Mark Teixeira, aged 43 who hails from Annapolis, Maryland is a star switch-hitting first baseman who spent the first five years of his career with the Texas Rangers. He had brief stints with the Braves and Angels before joining the New York Yankees in 2009. He retired from professional baseball in 2016.
Who is John Teixeira?
John Teixeira happens to be the dad of former MLB star Mark Teixeira. John has Portuguese and English ancestry.He was a former Navy officer who worked in an aerospace firm. He later worked as a project manager for AT&T. John, who was also an athlete, played active baseball at Annapolis. After the demise of his partner, Margaret ‘Margy’ Canterna in 2015, John remarried Sherry McCann, the mother of his son’s former Braves and Yankees teammate Brian McCann. The pair got married in 2017.
Mark Teixeira whose birth name is Mark Charles Teixeira was born in Annapolis, Maryland on April 11, 1980, and was raised in Severna Park, Maryland. He attended Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland, and played on the Varsity baseball team.
About his baseball career, Mark was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2001, signing a 4-year $9.5 million contract. He won the Silver Slugger Award (2005) for being best best-hitting first baseman in the American League and the Golden Glove for his outstanding performance as the best-fielding first baseman. He made MLB history as the third switch-hitter ever to hit 20 (or more) home runs in each of his first three seasons.
In 2007, he suffered injuries from an awkward landing at first base in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. He turned down his contract extension with the Rangers and was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2007. Teixeira became the second player to homer in his first three games as an Atlanta Brave. He was awarded the NL Player of the Week, as well as, August’s Player of the Month for batting .793 with three home runs.
Teixeira was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2008, and led the team to a 100-win season, batting .358 with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. After the World Series, he became a free agent. Teixeira signed a contract with the New York Yankees with a bonus of $5 million and a no-trade clause.
In the early part of his professional career, he wore the number 23, in honor of his Baseball idol, Don Mattingly, but since Mattingly’s number was retired, Teixeira now wears the number 25. In 2009, he was awarded The World Series Championship Ring, The Gold Glove, and the Silver Slugger Awards, and finished second in the AL MVP balloting. He also won the Gold Glove Award in 2010 for first baseman and in the game against the Boston Red Sox, he became the second player to hit three home runs in one game. The first was Lou Gehrig. He and teammate Curtis Granderson became the first teammates to have 30 home runs in 115 games, in 2011. This hasn’t been done since Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle in 1961.