A former Major League Baseball pro who made headlines for both his dazzling athletic career and turbulent history of drug and alcohol abuse will share his testimony of faith April 7 at an Oklahoma City metro-area church.
The Rev. Mark Crow, senior pastor of Victory Church, said former MLB star Darryl Strawberry will be special guest at three services at the church's main campus in Warr Acres and at two services at its Edmond satellite site.
Crow said Strawberry's guest appearance is part of the church's effort to reach out to the community-at-large.
“You're always trying to reach the wide variety of people that live in your city and who create your culture,” he said.
Crow said he knows Strawberry through an organization called Integrity Leadership Ministries. He said the former baseball star, now an ordained minister, has attended the organization's conferences over the past three years.
Crow said he asked Strawberry to visit the church and talk about his life experiences — “how you go from being a superstar to hitting bottom, if you will, to coming back to a place that's better than any place you've ever been.”
Strawberry made the leap from his South Central Los Angeles neighborhood to the big leagues in the 1980s. He was the No. 1 draft pick selected by the New York Mets in 1980. In 1983, he was named National League Rookie of the Year. Known for his numerous home runs, Strawberry and the Mets won the World Series in 1986, and he went on to win the World Series three more times with the New York Yankees (1996, 1998 and 1999). He was an eight-time National League All-Star and National League homerun leader in 1988.