Mike Piazza was born September 4, 1968.
Piazza was the N.L. rookie of the year with the Dodgers in 1993 and became a 12-time All-Star as a catcher.
He had a career batting average of .308, and his 427 home runs are the most by a catcher in MLB history. He hit 40 home runs in a season with the Dodgers in 1997 and the Mets in 1999.
Piazza was runner-up in voting for N.L. MVP in 1996 (Ken Caminiti) and 1997 (Larry Walker).
In 2000, he helped the Mets reach the World Series, and he was involved in the bizarre incident in which Roger Clemens threw the barrel of a broken bat toward him.
On September 21, 2001, the Mets played their first home game since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. With the Mets trailing the Braves in the eighth inning, Piazza hit the game-winning home run that "helped to heal an entire wounded city."