to replace the injured Roberto Kelly for the half of that season. He batted.238 in 320 at bats and he was demoted to the minors until Danny Tartabull was injured, and Williams earned his stay at center by putting up solid numbers. Williams had become the regular Yankees center fielder by 1993, Williams got off to a slow start that season, and Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, impatient with Williams, insisted that Gene Michael, the teams general manager, trade him. Michael discussed trading Williams for Larry Walker with the Montreal Expos, in his first full season with the Yankees, Williams had a.268 batting average. Buck Showalter helped keep him with the Yankees through 1995, when George Steinbrenner sought to trade him, Steinbrenner was frustrated by the teams difficulty in placing him in any of the traditional baseball player molds
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The Essendon Football Club is a professional Australian rules football club which plays in the Australian Football League, the sports premier competition. Formed in 1871 as a club and playing as a senior club since 1878. It is historically associated with Essendon, a suburb in the north-west of Melbourne, dyson Heppell is the current team captain. A founding member club of both the Victorian Football Association, in 1877, and the Victorian Football League, in 1896, the club claims to have over at least one million supporters Australia wide. Essendon has won 16 VFL/AFL premierships which, along with Carlton, is the most of any club in the competition, the club was founded by members of the Royal Agricultural Society, the Melbourne Hunt Club and the Victorian Woolbrokers. The Essendon Football Club is thought to have formed in 1872 at a meeting it the home of a well-known brewery family, the McCrackens, whose Ascot Vale property hosted a team of local junior players. Robert McCracken, the owner of several city hotels, was the founder and first president of the Essendon club and his son, Alex would become president of the newly formed VFL.
Alexs cousin, who had played with Melbourne, was the teams first captain. The club played its first recorded match against the Carlton second twenty on 7 June 1873, Essendon played 13 matches in its first season, winning seven, with four draws and losing two. The club was one of the junior members of the Victorian Football Association in 1877. During its early years in the Association, Essendon played its matches at Flemington Hill. In 1878, Essendon played in the first match on what would be considered by modern standards to be a field at Flemington Hill. In 1879 Essendon played Melbourne in one of the earliest night matches recorded when the ball was painted white, in 1883 the team played four matches in Adelaide. In 1891 Essendon won their first VFA premiership, which they repeated in 1892,1893 and 1894, one of the clubs greatest players, Albert Thurgood played for the club during this period. Essendon was undefeated in the 1893 season, at the end of the 1896 season Essendon along with seven other clubs formed the Victorian Football League.
Essendons first VFL game was in 1897 was against Geelong at Corio Oval in Geelong, Essendon won its first VFL premiership by winning the 1897 VFL finals series. Essendon again won the premiership in 1901, defeating Collingwood in the Grand Final, the club won successive premierships in 1911 and 1912 over Collingwood and South Melbourne respectively. The nickname first appeared in print in the local North Melbourne Advertiser in 1889 and it was known firstly as Essendon Town and, after 1905, as Essendon
Lucie Désirée Arnaz is an American actress and producer. Lucie Arnaz was born and raised in Los Angeles and she is the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and is the sister of actor Desi Arnaz, Jr. Having had walk-on roles in her mothers television series The Lucy Show and she played Kim Carter, the daughter of the eponymous Lucy—who was played by Arnazs real-life mother, Lucille Ball. Arnaz branched out into television roles independent of her family from the mid-1970s, in 1975, she played murder victim Elizabeth Short in an NBC telefilm of Who is the Black Dahlia. In 1978, she appeared in an episode of Fantasy Island as a woman trying to save her marriage. She has continued to make appearances in a number of television series over the years, including Murder, She Wrote, Marcus Welby M. D. Sons and Daughters. Arnaz had a series of her own, The Lucie Arnaz Show. She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Special, in 1993 for her documentary about her parents and Desi and she has had a lengthy career in musical theatre.
