|Full Name||David Christopher Justice|
|Profession (s)||Professional baseball outfielder and Designated hitter|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 190 cm|
|in meters: 1.9 m|
|in feet inches: 6 ft. 2 in|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 97.5 kg|
|in pounds: 215 lbs.|
|Date Of Birth||Apr 14, 1966|
|Day of Birth||Thursday|
|Place Of Birth||Cincinnati, Ohio, USA|
|Wives||Halle Berry (Divorced on June 24, 1997)|
|Rebecca Villalobos (February 8, 2001 – present)|
|Education (Graduation)||Covington Latin School|
|Education (High School)||St. Joseph and St. Clement|
|Education(College)||Thomas More College|
|Alma Mater||Thomas More College|
|First Game||05-24-1989 (Age 23)|
|Draft||1985: 4th Round (94th)|
|MLB debut||May 24, 1989, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Last MLB appearance||September 29, 2002, for the Oakland Athletics|
|MLB statistics||Batting average: 0.279
Home runs: 305
Runs batted in: 1,017
|Awards and Honours||1990: Player of the Month Award
1990: Rookie of the Year Award (BBWAA)
1990: Sporting News Rookie Player of the Year Award
1991: Player of the Month Award
1991: Player of the Month Award
1993: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
1997: Players Choice Comeback Player of the Year Award
1997: Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award
1997: The Silver Slugger Award (American League)
2000: A.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Award
Braves Hall of Fame
|Primary Contact||David Justice
18570 Old Coach Way
Poway, CA 92064
|Talent Agent||Eric Goldschmidt|
Social Networks, Web links
|Facebook Profile||Facebook Profile|
|Twitter Profile||Twitter Profile|
|Official Website||Official Website|
|Salary (Till now)||Base salary with the Atlanta Braves for the year 1990||$102,500|
|Base salary with the Atlanta Braves for the year 1991||$296,000|
|Base salary with the Atlanta Braves for the year 1992||$555,000|
|Base salary with the Atlanta Braves for the year 1993||$1,880,000|
|Base salary with the Atlanta Braves for the year 1994||$3,200,000|
|Base salary with the Atlanta Braves for the year 1995||$5,200,000|
|Base salary with the Atlanta Braves for the year 1996||$6,200,000|
|Base salary with the Cleveland Indians for the year 1997||$6,300,000|
|Base salary with the Cleveland Indians for the year 1998||$6,500,000|
|Base salary with the Cleveland Indians for the year 1999||$7,000,000|
|Base salary with the Cleveland Indians for the year 2000||$7,000,000|
|Base salary with the New York Yankees for the year 2001||$7,800,000|
|Base salary with the New York Yankees for the year 2002||$7,000,000|
|Total worth||$40 Million|
|David Justice Quotes||I mulled over what he had told me as I savored the Scotch. Not bad, really – like a beer that’s been in a brawl.|
Lesser Known Facts about David Justice
- David Justice was born in the small city of Cincinnati, located on the Ohio River into a small neutral family.
- David Justice’s parents (father – Robert Justice and mother – Nettie Justice) were firm Catholics and sent their son to only Catholic schools such as the St. Joseph Catholic School and the St. Clement School.
- David Justice had such an amazing academic record in his initial schooling years that he was allowed to skip seventh and eighth grades and was directly promoted to the ninth grade after he completed his sixth grade with great academic distinctions.
- During his high school, David Justice became a basketball sensation with his all-rounder skills. So, during his initial sports career, it was basketball, and not baseball (which later he became a part of) which brought him fame and glory.
- David Justice even played in his High school baseball team and became the highest scorer of the school team ever created a record. At an average, he had a score of 26.5 points in each game during his senior year in the High school. This is the best record anybody had till in the school team till that time.
- David Justice became so good in his basketball game that after graduating from the Covington Latin School located in Covington. Kentucky, only at the minor age of 16, he was offered a sports scholarship in basketball to undertake his college studies from the Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky with Criminal Justice as his major subjects and Psychology as his Minor subjects.
- David Justice also served as a member of Omega Psi Phi international fraternity during his college years and became a part of the community to bring forth the cardinal principles of this fraternity viz., manhood, uplifting, scholarship and perseverance.
- David Justice made his debut in the Major League Baseball in May 1989 where he played under the contract of the Atlanta Braves at the age of 23. He got this chance with the grace of God when the legendary player of Atlanta Braves, Dale Murphy, shifted his base to the Philadelphia Phillies.
- David Justice won the “Rookie of the Year” Award in the National League in the year 1990 and became a young star just at the beginning of his career after he scored 28 points for his team in one of the game matches of the League (and that too in just the second year of his baseball gaming career).
- In June 1991, David Justice got a severe back injury in spite of which he scored 87 RBIs (runs batted in) and made his team, Atlanta Braves one of the top most teams in the division they were playing in the National League.
- In spite of his back injury, David Justice kept playing throughout the 1992 and 1993 sessions with a decent score record. He was still at the overall third position, only after Barry Bonds (at the first position) and Lenny Dykstra (at the second position), after scoring 40 home runs, 120 RBIs and 78 walks.
- David Justice was having a great time of his career when the 1993-1994 Major League Baseball strike happened. But after the strike ended, he again led his team, Atlantic Braves, to a great position against the Cleveland Indians.
- David Justice once landed himself in great controversy and criticism when he criticized the fans of Atlantic Braves for supporting their team so much in an interview. However, all the rage from the fans ended when he again helped his team land a great victory in the championship series.
- In May 1996, David Justice displaced his shoulder while playing a swing shot in one of the games, after which his scores declined and ultimately he was forced to leave the team. After his exit from the Atlantic Braves, he was signed up by the Cleveland Indians for the 1997 season.
- After serving decent, but not exceptionally during his tenure in the Cleveland Indians, he was traded off to The New York Yankees in the year 2000. For his new team, he leads to a victory in the 2000 AL Championship Series, however, shortly after that he suffered a groin injury and his performance began to decline.
- Following a series of under-performances, David Justice was forced to leave the New York Yankees and was later signed up by the Oakland Athletics in Dec 2001. He started slow but gradually went on to improve and became the “American League Player of the Week” in the 2002 season.
- David Justice’s last stint in the Oakland Athletics team was often touted by some as an experiment to see whether the baseball hitters are able to retain their potential even after they get old.
- In 2002, David Justice finally announced his retirement with a record written in golden words in the history of baseball. He played six times in the World Series and won it twice with a great record-breaking batting average, OBP (on-base percentage), slugging percentage, home runs, RBIs and walks.
- David Justice is probably one of the very few baseball stars who were able to make a spot in the top ten lists of so many categories such as hits, home runs, games played and at-bats.
- In 1994, David Justice was ranked amongst the fifty most beautiful people by People’s Magazine.
- In 2007, David Justice became the first person in the history of baseball in Atlantic Braves’ consecutive fourteen years’ teams from 1991-2005 to be inducted into the Great Hall of Fame of the Atlantic Braves. David Justice’s induction into the great Hall of Fame of the Atlantic Braves was a grand event and was attended by great legends of the Atlantic Braves legacy such as Hank Aaron and Ted Turner.
- David Justice appeared in an episode of “The Young and the Restless”, an American TV show, in 1992.
- David Justice was a part of a best-selling book (named Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” and later a film adaptation (named Moneyball), although impersonated by someone else, which was based on a focussed analysis conducted on the methods adopted by the Oakland Athletics to bring together a strong and competitive team in spite of having very less budget.
- The Mitchell Report 2008 greatly affected the eligibility of David Justice for his induction into the great Hall of Fame of the Major League Baseball. He could have easily been inducted had this nomination and voting held before the release of the report.
- Although alleged for the use of performance-enhancing agents or steroids (human growth hormone specifically in case of David Justice) during his gaming career, David Justice completely denied the charges and even gave some controversial statements saying he was never made aware of the bad sides of using such medications or agents and said that he was completely unaware of their usage status in the society. He even said he could name some of his fellow players who use these agents commonly even without his direct knowledge of them using these. These statements landed him in great trouble and brought in negative comments against him in the media and baseball society.
- David Justice greatly condemned the Mitchell Report publicly and also urged his fellow baseball players who were charged under this report to openly deny the charges if they feel that the allegations made against them were completely false. David Justice himself also kept denying the charges of using human growth hormone for enhancing his performance, instead, he claimed to have used to recover from his shoulder injury and that too unwillingly.
- Some of the biggest awards of David Justice’s baseball career included him receiving All-Star awards three times, World Series championship three times and Silver Slugger Award two times.
- Long after retiring from his gaming career, David Justice attempted a stint in the broadcasting services and assisted a leading sports channel, ESPN, as a commentator for two years during their baseball matches’ streaming.
- David Justice also served as a sports and studio analyst for the YES network, the official channel of the New York Yankees (for which he also played during his baseball playing career).
- David Justice also acted as the host for the youth-oriented program conducted by the YES network till the year 2007 before his exit from the network following a series of miserable incidents in his personal and professional life such as demise of his mother, destruction of his home located in the San Diego County during the 2007 California wildfires and his alleged inclusion in the illegal usage of performance-enhancing agents and other steroidal agents scandal, as reported by the Mitchell Report.
- David Justice was married to renowned movie actress Halle Berry for four years (1992-1996), before separating on acrimonious terms and finally getting divorced in 1997. Their marriage ended on such a bitter note that Halle Berry even sought restraining orders from the court against David.
- In 2001, David Justice married Rebecca Villalobos, his present wife, with whom he started a small family where he stays with her with two of their children and one son from his former girlfriend, Nicole Foster.