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By Darryl Strawberry
Former baseball slugger Darryl Strawberry, whose achievements at the box have been frequently overshadowed via his struggles off the sphere, recounts the highs, the lows, and the teachings realized alongside the way in which that allowed him to outlive.
The youngest son of Henry and Ruby Strawberry, Darryl grew up in a single of Los Angeles's hardest neighborhoods yet channeled his strength into basketball and baseball. the hot York Mets drafted him in 1980, and he used to be voted the nationwide League Rookie of the yr in 1983. Strawberry went directly to be the 1st nationwide League participant voted to the All-Star online game in each one of his first 4 complete seasons.
through the eighties and nineties, notwithstanding, Strawberry confronted many demanding situations off the sector, together with tax evasion, drug use, solicitation, and allegations of household attack. His seasons with the Dodgers, Giants, and Yankees have been interrupted via suspensions, visits to rehab, remedy for colon melanoma, and time in felony. yet in 2006, Strawberry's existence dramatically replaced path. He married and dedicated himself to his church and his paintings with youngsters and adults stricken by autism and different developmental problems.
For the 1st time, in his personal phrases, Darryl Strawberry supplies his inspirational narrative, the extreme tale of his existence.
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