Jim Eisenreich

Jim Eisenreich

Jim Eisenreich, a former Major League Baseball player for the Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals, Philadelphia Phillies, Florida Marlins and LA Dodgers, battled Tourette Syndrome since the young age of seven.  It was around the same time that he found his passion for baseball.  Born and raised in St. Cloud Minnesota, his classmates would ridicule him for his uncontrollable tics. (1)

In 1982 Jim Eisenreich was drafted to the Minnesota Twins.  Unfortunately his Tourette’s worsened with age.  As a result Eisenreich was taunted by fans and removed himself from games due to violent shaking and the inability to breathe.(1)  In 1984-1987 Eisenreich retired voluntarily to undergo treatment for the disease.  He returned to professional baseball in 1987 signing with the Kansas City Royals going on to win the Tony Conigliaro award in 1990.  Eisenreich’s baseball career lasted 15 years including a World Series championship with the Florida Marlins in 1997.(2)

Jim and his wife founded Jim Eisenreich Foundation for Children With Tourette Syndrome to assist families and children who have been diagnosed with TS.(3)

References:

  1. http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/8c6b1cee
  2. http://www.tourettessyndrome.org/people-with-tourettes.php
  3. http://www.tourettes.org/