Clayton Kershaw, who was born on March 19, 1988, is arguably the best starting pitcher in baseball. He already has two Cy Young Awards, and will likely receive more in the future.
Here are 10 fun facts about the talented pitcher:
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He was the seventh overall player selected in the 2006 MLB Draft. The Los Angeles Dodgers selected him with the hope that he would be a player that they could build around. Due to hard work and potential, he was only in the minor leagues for one season.
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When he started pitching for the Dodgers, he was the youngest player in the MLB. He was 20-years-old at the time. He was the youngest professional baseball player for an entire year.
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Another fun fact is that he won both the pitching Triple Crown and the National League Cy Young Award in 2011. By doing so, he was the youngest to accomplish either feat since Dwight Gooden, in 1985.
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Kershaw has been compared to legendary starting pitcher Sandy Koufax. This is because Kershaw was also a left-handed pitcher who was able to strike batters out with ease. He also played for the Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966.
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Another fun fact about Kershaw is that he and his wife wrote a book, called Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself, in an effort to raise money to establish an orphanage in Zambia.
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For his humanitarian work, Kershaw has received some awards. More specifically, he has received the Roberto Clemente Award and the Branch Rickey Award.
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One fact that many people do not know is that he is related to Clyde Tombaugh, who was his great-uncle. Tombaugh, who lived from 1906 to 1997, was an American astronomer who discovered Pluto.
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Kershaw is a Methodist who has shown great devotion to his religion throughout the years.
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He attended school with some famous athletes, including professional quarterback Matthew Stafford and professional baseball pitcher Jordan Walden.
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The last fun fact is that he wears number 22 out of respect for former Texas Rangers first baseman Will Clark, who played in the big leagues from 1986 to 2000.
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