Darryl Strawberry is described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives. He has earned the legendary nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared homerun hitters in the game of baseball: "Straw's Sweet Swing," "Strawberry's Field Forever," and "The Legendary Straw Man!" Today, Strawberry's passion is using his story to change the lives of others, whether he is speaking about cancer survival, those afflicted and affected by autism, overcoming addiction, or his faith in God. In his New York Times best-selling memoir, Straw: Finding My Way (Ecco), he shares his whole story from growing up in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, his rise to baseball superstardom as a Met, Dodger, and Yankee, his public and private struggles with addiction, his triumphant battle over cancer, his religious awakening, and his marriage to the love of his life, Tracy Strawberry.
Strawberry's achievements through the life he lives today have earned him the respect and entitlement that he has searched for all his life. He is currently recognized as the roving instructor and community outreach spokesperson for the New York Mets, The Mets pre- and post-game television sports announcer for Sports New York (SNY), public speaker, joint venture consultant and entrepreneur through Strawmarketing, LLC, spokesperson as a two-time cancer survivor, Action for Autism Advocate, and youth outreach advocate.
Strawberry remains one of the most celebrated New York ballplayers in recent memory. An eight-time All Star, four-time World Series Champion, and National League Rookie of the Year, he played for the Mets, Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees during his headlining career. His personal story of suffering and pain derives from the severe abuse that he suffered at the hand of a raging alcoholic father. This part of his life created the deep compassion in his heart for children and anyone suffering at the hands of abuse. Strawberry's desire is that his story will instill hope in others and to encourage them that healing is possible. Today, after overcoming many personal challenges including colon cancer, he is an All Star in the autism community. His 501c-3 non-profit organization, The Darryl Strawberry Foundation, donates funds needed for the facilities and programs that provide hope for individuals and groups in need. As he says, "Autism is a very serious epidemic and we must give it all we've got to search for a cure, help these families and support these precious souls."
Now retired from baseball, Strawberry is devoted to his church and to his work with individuals affected by autism via the Darryl Strawberry Foundation. Since Opening Day 2008, Strawberry has served as special ambassador for the Mets.
Career Highlights of Darryl Strawberry:
- 2009 New York Times Best Selling Author Straw: Finding My Way
- Two-Time cancer Survivor, Action for Autism Advocate, Youth Outreach Advocate
- 2008-2009 Mets Special Instructor and Community Outreach Spokesperson
- TV Analyst: SNY Sports Announcer for New York Mets
- Named in New York Times top 20 as one of the most favorite and famous celebrities out of the 100 most famous people in New York City
- Four World Series Titles: New York Mets 1986, New York Yankees 1996, 1998, 1999
- Eight-Time National League All-Star: 1984-1991
- 1988 National League Homerun Leader
- 1988 Two-Time NL Silver Slugger Award
- 1988 National League Slugging Percentage Leader
- 100 RBI Seasons 3x's over: 1987, 1988, 1990
- 20 Home Run Seasons 10x's over: 1983-1991, 1998
- 30 Home Run Seasons 3x's over: 1987, 1988, 1990
- 1983 National League Rookie of the Year: New York Mets
- 1983 Topps All Star Rookie of the Year
- 100 Runs Scored Seasons 2x's over: 1987, 1988
- Hall of Fame Nomination in 2004
What People Are Saying About Darryl Strawberry's Talks:
"After Darryl's presentation and witnessing the standing ovation he received from the audience I say I was very impressed. His presentation was an inspiration to say the least and something I will never forget."
-- R.Purvis, Child Advocacy Center : Stop the Abuse
"Everyone was very impressed and enjoyed Darryl's message. He delivered such an inspirational message for all of those battling the disease(cancer)."
-- A. Symons, Sundance Associates, The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders
"Darryl was incredible. He is a completely selfless, kind, generous man and speaks from the heart. He was great with all the people with developmental disabilities who were there that night."
-- M. Rotchford, Saratoga Bridges Foundation: Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
"Darryl was very personable. He was real and he was encouraging. He was truly inspirational."
-- H. Manarchuck, Peckville Assembly of God Church
"Darryl's message to our young men in this detention center has touched the hearts of some of the hardest kids in here. His honesty and ability to explain change is something these men need to hear and learn how to live. He gave them hope and made them feel like they have a chance in life. It was an amazing night"
-- T. Hughes: Babler State Correctional Facility
Praise for Straw: Finding My Way:
"Straw is the story of a guy who had two strikes against him in the middle innings of life and hit one out of the park."
-- Reggie Jackson
"Darryl Strawberry hit more than 300 homers and shared in four championships, but he will be remembered as much for what he didn't accomplish as for all of the things he accomplished. In Straw, he tells you why."
-- Buster Olney, author of The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty
"Darryl has written a profound book on the meaning of celebrity, sports, and manhood. Reading his story, you follow an incredibly talented ballplayer who fell prey to his demons off the field. This is a riveting and memorable account of one man's pursuit of a meaningful life. "
-- David Cone
"Straw does have the virtue of sincerity and of seeming profoundly felt. Its narrator emerges as a real and complex man: humble in the face of his failures, palpably hungry for redemption, and yet still capable of myopia and self-righteousness. You feel for him a way you never did - at least I never did - when you were merely cheering and/or booing him at Shea."
-- New York Times Book Review
"If you're looking for an interesting book about a chaotically interesting life, Straw makes for good reading."
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch