Jake Peavy was born May 31, 1981 in Mobile, Alabama. His major league debut was on June 22, 2002, at the age of 21, as a member of the San Diego Padres.
Jake played for San Diego from 2002 until the first half of 2009. During his time in San Diego, he was named to the National League All-Star Team in 2005 and 2007, and was Captain of Team USA in the 2006 World Baseball classic. Peavy also received the National League CY Young Award during his 2007 season, after winning the pitching Triple Crown that year. During the second half of 2009, Jake agreed to a trade with the Chicago White Sox.
In July 2010, he suffered a rare and possibly career-ending injury when he tore his latissimus dorsi muscle and tendon completely from the bone while pitching against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. A groundbreaking surgery repaired the injury, and in March 2011, he pitched his first game in eight months, racking up two scoreless innings and a fastball clocked at 92 miles per hour. In 2012, he was named pitcher of the month (April) for the fifth time in his career, to the American League All-Star Team and received his first Gold Glove.
He was acquired by the Red Sox on July 30, 2013 in a three-team, seven-player deal. Jake is a family man and he and his wife Katie are the parents of three boys, Jacob (12), Wyatt (9) and Judson (5). He is a talented musician and hosted a benefit show in Chicago this summer. Jake is also very active on social media and can be found on twitter and facebook.
Weight: 195 pounds
Team: Boston Red Sox
Position: Starting Pitcher
MLB Accomplishments: • All-Star Team (2005, 2007, 2012) • 2007 NL Cy Young Award • Led NL in ERA (2004, 2007) • Led NL in Strikeouts (2007) Pitching Triple Crown (2007) • Gold Glove (2012)
By Mark Inabinett MOBILE, Alabama - Hey, Jake Peavy, you’ve just won the World Series. What are you going to do next? Had the camera filming the long-running ad campaign been trained on the Boston Red Sox pitcher, he wouldn’t have answered, “I’m going to Disney World,” but instead said, “I’m hosting the Jake Peavy Charity Golf Classic […]
From MassLive.com: Boston Red Sox’s Jon Lester, top center, and Jake Peavy, right, wave from a duck boat on the Charles River during a rolling victory parade celebrating the baseball team’s World Series title, Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Print By Evan Drellich, MassLive.com Follow on Twitter on November 02, 2013 at […]
From SportingNews.com: The Boston Red Sox celebrated their World Series championship with fans on Saturday morning during the team’s parade in downtown Boston. The parade began inside Fenway Park and finished on the Charles River, and instead of riding double decker buses or floats, the team used amphibious duck boats. According to the team’s official […]
From NESN.com: by Ricky Doyle on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 7:52PM The ninth inning is when it all came pouring out. Jake Peavy, a veteran of 12 years, couldn’t contain himself as Koji Uehara headed to the mound to close out Game 6 of the World Series. The 32-year-old knew that he was on […]
by: Rob Bradford on Fri, 10/25/2013 – 11:58am Jake Peavy has pitched in some notable spots. You throw 31,827 major league pitches, finding yourself in at least a few big-stage moments is almost inevitable. But Peavy has never been faced with what awaits him in St. Louis on Saturday. The 32-year-old has been called upon to […]
Jake’s foundation is a 501 (c)(3) that supports groundbreaking research, essential programs and activities to enrich lives and lift spirits of people facing life’s biggest challenges. The foundation recently raised funds tosupport cancer research through the Jake Peavy & Friends Charity Jam on June 23, 2013, in memory of Jake’s grandmother who passed away from cancer on January 14, 2013 and Darrel Akerfelds, Peavy’s close friend and former Padres bullpen coach passed away from pancreatic cancer on June 24, 2012.
Jake has been actively involved in a variety of charitable causes throughout his career with the San Diego Padres and the Chicago White Sox. He supports the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Autism Speaks, and Team Focus, but the majority of his community outreach efforts support active military, veterans and military families. He is a leader in Strikeouts For Troops, which provides the ‘comforts of home’ and lifts the spirits and morale of injured troops during treatment at military hospitals nationwide. Under his leadership, wounded heroes have attended a game every month during the season to meet players and enjoy an evening of baseball. He takes part in MLBPA’s national youth volunteer program, the Action Team, in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama that brings together MLB player and high school students to support service learning and community service programs, providing participating schools with free resources to guide and inspire a new generation of volunteers. He has toured third world countries to offer care and provide food, water and clothing. He received the Roberto Clemente Award from his team in both San Diego and in Chicago in 2012. In recognition of his 300th game start, he donated $300 for every strikeout in the Red Sox vs Dodger game to the Jimmy Fund for cancer research in Boston.
“I’ve been a music fan I guess all my life and growing up in Alabama, and obviously I was raised on a lot of old school country in the Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggards of the world. But being as diversified as I am and being as all over the country as I have been over the last 12 years of my life — I’ve grown to appreciate and love all music and just a huge music fan in general.”
“The coolest thing about being an athlete is most of the times the musicians want to come in and come to the clubhouse and we want to go to their concerts, so works out to where we get to do all that and have a lot of interaction to get to know guys that appreciate and love the same stuff that you do in life. And for them to do something that many times you wish you could do — it means the world to me to be embraced by the that community.”