Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is easily the best pitcher of his generation. At 32, he’s already notched more than 2,500 strikeouts, 175 wins, eight All-Star Game appearances, three Cy Young awards, one MVP and even a no-hitter. The last thing on the Los Angeles Dodgers superstar starting pitcher’s bucket list? A World Series.
Born in Dallas, Texas, Kershaw attended Highland Park High School and played sports alongside future Detroit Lions NFL quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Dodgers selected the 6-foot-4 left-hander with the seventh-overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft and gave him a $2.3 million signing bonus. The rest of his career in Dodger blue is history.
As the talented southpaw takes the mound in California’s Dodger Stadium during the MLB playoffs amid the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19 outbreak, baseball fans have wondered who the star pitcher is married to. He met his wife in high school and has had three little ones since then.
Who Is Clayton Kershaw’s Wife Ellen Kershaw?
Clayton met Ellen Melson for the first time when they were both freshmen in high school, according to an interview he did with Graham Bensinger.
They faced a hurdle in their relationship when Ellen went to school at Texas A&M University after graduating high school. Kershaw, who was committed to play for the Aggies, turned down a scholarship offer to head straight to the MLB.
“We really had to work on our relationship when I was in college and he was in the minor leagues. I think we both realized it was definitely worth making an effort and towards the end of my college career, we both realized our lives were so much better when we were together than when we were apart,” Ellen Kershaw told Risen Magazine.
Kershaw popped the question to his longtime girlfriend when he was 21. He got down on one knee after a long day, including a trip to Six Flags theme park and a limo ride, according to his interview with Bensigner.
The two tied the knot in December 2010, a year before he’d win his first Cy Young award with the LA Dodgers.
The Kershaws’ Charity Efforts
Clayton and Ellen are both very charitable people.
The Kershaws founded “Kershaw’s Challenge” in 2011. According to the organization’s website, it seeks to “transform at-risk children and neighborhoods through the benevolence and impact of others” and has given away more than $7.5 million to organizations committed to doing the same.
Ellen and Clayton even wrote a book, “Arise: Live Out Your Faith and Dreams on Whatever Field You Find Yourself,” to help raise money to build an orphanage in Zambia.
In 2012, Clayton won the Roberto Clemente Award given to the top humanitarian in Major League Baseball. Since debuting in the league, Kershaw has appeared at numerous charity events accompanied by his wife, such as Ping Pong 4 Purpose.
How Many Kids Do They Have?
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Clayton and Ellen Kershaw have three adorable children.
Their first, daughter Cali Ann, was born in January 2015. She looks just like her father and even has a cannon like him too. In 2017, she threw out a first pitch to her papa in Dodger Stadium while her brother by her side.
Ellen gave birth to the couple’s second child, son Charley, in November 2016. He, too, has a pretty good arm and is awfully adorable. Like his big sister, he’s thrown out a first pitch.
In January 2020, the third Kershaw child entered the world. Cooper Ellis Kershaw is their second son, and the family was happy to welcome another teammate to the bunch.
“Want y’all to meet someone new to our team – Cooper Ellis Kershaw joined us last Sunday, and we are so thankful for a healthy baby boy. Cali & Charley are the best big siblings & love their baby brother so much,” Clayton Kershaw wrote with a pic on his Instagram.
As the Cy Young award winner continues to dominate the National League, only time will tell if the starter will pitch his team through the postseason’s Wild Card, NLDS, NLCS and eventually win a World Series.
Even if he falls against the St. Louis Cardinals or the San Diego Padres in the 2020 division series, at least he has a supportive family to go home to every offseason.