Kyle Schwarber will go down in Cubs lore for his dramatic return from a torn ACL and LCL in time for the 2016 World Series. Despite not facing big league pitching in six months, the catcher-turned-left fielder put on a hitting clinic that series.
Schwarber hit .412 in five games, which includes the rally-inducing single to leadoff the 10th inning of Game 7. That game, of course, was played in Cleveland, which is a perfect Segway for a few off-the-field facts about the Cubs slugger.
2. Schwarber attended Middletown High School, where he was a linebacker on the football team. Here's a legendary photo of him trying to tackle future Ohio State quarterback and NFL wide receiver, Braxton Miller.
— Jeff Wallner (@JeffWallner) October 27, 2016
3. Not only was he an athlete in high school, but Schwarber was also a member of his school's show choir. You need this content in your life, and I'm happy to provide it to you.
There's Schwarber, front and a bit off-center:
For good measure, the Cubs had Schwarber and other players reenact the performance back in 2016 - with future manager David Ross taking a playful shot at Schwarber:
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4. Schwarber has one brother and three sisters. His dad is a retired police chief, a big inspiration for the Schwarber's Neighborhood Heroes campaign - which recognizes first responders and their sacrifices.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) August 16, 2019
— Kyle Schwarber (@kschwarb12) August 8, 2019
Before Cubs, Kyle Schwarber was a high school singer, football player originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago