Champion - Curtis Pride

Former MLB Player • Coach

From: Washington, D.C.


Early Action

Curtis was diagnosed with hearing loss as an infant. This early detection allowed Curtis and his family the opportunity to address his hearing loss and develop effective ways to communicate and adapt to his surroundings. After several years of attending the Montgomery County Public School's auditory service program in Silver Spring, MD, Curtis was mainstreamed into public school to join his hearing peers in the seventh grade.


Student Athlete

A successful baseball, soccer, and basketball player throughout his childhood and teenage years, Curtis was named a first team All-American soccer player and served as a member of the US National Team at the 1985 Junior World Cup in Beijing, China. As a student at the College of William and Mary, Curtis was the starting point guard for the basketball team.

Curtis excelled in many sports; however, his talent on the baseball field soon outshone his other strengths and he was signed by the Montreal Expos in 1993.


In the Majors

The first deaf professional baseball player since Dick Sipek in 1945, Curtis spent 13 seasons in the major leagues. With a .250 batting average, 20 home runs, and 82 runs batted in, Curtis built a reputation as a disciplined hitter and excellent fielder.

During his career, Curtis played for the Montreal Expos, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, Mayos de Navojoa, New York Yankees, and Anaheim Angels before retiring in 2006.

In 2008, Curtis became the head coach of the Gallaudet University baseball team.


Why Curtis is a HearStrong Champion

Overcoming obstacles since birth, Curtis continues to inspire those with hearing loss, especially young people, to dream big and refuse to be defined by their limitations.

In addition to his professional baseball career, Some of Curtis' accomplishments include:

  • Coach of Gallaudet University baseball team
  • Member of President Obama's Presidential Delegation that attended the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London
  • Member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 2011
  • Founder of the Together with Pride foundation, which works to create programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children that highlight the importance of education and self-confidence.
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