James Leyritz is a former Major League Baseball catcher and infielder for the New York Yankees, among other teams. Never drafted out of Middle Ga. Jr College and the University of Kentucky, Leyritz signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees in 1985. He made his major league debut in 1990 against the Baltimore Orioles. He is a 2 time World Series Champion with the Yankees in 1996 & 1999. One of his most iconic moments was in the '96 series when he hit a 3-run home run in the 8th inning of game 4, when the Yankees where on the verge of a 3-1 deficit. This turned the momentum in favor of the Yankees and helped them win the World Series and earned him the status of being known as one of the most clutch hitters in the game.
During his post-playing career, Leyritz has been very active in charitable work. Right after retiring, Leyritz lent his time to raising money for the Jorge Posada Foundation and the ALS Lou Gehrig disease. Leyritz is currently a spokesman for PinkTie.org, founded by Mike Cave CEO of 1st Equity Title & Closing Services. The goal of PinkTie.org is to hold upscale networking events for the real estate community to help raise funds for foundations that support research and education of preventative diseases in each person's respective community. Currently he serves as the National Development Director for The Greatest Save Foundation (thegreatestsave.org). The Greatest Save aims to help prevent child and teen sexual exploitation and abduction. They arm kids and teens with the tools necessary to identify dangers and respond intuitively. They offer free educational resources and events within the community.
Along with his playing career and charitable work, Leyritz has written an autobiography: Catching Heat: The Jim Leyritz Story. His story showcases the highs and lows of Jim's life from his playing career to his personal life. It chronicles how Leyritz grew from a player trying to find his way through the minors to one who gained a reputation of being one of the most clutch players who wills his teams to victory.