|Full Name||Orel Leonard Hershiser|
|Profession (s)||Baseball Player, Author|
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: 87 kg|
|in pounds: 190 lbs.|
|Date Of Birth||September 16, 1958|
|Day of Birth||Tuesday|
|Place Of Birth||Buffalo, New York, United States|
|Father||Orel Leonard Hershiser III|
|Children||Jordan, Orel Leonard V|
|Wives||Jamie Byars (7 February 1981 – 2005) ( divorced) ( 2 children)|
|Dana Deaver (24 December 2010 – present)|
|Education (Graduation)||Bowling Green State University|
|Education (High School)||Cherry Hill East High School (Cherry Hill, NJ)|
|Education(College)||Bowling Green State University|
|Alma Mater||Bowling Green State University|
|First Game||09-01-1983 (Age 24)|
|Draft||1979: 17th Round (440th)|
|Sports Career||Los Angeles Dodgers (1983–1994)
Cleveland Indians (1995–1997)
San Francisco Giants (1998)
New York Mets (1999)
Los Angeles Dodgers (2000)
|MLB debut||September 1, 1983, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Last MLB appearance||June 26, 2000, for the Los Angeles Dodgers|
|MLB statistics||Win-loss record: 204–150
Earned run average: 3.48
|Awards and Honours||1984: Pitcher of the Month Award (July)
1987: Pitcher of the Month Award (June)
1988: Associated Press Athlete of the Year Award
1988: Cy Young Award
1988: Gold Glove Award, Pitchers
1988: N.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Award
1988: Pitcher of the Month Award (April)
1988: Pitcher of the Month Award (September)
1988: Sporting News Major League Player of the Year Award
1988: Sporting News Pitcher of the Year Award
1988: Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award
1988: The Babe Ruth Award (The World Series Most Valuable Player)
1988: World Series Most Valuable Player Award
1993: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
1995: A.L.C.S. Most Valuable Player Award
1996: Pitcher of the Month Award (June)
1997: Cleveland Indians Good Guy Award
1998: Pitcher of the Month Award (May)
|Primary Contact||Orel Hershiser
2167 Orchard Mist Street
Las Vegas, NV 89135-1563
Social Networks, Web links
|Salary (Till now)||Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1985 )||$212,000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1986 )||$1,000,000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1987 )||$800,000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1988 )||$1,100,000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1989 )||$2,766,667|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1990 )||$1,966,667|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1991 )||$3,166,667|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1992 )||$4,333,333|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1993 )||$4,333,333|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 1994 )||$3,333,334|
|Cleveland Indians ( 1995 )||$1,500,000|
|Cleveland Indians ( 1996 )||$1,750,000|
|Cleveland Indians ( 1997 )||$3,100,000|
|San Francisco Giants ( 1998 )||$3,720,000|
|New York Mets ( 1999 )||$2,500,000|
|Los Angeles Dodgers ( 2000 )||$2,000,000|
|Total worth||$20 million|
|Orel Hershiser Quotes||
Lesser known facts about Orel Hershiser
- Orel Hershiser’s full name is Orel Leonard Hershiser IV and was named after the names of his father, Orel Leonard III, and mother, Mildred Hershiser.
- Orel Hershiser’s father was a baseball coach and league administrator while his mother owned and managed a snacks bar.
- Orel Hershiser was born in Buffalo, New York where he lived for the initial six years of his life before he moved to Detroit in Michigan.
- In fact, Orel Hershiser’s family moved around and shifted their base a lot. After Michigan, when Orel Hershiser was twelve years old, they shifted to Toronto, Canada and after a few years again they moved to New Jersey.
- Since childhood, Orel Hershiser was very eager to play sports and used to play some at the school level, inter-school competitions and state level too.
- At the age of eight, Orel Hershiser won the third position in a hit, run and throw competition held at the national level (United States).
- Orel Hershiser also used to play baseball for the Little League Baseball in Detroit
- At the age of twelve, Orel Hershiser’s family shifted to Toronto, Canada, Orel Hershiser used to play ice hockey for Don Mills Flyers. He also played the Greater Toronto Hockey League for the same team.
- After moving to New Jersey, Orel Hershiser attended the Cherry Hill School East located at the Cherry Hill where he spent all his years playing for the eligible teams viz., freshman team and junior varsity team during his first and second years respectively, before finally making it to the varsity team in his junior year.
- During his high school playing years, Orel Hershiser became a baseball star when he set a strikeout record by making fifteen batsmen retire while playing a match for his high school team against Deptford. This record of his stood unbroken for straight 21 years!
- Orel Hershiser also held a school record for being the lead player in terms of strikeout rates, earned run averages and winning percentages. Owing to all these brilliant sports records till his senior year, he became an all-conference selection.
- Due to his inclination towards sports, Orel Hershiser couldn’t perform well academically during his school years as a result of which he only got eligible for a partial scholarship to continue his further studies at the Bowling Green State University.
- Disappointed from not getting a full scholarship in any University, Orel Hershiser decided to drop out of the school after his parents’ convincing and persuasion enrolled into a summer school to make his grades better at studies.
