March 5, 1993 (30)
Kyle Schwarber is an American professional baseball player, best known for his time with the Chicago Cubs, where he became a vital cog in their 2016 World Series championship run.
Schwarber gained nationwide attention in the 2015 season when he showcased his power-hitting skills, slugging 16 home runs in just 69 games. His memorable performance during the 2016 World Series, after recovering from a severe knee injury, captivated fans and analysts alike. In the series, he had a batting average of .412, helping the Cubs win their first championship in 108 years. Not just limited to the Cubs, Schwarber also made a significant impact with the Washington Nationals and the Boston Red Sox, where his slugging continued to be a key asset.
Over the years, Schwarber has collaborated with notable sports figures including Theo Epstein, Joe Maddon, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, David Ross, Mookie Betts, Juan Soto, and Max Scherzer. Under Joe Maddon’s management and alongside teammates like Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, Schwarber became a standout player for the Cubs. His collaborations have not just been limited to teammates; he has also been involved in various charitable works with influential people outside of baseball.
His professional journey has been punctuated by various recognitions. He was named the World Series champion in 2016 with the Chicago Cubs and won the Heart & Hustle Award in 2019. He also received the Player of the Week several times and was a Home Run Derby finalist in 2018. In particular, his comeback in the 2016 World Series after a debilitating knee injury exemplifies his resilience and determination, making it one of the most inspirational sports comebacks in recent years.