In the summer of 1978, she played the role in Annie Get Your Gun at the Jones Beach Theatre on Long Island. This was the first production at Jones Beach Theatre after the death of longtime producer Guy Lombardo and she made her Broadway debut in February 1979 in the musical Theyre Playing Our Song. Arnaz won the Theatre World Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Sonia Walsk. In 1986, she won the Sarah Siddons Award for her tour with Tommy Tune in the company of the musical My One. She has numerous other theater credits, both in the United States and abroad, Whose Life Is It Anyway and she toured in Pippin in 2014, playing the part of Berthe, the title characters grandmother. She appeared on Broadway in Pippin, from October 9,2014 to November 9,2014, in 2010, Arnaz performed in and directed Babalu, A Celebration of the Music of Desi Arnaz and his Orchestra. A Miami, Florida performance was given in July 2010, Arnaz made feature-film appearances, including The Jazz Singer in which she co-starred with Neil Diamond and Laurence Olivier.
She earned a nomination for the 1981 Golden Globe Award, Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, Arnaz was a Trustee on the Board of The American Theatre Wing for 15 years. From about 2002 to 2007, Arnaz was the president of the board of directors of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center in Jamestown and she resigned over a dispute with the executive director over the future direction of the Center. She appeared live on stage in Jamestown at the Reg Lenna Palace Civic Center on August 3,2012 and she gave tribute to both her parents, and expressed a desire to further expand the Festival of New Comedy and expand the Jamestown, New York, Lucy Fest
Thurman Lee Munson was an American Major League Baseball catcher. He played his entire 11-year professional baseball career for the New York Yankees, a perennial All-Star, Munson is the only Yankee to win both the Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards. Born in Akron, Munson was selected as the pick of the 1968 Major League Baseball draft. Munson hit over.300 in his two seasons in the Minor Leagues, establishing himself as a top prospect and he became the New York Yankees starting catcher late in the 1969 season. Munson played his first complete season in 1970, and was voted A. L, Rookie of the Year after hitting.302. Considered the heart and soul of the Yankees, Munson was named the first team captain since Lou Gehrig and he led the Yankees to three consecutive World Series appearances from 1976 to 1978, and two consecutive World Series championships in 1977 and 1978. In 1979, Munson died at the age of 32 while practicing landing his Cessna Citation at Akron–Canton Airport, Munson suffered a broken neck as result of the crash, and his cause of death was asphyxiation.
His two companions escaped the burned aircraft, Munson was born in Akron, Ohio to Darrell Vernon Munson and Ruth Myrna Smylie, the youngest of four children. His father was a World War II veteran who became a driver while his mother was a homemaker. When he turned eight, the Munson family moved to nearby Canton and he was taught how to play baseball by his older brother Duane, and usually played baseball with kids Duanes age, who were four years older. His brother left to join the United States Air Force while Thurman was a freshman in high school and he attended Lehman High School in Canton, where he was captain of the football and basketball teams and was all-city and state in all three sports. Munson played halfback on the squad, guard on the basketball squad. Munson switched to catcher in his year in order to handle the pitching prowess of his teammate. He attracted scholarship offers from various colleges and he opted to attend nearby Kent State University on scholarship, where he was a teammate of pitcher and broadcaster Steve Stone.
In the summer of 1967, Munson joined the Cape Cod Baseball League, in recognition of this achievement and his subsequent professional achievements, the Thurman Munson Batting Award is given each season to the Leagues batting champion. Munson was selected by the Yankees with the fourth pick in the 1968 Major League Baseball draft. In his only full minor league season, he batted and he was batting.363 for the Syracuse Chiefs in 1969 when he earned a promotion to the New York Yankees. Munson made his league debut on August 8,1969
Sheppards smooth, distinctive baritone and precise, consistent elocution became iconic aural symbols of both the old Yankee Stadium and Giants Stadium. Reggie Jackson famously nicknamed him The Voice of God, and Carl Yastrzemski once said, Sheppard was secretive about his age throughout his life, but according to New York voter records he was born October 20,1910, in Richmond Hill, New York City. He graduated from Saint Johns Preparatory School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1928 and he was elected president of his senior class. In 1933, he received a Masters degree in Speech Education from Columbia University, during World War II he served in the Navy as a gunnery officer aboard cargo ships, both in convoys and on independent missions in the Pacific Theater. After the War he became Chairman of the Speech Department at John Adams High School in Queens and he served as speech and debate coach for Sacred Heart Academys Forensic Team in Hempstead, New York. His multiple teaching jobs overlapped more than 25 years into his announcing career, as an announcer, he said, All I have to recommend is longevity.
After World War II, Sheppard was hired as the public address announcer for St. Johns football and basketball games, in the late 1940s, he became the announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers of the All-America Football Conference at Ebbets Field. He came to the attention of the Yankees when a front-office official heard him deliver a tribute to Babe Ruth at a Dodgers football game in 1948. He debuted at Yankee Stadium on April 17,1951 with the Yankees home opener, Sheppards first year as the Yankees announcer was the only one in which Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle shared the outfield. His first game featured eight future Hall of Famers, DiMaggio, Johnny Mize, Yogi Berra, and Phil Rizzuto for the Yankees, and Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, the first player he introduced was the Yankee Clippers brother, Dominic DiMaggio. His 1951 salary was $15 per game, $17 for a doubleheader, Sheppards distinctive announcing style became an integral component of the Yankee Stadium experience. For more than half a century each game began with his trademark cadence – Good afternoon. ladies and gentlemen.
each in-game announcement began, Your attention please and gentlemen. He introduced every player, Yankee or visitor, with equal divine reverence and he communicated the players position, uniform number and repeated the number, during his first at-bat, while announcing the players position and name during each succeeding at-bat. He eschewed flamboyant nicknames, Dennis Boyd was never introduced as Oil Can, anglo-Saxon names are not very euphonious, he said. What can I do with Steve Sax, what can I do with Mickey Klutts. But Mickey Mantle remained his favorite, Sheppard said Mantle once told him, Everytime Bob Sheppard introduced me at Yankee Stadium, and I said to him, So did I. Sheppard took great pride in pronouncing every name correctly, and made certain to check directly with a player if he had any doubt on the correct or preferred pronunciation. Minnie Miñoso, for example, preferred a precise Spanish pronunciation of his name, complete with tilde and he admitted that early in his career, whenever the Senators were in town he particularly feared tripping over Wayne Terwilligers name
Joseph Elliott Girardi is an American professional baseball manager for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball. Formerly a catcher, Girardi played for the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies, the Yankees, in 2006, he managed the Florida Marlins and was named the National League Manager of the Year. Girardi, the son of Jerry, a former blue collar worker and United States Air Force veteran. He attended East Peorias Neil Armstrong grade school, and Peorias Sacred Heart/Father Sweeney and he attended Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute in Peoria, where he played quarterback for the football team and catcher for the baseball team. He went on to play baseball at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and he was the first freshman to be elected president of a fraternity at Northwestern. The Chicago Cubs drafted Girardi in the round of the 1986 Major League Baseball draft. He spent four seasons in the Cubs minor leagues system before making his league debut. In 1986, Girardi batted.309 in 68 games with the Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League, in 1989, he played for the Águilas del Zulia in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Girardi made his Major League debut for the Cubs on April 4,1989, during his rookie year with the Cubs, Girardi batted.248 with a home run and 14 RBI in 59 games played. In 1990, he played in 133 games, batting.270 with a run and 38 RBI. In 1991, he played in only 21 games, batting.191 with 6 RBI, in 1992, he played in 91 games, batting.270 with a home run and 12 RBI. The Cubs left Girardi unprotected in the 1992 expansion draft and the Colorado Rockies chose him, during his first year with the Rockies in 1993, he played in 86 games batting.290 with five triples, three home runs, and 31 RBI. In 1994, he played in 93 games batting.276 with four triples, four home runs, in 1995, he played in 125 games batting.262 with a career-high 8 home runs and 55 RBI. Girardi was traded in 1995 to the New York Yankees for pitcher Mike DeJean, on May 14,1996, Girardi caught Dwight Goodens no-hitter. Girardi played in 124 games during the 1996 season, batting.294 with 2 home runs and 45 RBI. In Game 6 of the 1996 World Series, Girardi hit an RBI triple off of Greg Maddux that eventually led the Yankees winning the World Series for the first time since 1978, when the Yankees made 25-year-old prospect Jorge Posada his backup, Girardi became his mentor.
