- MARK TEIXEIRA
Teixeira is a great humanitarian and an even better baseball player. He created one scholarship himself and also gives one out in partnership with his wife.
He began his career playing college baseball at Georgia Tech. Over his career, Teixeira suited up for the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, and, most memorably, the New York Yankees, but the first baseman was originally drafted by the Rangers 5th overall in 2001. He is viewed as one of the most prolific switch hitters in MLB history and contributed greatly to the Yankees’ 27th World Series championship in 2009. Over his time playing MLB baseball, he was a three-time All-Star, won five Gold Glove Awards, and three Silver Slugger Awards. Teixeira also holds the all-time MLB record for most games with a home run from both sides of the plate with 14. At the end of 2016, Teixeira announced his retirement as a result of wear-and-tear from various injuries throughout his career.
Teixeira set up a scholarship at his high school in honour of a friend that passed away in a car accident. Him and his wife also established the Mark Teixeira Charitable Fund. Since his retirement, the Maryland native has joined ESPN as an analyst.
- MARIANO RIVERA
The man affectionately known as “Mo” is undoubtedly the best closer to ever play Major League Baseball and is a lock to be inducted into the Hall of Fame once he is eligible in 2019.
After growing up very under-privileged in a small suburb of Panama City, Panama, Rivera didn’t even play serious organized baseball until he was in his late-teens. He began as a shortstop, but transitioned to pitching at age 19 when his club’s regular pitcher was under-performing. His immediate success led to the New York Yankees scouts inviting him to a tryout and signing him to an international amateur contract in 1990. After five years of seasoning, learning English, and posting incredible numbers, Rivera made his debut with the Pinstripes in 1995. After an up-and-down rookie season as a starter, the club decided to move him to the bullpen, and by 1997, he was the team’s full-time closer. After 17 more lights-out, record-setting seasons, Rivera hung up his cleats in 2013. He finished his career with five World Series rings and THIRTEEN All-Star nods. The clutch righty has a career ERA of 2.21 to go along with his 652 saves, both MLB career records.
“Mo” has had a diverse life since his retirement. He has been bestowed with many awards, including two for his humanitarian efforts in his native Panama, and has been honoured by the Yankees in a number of ceremonies, having his #42 jersey retired in 2014. The future Hall of Famer has invested in and endorsed a wide variety of businesses, including restaurants and a car dealership. The busy man has also been assisting his eldest son, Mariano III, hone his craft as a pitcher. He has been drafted by both the Yankees and the Washington Nationals and currently plays in their minor league system.