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Darryl Strawberry turns the big 5-0 today

Here at The Wall, we know talent.

When he first broke into The Show in 1983, there was something special about Darryl Strawberry. That year, he came away with National League Rookie of the Year Award. In 122 games, Strawberry hit 26 homers and drove in 74 runs. In his prime, Strawberry was one of the most feared hitters in the NL, his swing often being compared to a guy by the name of Ted Williams. He played a big role in the Mets’ 1986 World Series championship year and went on to win three more rings with the Yankees in 1996, '98 and '99.

He finished his 17-year career with 335 homers, a .259 batting average and 1,000 RBIs.

Issues off the field plagued his career, including battling colon cancer, which was diagnosed in 1998. Today, we celebrate Strawberry's contributions to the game of baseball and wish him a very happy birthday.