The two catchers split time for the Yankees through 1999, in 1997, Girardi played in 112 games batting.264 with a home run and 50 RBI. During the World Series-winning 1998 season, he played in 78 games batting.276 with 3 home runs and 31 RBI, on July 18,1999, Girardi caught David Cones perfect game
He had a pivotal role in the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing as Salvatore Sal Frangione, earning a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Aiello played Don Domenico Clericuzio in a miniseries, Mario Puzos The Last Don. Aiello, the fifth of six children, was born on West 68th Street, the son of Italian American parents Frances, a seamstress, aiellos father deserted the family even though his wife had gone blind. For many years, Aiello had publicly condemned his fathers desertion of his children, Aiello reconciled with his father in 1993, but to this day harbors a resentment of his fathers conduct. He moved to the South Bronx when he was seven, at the age of 16, Aiello lied about his age in order to enlist in the U. S. Army. After serving for three years, he returned to New York City and did various jobs in order to support himself, Aiello once served as a union representative for Greyhound Bus workers and was a night club bouncer at the legendary New York comedy club, The Improv.
Aiello broke into films in the early 1970s, one of his earliest roles came as a ballplayer in the 1973 baseball drama, Bang the Drum Slowly, with Robert De Niro. Aiello had a role as small-time hood Tony Rosato in The Godfather Part II. In 1980, Aiello had a role with Jan Michael Vincent in Defiance. The next year, he received acclaim for playing a racist New York City cop in Fort Apache, The Bronx with Paul Newman. In 1981, Danny Aiello won a Daytime Emmy Award for his appearance in an ABC Afterschool Special called A Family of Strangers. He was paired with De Niro again for the Sergio Leone gangster epic, Once Upon a Time in America and his many film appearances included three for director Woody Allen, who cast him in Broadway Danny Rose, The Purple Rose of Cairo, and Radio Days. Aiello is perhaps best known for his role as pizzeria owner Sal in Spike Lees Do the Right Thing, at the time of the films release, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, he called the role his first focal part.
He further identified the film as a collaborative effort, during which Spike Lee at one point told him Whatever you wanna do. Aiello went on to write a scene he shared with John Turturro ten minutes prior to its production. The role earned him nominations for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as film critic awards from Boston and Los Angeles. Although his characters have often been vulgar and violent, Aiello has portrayed sensitive and he had sympathetic roles in the 1990 horror thriller Jacobs Ladder and the 1991 comedy-drama 29th Street. In Léon, The Professional, Aiello had an important role as a cafe owner who assigns jobs to a hitman
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The Boston Red Sox are an American professional baseball team based in Boston, Massachusetts. The Red Sox compete in Major League Baseball as a club of the American League East division. The Red Sox have won eight World Series championships and have played in 13, founded in 1901 as one of the American Leagues eight charter franchises, the Red Sox home ballpark has been Fenway Park since 1912. The Red Sox name was chosen by the owner, John I. Taylor, around 1908, following the lead of previous teams that had known as the Boston Red Stockings. Boston was a dominant team in the new league, defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first World Series in 1903 and winning four more championships by 1918. Following their victory in the 2013 World Series, they became the first team to win three World Series trophies in the 21st century, including championships in 2004 and 2007. Red Sox history has marked by the teams intense rivalry with the Yankees. The Boston Red Sox are owned by Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Liverpool F. C.
