HARRISON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Harrison's Mariano Rivera.
Mariano Rivera, a resident of Harrison, turns 48 Wednesday. He was born Nov. 29, 1969, in Panama City, Panama.
Rivera, nicknamed "Mo," is a former professional baseball pitcher who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees from 1995 to 2013.
Rivera spent most of his career as a relief pitcher and served as the Yankees' closer for 17 seasons. A 13-time All-Star and five-time World Series champion, he is MLB'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 AL Cy Young Award four times.
Rivera was signed by the Yankees organization in Panama in 1990, and he debuted in the Major Leagues in 1995. Initially a starting pitcher, he was converted to a relief pitcher late in his rookie year.
After a breakthrough season in 1996 as a setup man, he became the Yankees' closer in 1997. In the following seasons, he established himself as one of baseball's top relievers, leading the major leagues in saves in 1999, 2001 and 2004.
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