If you are a fan of a baseball game, Johnny Damon is a well-known name.
He is the famous yet retired baseball player whose net worth is around $60 million.
Born on November 5, 1973, in Ft. Riley, Kansas, Johnny has a Thai bloodline as his mother was an immigrant from Thai to the United States whiles his father, lived in America who has an Irish and Croatian bloodline. Damon’s father was a staff sergeant in the United States Army. Therefore, he has traveled lots of places, like Okinawa, Japan, and West Germany during his childhood. Finally, his father quit the army and settled in the Orlando. Damon was still a preschooler at that time.
At his childhood, he suffered from fluency disorder, and that’s why he remained quiet. His childhood was also a bit disturbed as the neighborhood never believed a boy who belonged to a mixed race. He has faced lots of teasing over the years. But, he always kept a positive outlook towards his life that helped him to get over his tough.
As a child, he played regularly in South Orange Little League. In 1992, he attended Dr. Phillips High School during his senior year. His talent of playing baseball came in front of all during his childhood, and he made no mistake to polish his gift. During his time at senior school, he was declared as the best high school view in the country by Baseball America, and he was also the Florida Gatorade Player of the Year.
His career as a basketball player was started from 1992 when he was chosen by the Kansas City Royals. Still, there was time to make his first debut which happened on August 12, 19995. This was his Major League Debut after playing in the Minor League for Wichita Wranglers. He continued playing for Royals from the year 1995 to the year 2000. His best season was obviously 2000 when he controlled the American League with 136 runs, 46 stolen bases. In 2001, he joined the Oakland Athletics.
After spending almost a year with this team, he signed Boston Red Sox for $31 million on 21st December 2001. This was a four-year contract. This was the high time of his career as a baseball player. In 2003, he made a record by securing the second place as a baseball player in the MLB history from the year 1900 who has recorded three base hits in one inning. He did it in a match against Florida Marlins. He played for Red Sox until 2005. Through these years he proved himself every time to be a strong player. During a game of 2003 of American League Division Series, he collided with head with his teammate Damian Jackson and concussed badly. But, that couldn’t stop him to achieve new goals.
In 2004, he established himself only the second in the leagues with 123 runs and also started to make his place stronger as the lead-off hitters and center fielders in the game. 2005 brought changes in Damon’s career when he signed a four-year contract with the New York Yankees for $52million dollars. Being a Yankee, he had to follow their strict dress code and also he had to remove his long hair and beard. Joining this team also meant a makeover for Johnny Damon.
Throughout his entire career, he has achieved a lot and became a legend player of the baseball world. In 2000, he became the KC Royals Player of the Year while he also became the winner of All-Star Final Vote. In 2009, he got TYIB Award for the best postseason moment.
Such a huge hit player was engaged to his high school sweetheart, Angela Vannice. He was only 19 years old then. They became parents of twins, Jackson and Madelyn. But, they couldn’t walk together for long and got divorced in 2002.
Again in 2004, Damon married Michelle Mangan, and in 2007, they welcome their first daughter, Devon Rose. Later, in 2008, they got their second daughter, Danica Rayne and in 2012, they became parents of twin girls, Dasha and Daliah. Their fifth daughter, Dreanna Michelle was born on 2015, and they are expecting the sixth child.
While he was a part of Yankees, they lived in Cresskill, New Jersey. Presently, Damon and his family live in Windermere, Florida. Not only a successful baseball player, but Damon is also known for his charity. He is an active part of the Wounded Warrior Project that works to make people aware of the needs of wounded servicemen and women.
With such a successful career and life, he has also been cheated in his life. He was among the victims of the fraud of $8 billion, committed by the wealth manager Allen Stanford.
Full Name: Johnny David Damon
Date of Birth: 5th November 1973
Birth Place: Ft. Riley, Kansas
Age: 44 years
Profession: Professional baseball player
Weight: 79 kg
Net Worth: $60 million