- During his summer school, Orel Hershiser gained almost fifteen pounds, which helped him add more speed to his fastball by almost five miles per hour and further improved his game and he proved to be very beneficial for his junior team where he made them won made it to the All-Mid-American Conference.
- Orel Hershiser was also a member of the social college fraternity for men college students – Sigma Phi Epsilon.
- With an earned run average of 2.26 during his college years, he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to play for them in the Major League Baseball draft in 1979.
- During his initial playing career in the Minor leagues, Orel Hershiser was questioned about his playing style in the scouting report and reportedly told to have poor control over his game with incorrect techniques and rattling nature.
- Orel Hershiser played a series of minor leagues such as the Midwest League, the Texas League and the Pacific Coast League for the Clinton Dodgers, the San Antonio Dodgers and the Albuquerque Dukes, respectively.
- By the end of his minor league playing career, Orel Hershiser gained an earned run average of 3.71.
- Orel Hershiser was the topmost rookie of the Dodgers for which he won the Mulvey Award in 1983 spring training.
- After playing gloriously in the Minor Baseball Leagues, Orel Hershiser made his debut in the Major League Baseball in 1983 by playing for the Dodgers then went on to play eighteen seasons of the Major League Baseball which established his legacy as one of the greatest baseball players in the history of the game.
- During his Major League Baseball playing career, Orel Hershiser played three All-Star games.
- The most successful league season for Orel Hershiser was 1988, where he was able to set a world record in the Major League Baseball history by throwing scoreless pitches against the hitters of the opposite team for over 59 consecutive innings. The hitter could not score even a single run during those 59 innings!
- That season in 1988, Orel Hershiser led his team to win the World Series due to which he was also named the National League (NL) Championship Series Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the World Series MVP for his record-setting playing in the series.
- In his Major League Baseball career, he has won numerous awards for his outstanding performances on the field. Two of the most major of these awards are the NL Cy Young Award and NL Gold Glove Award.
- Orel Hershiser played with the Dodgers for 12 seasons of Major League Baseball, after which he did short stints with the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, and New York Mets. Finally, he landed up again with the Los Angeles Dodgers for playing his final eighteenth season of the Major League Baseball.
- During his final years, Orel Hershiser signed one of the costliest contracts of that time with the Dodgers worth $7.9 million for three-years.
- The former manager of the Dodgers, Tommy Lasorda, during the time Orel Hershiser played gave him his famous nick-name which he is even famous for today – “Bulldog” owing to the ferocious and aggressive competitive spirit he had on the field while playing.
- In the last years of his careers, Orel Hershiser was struggling a lot to make his game good. His average got worse every passing event and hit and was at an earned run average of 13.14 in 2000 which was one of the worst averages of a pitcher with over 20 innings. Eventually in June that year, he was dropped from the Dodgers and he announced his retirement.
- After retiring from his playing career, Orel Hershiser served as a personnel consultant and guide to the baseball players of the Dodgers.
- Orel Hershiser also worked as a color analyst to work on the baseball broadcasts for the ABC and ESPN sports channels during 2000-2001 Little League World Series. Besides, for ESPN channel, he also served for the Wednesday Night Baseball season 2001.
- After his stint in the short broadcasting career, Orel Hershiser returned to the field with the role of a team executive and coach for the Texas Rangers for almost four years, besides being a special personal assistant to the general manager of the team, John Hart. He was contesting for a number of senior managerial positions of the team which fell away from his hands one after the other before he finally landed into the position of the Executive Director of the team but for a very short duration of time after which he resigned.
- After quitting his field career, he returned to the broadcasting job again and he re-joined the ESPN channel for serving the role of an analyst for the Little League World Series, the Sunday Night Baseball and the Baseball Tonight.
- After again quitting his broadcasting job at ESPN, Orel Hershiser moved to Summerlin, Nevada became a professional poker player. With the help of his poker instructor, whom he befriended, he regularly used to visit Red Rock’s Poker room located in Summerlin. He became so serious for poker that he went to play the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship in 2008 and even made it to its quarterfinals after defeating some famous poker players and previous years’ champions.
- Orel Hershiser’s poker career did not stop at the NBC National Heads-Up Poker Championship but he, in fact, went on to play in several other poker events such as the World Series of Poker in 2008 and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in 2009.
- Orel Hershiser stood at the ninth position in the fifth world championship of online poker where he won $54,570.
- Orel Hershiser has made several TV appearances apart from his sports ones such as in Christian children’s video series “The Adventures of McGee and Me” as a guest star in a 1992 episode, named “Take Me Out of the Ball Game”. He also made an appearance in the famous “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson where he also sang hymns for the audiences.
- Orel Hershiser has authored one book in 2002, named “Between the Lines: Nine Things Baseball Taught Me About Life” and co-authored another book with Jerry Jenkins, named “Out of the Blue”.
- Orel Hershiser’s son, Jordan, from his first marriage to Jamie Byars, also was interested in playing baseball and even was a part of his University team as a pitcher and first baseman. He later went on to play the Major League Baseball draft in 2012, despite his many injuries that he got in his initial playing career.