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Darryl Strawberry SpeakerThis past Tuesday Darryl Strawberry was the keynote speaker at the South Coastal FCA’s Annual Heart and Soul Banquet. The event was held at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island on February 23rd and is the FCA’s premier fundraising event that highlights the FCA’s achievement and impact on school campuses and with student-athletes and coaches.

The Los Angeles, California native Darryl Strawberry started playing baseball for the Crenshaw High School Cougars. Following his high school career, Strawberry was drafted number one overall by the New York Mets in the 1980 MLB Draft. In a quick three years, Strawberry rose through the Mets minor league system and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award by hitting 26 home runs, 74 RBIs, while hitting for a .257 average. The following year Strawberry hit another 26 home runs but this time with 97 RBIs and made his first of eight consecutive All-Star appearance. In 1987, Strawberry smacked 39 home runs and stole 36 bases to join the 30-30 club, which at the time made him only the tenth player to do so. In 1988, Strawberry had another strong year finishing second in the MVP voting with 39 home runs and 101 RBIs. By the end of the 1991 season, Strawberry had a total of 280 home runs at the age of only 29 drawing comparisons to the home run king Hank Aaron. After a series of teams, Strawberry joined the New York Yankees in 1996 and helped them, along with former Met teammates David Cone and Dwight Gooden, win the World Series. In 1998, Strawberry was diagnosed with colon cancer but still helped the Yankees win another World Series with 24 home runs while playing over 100 games for the first time since 1991. In 1998, Strawberry played only in limited games coming back from colon cancer but still helped the Yankees in the playoffs by hitting a three run home run to help win the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers. In his 17 year MLB career, Strawberry hit 335 home runs, had an even 1,000 RBIs, and hit with a .259 average.

This past Tuesday Darryl Strawberry was the keynote speaker for the South Coastal FCA’s Annual Heart and Soul Banquet. The banquet as always had an amazing turnout and raised money for area high schools. The attendance of one of the most well-known baseball players from the 1980s and 1990s had a very beneficial effect as well.

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