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Chad Curtis
Born: November 6, 1968 (1968-11-06) (age 41)
Marion, Indiana
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 8, 1992 for the California Angels
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 2001 for the Texas Rangers
Career statistics
Batting average     .264
Home runs     101
Runs batted in     461
Stolen bases     212
Career highlights and awards

Chad David Curtis (born November 6, 1968 in Marion, Indiana) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball who played from 1992-2001, notably for the New York Yankees. He also played for the Anaheim Angels (his original team), Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers.

Over his career he compiled a .264 batting average and 101 home runs.


1999 World Series

He is best known for hitting a walk-off home run in Game 3 of the 1999 World Series against the Atlanta Braves; it was his second of the night. In an on-field interview immediately after the home run, he refused to talk to NBC sportscaster Jim Gray in response to Gray's controversial interview with Pete Rose. After the MasterCard All-Century Team ceremony before Game 2, Gray had aggressively asked Pete Rose about gambling on baseball.

Rift with Derek Jeter

During the 1999 season, Curtis, an outspoken Christian, approached Derek Jeter about discussing his faith, but Jeter declined. When Curtis approached Jeter again, Jeter became offended.[1] Later in the season, a mid-game bench clearing brawl with the Seattle Mariners occurred. After the brawl ended, Jeter was seen engaged in friendly chatter with his good friend (and future Yankee teammate) Alex Rodriguez, who then played for the Mariners. Upon returning to the dugout, Curtis chastized Jeter for being friendly with an opponent during a bench-clearing brawl, which violated an unwritten rule of baseball. After the game, Curtis approached Jeter in the clubhouse, with beat writers present. Jeter commented that this was not an appropriate time for a confrontation. Curtis later apologized.[1]


Chad was formerly[2] an employee as the Athletic Director and the weight training instructor at NorthPointe Christian High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also helped coach the Mustangs to a playoff berth in only their 2nd year of football. Besides sports, he enjoys horses and owns his own ranch.

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