Sports Celebrity



What can be more fitting than a Sports Celebrity for this year’s 42nd festival

whose story is one of overcoming adversity? In a region that has been plagued by substance abuse and all of the problems that families face because of addiction, this year’s celebrity brings a story of hope and encouragement for all members of our community. 


The 2021 Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival Sports Celebrity is former Major League Baseball player, Darryl Strawberry.  Though Darryl was extremely successful in his baseball career, his personal life was plagued with addiction, abuse, divorce, cancer, incarceration and other issues.  However, the two-time cancer survivor found true redemption and restoration in Jesus Christ. Today, his purpose and passion is traveling the country speaking and bringing a message of hope to others 


Described as a legend by many who have been dazzled by the dynamics of his game, the power he possessed at the plate and the story of redemption that continues to bring hope to so many lives, Darryl has earned the nicknames and phrases of one of the most feared home run hitters in the game of baseball 


Darryl's major league baseball resume is impressive, including:

• 4 World Series Titles: New York Mets '86, New York Yankess '96, '98, '99

• 8 Time National League All-Star ('84-'91)

• National League Home run Leader ('88)

• 1983 National League Rookie of the Year: Mets

• 1983 Topps All-Star Rookie of the Year

• 2 Time NL Silver Slugger Award ('88)

• National League Slugging Percentage Leader ('88)

• 20 Home Run Seasons 10x's over ('83-'91, '98)

• 30 Home Run Seasons 3x's over ('87, '88, '90)

• 100 RBI Seasons 3x's over ('87, '88, '90)

• 100 Runs Scored Seasons 2x's over ('87 & '88)

• Hall of Fame Nomination in 2004


Other highlights of Strawberry’s include:

• 2016 Appointed as Advisory Board Member of SAMSHA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration)

• 2011 Founded Strawberry Ministries

• 2010 Induction in Mets Hall of Fame

• 2010 Celebrity Apprentice

• 2009 New York Best Selling Author “Straw, Finding My Way”

• Youth Outreach Spokesperson

• 2008-2010 Met's Special Instructor & Community Outreach Spokesperson

• Darryl Strawberry is in the New York Times top 20 as one of the most favorite & famous celebrities out of the 100 most famous people in New York City.

• Two time cancer survivor