HARRISON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Harrison’s Mariano Rivera!
Mariano Rivera, who owns a house in Harrison, turns 46 on Sunday.
Rivera, who played 19 seasons for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013, was born Nov. 29, 1969, in Panama City, Panama. He was Nicknamed "Mo" and "Sandman." Rivera spent most of his career as a relief pitcher and was the Yankees' closer for 17 seasons. A thirteen-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is Major League Baseball's career leader in saves (652) and games finished (952). Rivera won five American League Rolaids Relief Man Awards and three Delivery Man of the Year Awards, and he finished in the top three in voting for the American League Cy Young Award four times.
Rivera was named the 1999 World Series Most Valuable Player and the 2003 American League Championship Series MVP, and he holds several postseason records, including lowest earned run average (0.70) and most saves (42).
In 2013, the Yankees retired his uniform number 42; he was the last major league player to wear the number full-time, following its leaguewide retirement in honor of Jackie Robinson, who was the first African-American to play in Major League Baseball. Rivera has been involved in philanthropic causes and the Christian community through his Mariano Rivera Foundation.