of the Premier League in England. The Red Sox are consistently one of the top MLB teams in road attendance. From May 15,2003 to April 10,2013, the Red Sox sold out every home game—a total of 820 games for a professional sports record. Neil Diamonds Sweet Caroline has become an anthem for the Red Sox, the name Red Sox, chosen by owner John I. Taylor after the 1907 season, refers to the red hose in the team uniform beginning 1908. Sox had been adopted for the Chicago White Sox by newspapers needing a headline-friendly form of Stockings. The team name Red Sox had previously used as early as 1888 by a colored team from Norfolk. The Spanish language media sometimes refers to the team as Medias Rojas, the official Spanish site uses the variant Los Red Sox. The Red Stockings nickname was first used by a team by the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Managed by Harry Wright, Cincinnati adopted a uniform with white knickers and red stockings and earned the famous nickname, the Boston Red Stockings won four championships in the five seasons of the new National Association, the first professional league.
Other names were used before Boston officially adopted the nickname Braves in 1912
Mark Charles Teixeira is an American former professional baseball first baseman. He played in Major League Baseball for the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, before his professional career, he played college baseball at Georgia Tech, where in 2001 he won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate baseball player of the year. He was the fifth hitter in MLB history to reach 400 home runs. Drafted fifth overall by the Texas Rangers in 2001, Teixeira made his MLB debut on Opening Day in 2003 and he hit career-highs of 43 home runs and 144 RBI in 2005. The centerpiece of consecutive mid-season trades in 2007 and 2008, the Rangers first sent him to the Braves for Elvis Andrus and his next team in mid-2008 was the Angels, where they lost in the first round of the playoffs. In December 2008, he agreed to a contract with the Yankees. Injuries limited his effectiveness afterward, including early season-ending wrist surgery in 2013, related wrist injuries the following year, Teixeira retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season and contract with the Yankees.
Each season from 2004 to 2011, he hit at least 30 home runs with 100 RBI, Mark Teixeira grew up in Severna Park, the son of Margaret Margy Canterna and John Teixeira. He attended Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore and his paternal grandfather emigrated from the South American country Guyana, and he has English and English ancestry through his father. Teixeiras mother is of Italian descent, Teixeira was originally chosen in the ninth round of the 1998 Major League Baseball draft by the Boston Red Sox. Teixeira chose not to sign with the Red Sox, however, in the summer of 1999, he played for the Orleans Cardinals and won the Outstanding Pro Prospect Award in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Teixeira played college baseball at Georgia Tech, in 2000, his batting average was.427, and his on-base plus slugging was 1.319. He won the Dick Howser Trophy as the national collegiate player of the year. In 2001, Teixeira re-entered the draft and was selected by the Texas Rangers with the fifth overall pick, the Philadelphia Phillies considered selecting him with the fourth overall pick, but the demands of Teixeiras agent Scott Boras swayed the Phillies to select Gavin Floyd.
The Rangers signed Teixeira to a Major League contract worth $9.5 million over 4 years, Teixeira began the 2002 season in the Florida State League, where he batted.320 with an OPS of 1.000 in 38 games. He was moved up to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, with whom he batted.316 with a.994 OPS and it turned out that 2002 would be his only season in the minor leagues, he made the Rangers out of spring training in 2003. As a rookie in 2003, Teixeira hit.259 with 26 home runs,84 RBI, Teixeira began to improve in 2004, batting.281 with an OPS of.930,38 home runs, and 112 RBI. On August 17,2004, Teixeira hit for the cycle and he was named to his first All-Star Game after winning the fan voting portion of the selection to be named the starting first baseman for his league