Former Major League Baseball Player
MLB’s Ambassador for Disability Inclusion
New York City
Curtis Pride is a former MLB outfielder, who became the first deaf player in the
majors since 1945. Starting his career with the New York Mets, he signed with the Montreal Expos in 1993, and later played for the Detroit Tigers, Atlanta Braves, and the Boston Red Sox. Over the course of his eleven year career in the major leagues, he batted .250 with 20 home runs and 82 RBI in 421 major league games. Today, he is the head baseball coach at Gallaudet University.
In 2010, President Obama appointed Curtis to the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The Council is a committee of volunteer citizens who advise the President about opportunities to develop accessible, affordable and sustainable physical activity, fitness, sports and nutrition programs for all Americans. He was named MLB’s Ambassador for Inclusion in 2015.