California native Strawberry played baseball in his High School and he was drafted for the New York Mets as the number 1 pick in the 1980 MLB Draft.
He played for all big teams that you can think of – Mets until 1990, then from 1991 to 1993, Darryl has played for the Dodgers from L.A., after that he became the part of the San Francisco Giants in 1994, and he ended his career with the New York Yankees in 1999.
Darryl won every significant thing in the baseball World Series competitions, in 1996, 1998, and 1999.
Darryl’s parents are Henry and Ruby Strawberry, and he was born in Los Angeles on March 12, 1962.
Darryl described his childhood as painful since his father was very abusive – he was an abusive alcoholic. He was called Big Hank, and he mostly was abusive toward Darryl and his brother Ronnie.
He grew up in L.A. with his siblings – Ronnie, Regina, Mike, and Michelle. Their dad, who was known for his nickname “Big Hank”, was prone to angry bursts, and the usual victims were Darryl and Ronnie.
But Darryl and his brother decided one night to confront their dad – they faced him and told him to get out of their home.
Big Hank went crazy, as Darryl described – but he soon calmed down. The police officers came into the house and told Hank to leave, and their mom stayed alone to take care of the kids.
As Darryl said, his training was escaping from abuse that he suffered – It was the proper way to channel his rage.
Baseball runs in the family since his older brother named Michael Strawberry was also chosen in that draft, he went to play for the Dodgers in the 31st round.
Darryl was in High School, and he played baseball actively in his High School, the team called Cougars, his teammate was Chris Brown ( an American third baseman in MLB during the 1980s, most notably with the San Francisco Giants) – in 1980 Darryl was drafted in the first overall MLB Mets drafted Strawberry.
Strawberry entered the primary league level in 1983 after having good results in the field.
He had a unique hitting position with a long leg thrust, and not many players could have the same results and style of play as he did.
In the next year, Darryl reached to an All-Star match – but not just that. He succeeded in this for eight consecutive appearances.
From 1983 until 1990 he was definitely one of the famous baseball players in the world – he even had his own action figure, along with posters.
Darryl was not the perfect player – he was often late and missed out workouts, and he also fought with the team manager. This was not good for this athlete, but no one could deny his quality.
But still, during the season he hit 27 home runners.
Darryl succeeded in 1987 in something that not many did – in his play he had almost 40 home runs, and he became one of ten players in annals to achieve it.
Also, he successfully directed the Mets to the finale, but the team lost from Dodgers.
In 1990, Darryl was an independent agent, and he signed a profitable multi-million deal that would last for five years period with the L.A. Dodgers.
He was successful in the field, but he also struggled on his plan – injuries, health problems and legal troubles.
In 1991, he had played in less than 80 matches; and three years later he was cleared from his team, the Dodgers.
After that Darryl has engaged with the Giants from San Francisco, but he did not found the major success.
Darryl turned to drugs because he could not bear the pressure that came from every side – he was famous, and there were significant expectations from him. He turned to drugs – his choice was alcohol and amphetamines, and later it was cocaine.
In the start of 1995, he was tested positive for a drug, it was cocaine, at the time his drug of choice, and he contracted with the Yankees also a New York-based team.
Later he signed with the Saint Paul Saint in an effort to reestablish his career.
On the second day of June, he achieved home run for the Saint Paul Saints.
And truth to be told he was excellent with the Yankees, Darryl’s team won the 1996 World Series.
Darryl still played in 1998, but this was the year when he found out that he had a colon carcinoma.
The next year, Strawberry came back from his time in hospital and played restricted playing time, scoring three home runs.
If we want to talk about his achievements, we must say that he played in nine All-Star games.
Only five MLB players succeeded in scoring grand slams in the same season, and Darryl is one of them.
Darry, during his career, played for Yankees, Dodgers, Mets, and Giants – all four teams located in New York.
In 2005 and 2008 Darryl served as a coach for the New York Mets, and in 2010 he got a lifetime reward since he was the part of the Mets Hall of Fame.
In 2007 and 2008 he worked as an anchorman on the Mets pre- and shows that spoke about the match on SNY and in 2009 as an analyst.
He had a restaurant in Douglaston, in Queens named Strawberry’s Sports that worked from 2010 until 2012.
Darryl lives now in Missouri and is married to his 3rd wife, a woman called Tracy Boulware. He met her in a rehabilitation conference for drug users.
Tracy had her struggle with narcotic abuse, and in one interview, she has said that she connected to him because he was a very broken man, even physically, he was a man of rage.
In 2006, the pair were married and had since founded Foundation that carries his name – this is the organisation that is helping children who have autism.
It is a known fact that he had two marriages before one with Tracy – one with Lisa Watkins and other with Charisse Simons who he divorced in 2005.
He has four children total – Darryl Jr, Jordan, Jade and Jewel.
His son Jr plays basketball in the NBA, and we may add very successfully.
Jordan, his other son, is also a basketball player.
In 1995 in California, Darryl was charged with neglecting to make child maintenance fees – later one he settled to pay it.
In 1998, lawyer Robert Shapiro accused Darryl of not paying 100,000 dollars in legal expenses.
This year was problematic for him in other ways – in that year Darryl was told that he had to deal with colon carcinoma – he had a surgery and went through the chemotherapy. He successfully recovered after he had one more surgery in 2000.
In 1999 he was arrested in Florida for asking sex from a woman police officer that worked as a hidden prostitute and for having a little amount of drug. Later on, he was suspended by MLB for the episode.
For this, Darryl was convicted for almost a year of probation and social service.
In 2000, Darryl drove while on painkillers, and he had a crash – he was arrested and convicted of probation that should last for a year and a social service.
In later years he was arrested off and on, and this all occurred between chemotherapies, drugging and probation violations.
Many times he had left drug treatment centres.
Darryl also had a problem with sex addiction, as he stated himself on several occasions.
Darryl has appeared on The Trinity Broadcasting Network, then on evangelist Benny Hinn’s T.V. program and The 700 Club. He spoke about his new life and return to fate and Jesus.
He is a humanitarian who donates money for different causes – in 2010 he was the headliner of the BGC Charity Day event.
Darryl had his fear share of problems in his life and career – he had legal issues, financial difficulties and health issues.
But he turned out to be the winner – in 2014 Darryl opened the first The Darryl Strawberry Recovery Center to help people who suffer from substance abuse.
In 2009 he published an autobiography and appeared on Celebrity Apprentice the next year.
But his effort and his career were rewarding – he was inducted into the New York Mets Hall of Fame in 2010.
Darryl is retired, but his Net Worth is, if you look at different sources, somewhere between 1, 5 million and 2 million dollars.
It is a known fact that he has earned during his career around $30 million – he has played for all great teams like the New York Mets, the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, and of course, the Los Angeles Dodgers
He was many times over in All-Star selection and N.L. Rookie of the Year.
Darryl made his fortune even more significant because he works as an analyst for New York SportsNet.
Darryl has a negotiated contract with the Mets that pays him $36,681 per year for the next 17 years – this came as a measure for paying his debt to IRS. Between 1987 and 1990 Darryl underpaid his federal earnings taxes by $542,572.
Full name: Darryl Eugene Strawberry Sr.
Date of birth: March 12, 1962
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Age: 57 years
Profession: baseball player
Height: 198 cm
Weight: 91 kg
Net Worth: 2 million dollars