||JockBio Vital Stats
||• Houston Astros
||• Height: 6' 2 "
|• Weight: 220
||• Born: 6/4/74
- Darins Cape
Cod League MVP wasnt the only honor he received in the summer
of 1993. He was also voted Employee of the Month at the Bradlees in
- Darin was the first
college outfielder taken first overall in the draft since Rick Monday
in 1965. The last outfielder before Erstad chosen #1 was Ken Griffey
Jr. in 1987.
- Darin finished
his three-year career at Nebraska with a .356 batting average. In 176
collegiate games, he collected 46 doubles, eight triples, 41 homers,
and 182 RBIs.
- Darin reached 200-hit
plateau after just 132 games in 2000, putting him in exclusive company.
The last two players in either league to meet that mark that quickly
were Joe Medwick (131 games with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1935 ) and
Al Simmons (125 games with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1925).
- Darin reached base on five catcher's interference calls in 2001 and again in 2005. Only four other major leaguers have done that before.
- Darin earned a
Gold Glove in 2004 for his play at first base. He became the first player
in baseball history win the award in the infield and outfield.
- Darin put together a 21-game hitting streak for the Angels in 2005. It was the fifth-longest streak in team history.
- Darin collected his 1,500th hit during the 2006 season.
- Darin is not the
only famous graduate of tiny Jamestown High School. Rick Hieb, a former
space shuttle astronaut, is also a Jamestown alumnus. In addition, first
baseman Travis Hafner of the Cleveland Indians and fullback Jim Kleinsasser
of the Minnesota Vikings grew up within a 40-mile radius of Darin's
- Darin has never
forgotten the community that helped make him a big leaguer. After inking
his first contract in 1995, he donated $25,000 to Jamestown and the
Special Olympics. Three years later, when he signed a new deal with
the Angels, he gave $200,000 for the development of Little League fields
in North Dakota and Southern California.
- Darin named his
dog Hank after Hank Greenberg.
Greenberg, 1936 Goudy