Justin Brooks Verlander
Born in Manakin-Sabot, Virginia
Justin Verlander was breaking records from his first years at Old Dominion University. He set the Old Dominion, and Colonial Athletic Association, record for strikeouts. After school, in 2003, he would help lead Team USA to a silver medal at the Pan American Games in 2003. Shortly after, he was selected second overall by the Detroit Tigers.
Verlander’s illustrious career for the Tigers started in 2005 when he made his major league debut. In his 12 year run with the Tigers, he would amass six all-star appearances, an AL MVP, AL Cy Young, two no-hitters, and a pitching triple crown (leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA) in 2011. The only thing to elude him? A Championship.
He wouldn’t have to wait much longer, though. In 2017 he was traded to the Astros where he would play a key role in their World Series run which saw them drop the Dodgers in seven games. Verlander is a lover of the extravagant whether it be expensive cars, like his Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, Maserati and AMG Mercedes, or his love of high-fashion brands.
- His high school nickname was “Skippy” because he skipped JV and proceeded straight to Varsity.
- His pre-game rituals involve doing everything in threes
- Favorite candy bar is a Kit Kat
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