2010 proved to be a great year for Josh Hamilton as he was named the American League MVP and he led the Texas Rangers to the World Series. Hamilton spent one year with the Cincinnati Reds before being traded to the Rangers on December 21, 2007.
After his parents died, Josh joined a group of guys that spent most of their time around a tattoo parlor, and soon, Josh was covered in tattoos. He then began taking drugs and drinking alcohol for the first time in his life.
In February of 2001, Josh was in a car accident with his parents after a truck ran a red light and rammed into their car.
When Josh played baseball in the Minor Leagues, both his parents quit their jobs so they could travel with Josh to all of his games.
Josh was featured on the cover of Baseball America by his senior year in high school.
Josh Hamilton was rewarded with North Carolina's Baseball Player of the Year in both his junior and senior years at Athens Drive High School, during 1998-1999.
Before a baseball game in high school, Josh would go throw a ritual that other people took notice to and enjoyed. He would change into his uniform in his 1989 Camaro the two songs "Double Trouble" by Lynard Skynard and "Brand New Key" by Melanie.
Because of his great slugging ability, baseball teammates nicknamed Josh Hamilton, "The Hammer".
As a pitcher in high school, Josh could throw a fastball 96 miles per hour.
In high school track and field at Athens Drive High School, Josh ran the 60-yard dash in 6.7 seconds.
In high school, Josh pitched and played center field for his baseball team.
Josh has extremely large feet. Before he even made it to professional baseball, his feet had grown so large that he needed custom-made cleats.
In high school, Josh Hamilton was often compared to major league baseball player, Paul O'Neill, not just for his power, but for his big size and muscles. Before leaving high school, Josh was 6' 4" and weighed 200 pounds.
While practicing to become a better baseball player, Josh would work out with a medicine ball to strengthen his hands and wrists.
Josh's father, Tony, would practice pitching the ball to Josh as a kid. His mother, Linda, would retrieve the balls he hit.
Josh attended Athens Drive High School in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Before becoming a major league baseball player, Josh also played other sports, such as football, track and field, and soccer.
During grade school, Josh wrote detailed plans for becoming a major league baseball player on a scrap sheet of paper. And beyond the 2009 MLB season, his parents still have the paper.
Because Josh and his family went to so many sporting events, most of the meals the family ate together were from the concession stands.
Both of Josh's parents were great athletes. Tony, Josh's father, was both a star in baseball and football in high school. Josh's mother, Linda, was one of the best softball players on her high school team, as well.
Josh is the second of two children born to his parents, Tony and Linda. He has an older brother named Jason.