PRO BASEBALL PLAYER
One of the top pitchers in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s hails from Kansas City. David Cone not only dominated the competition during his years in Major League Baseball, but he also came along with his own personal cheering section known as “Cone-heads.” Cone racked up five World Series rings, a pair of Cy Young Awards, and was also one of only a few pitchers in history to record a perfect game.
THE EARLY YEARS
David Brian Cone was born on January 2, 1963, in Kansas City. He spent his early years in the Kansas City area and graduated from the sports powerhouse Rockhurst High School.
RISE TO FAME
In 1981, Cone’s dream of playing in the major leagues took shape. When he was still just a teenager, he was chosen by the Kansas City Royals in the third round of the amateur draft. For the next five years, he perfected his fastball in the minor leagues before finally making it to the major leagues in June of 1986.
SHOW ME SUCCESS
Cone played for the Royals for one season before they traded him to the New York Mets for the 1987 season. His first year in Shea Stadium was frustrating for the up-and-coming pitcher, as he finished with a 5–6 record. But his third year in the league showed that he was a force to be reckoned with, posting a 20–3 record.
Playing in five World Series’ between 1992 and 2000, Cone set a postseason standard that few players will ever reach. His first series was with the Toronto Blue Jays where he pitched in two games for the World Champions. His next four World Series Championships came with the New York Yankees in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000. In those five years of World Series play, he won five games and never lost.
He finished his career with the New York Mets in 2003 and went down in the history books as one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He completed his major league career with a record of 194 wins and 126 losses.
*His contract with the Yankees paid him $12 million for the year 2000 alone.
*Cone first retired in 2001 from the Boston Red Sox, but tried to make a comeback two years later with the Mets.
*He played in the All-Star Game five times.