This article appeared in a May 2016 issue of the student newsletter.
By Nicole Furbacher
North Lake News-Register Staff Writer
In April, a familiar name made sports headlines across the country. His name is Trevor Story, and his helmet and gloves are on their way to the Hall of Fame.
This power hitter, who plays for the Colorado Rockies, is off to an incredible rookie start, with eight home runs, just 13 games deep into the season. He was raised in Irving, graduated from Irving High School and was enrolled at North Lake College.
The 23-year-old infielder graduated from Irving High School in 2011. Besides residing in Irving, Story was taking duel enrollment courses at North Lake College in fall of 2010 and spring 2011. Growing up, Story had many positive influences, said his mom, Teddie Story. They were primarily his grandfather Darrel and father Kenn, who helped shape him into the calm, reserved, and driven young man he is today.
“Trevor is competitive and was good at every sport he played growing up, but he always knew that he wanted to be a professional baseball player,” his mother said.
Story Family Photo –A young Trevor Story as a Little Leaguer in Irving.
When Story was 16 years old he broke his collarbone while playing football. After the incident, he decided to focus on baseball and joined the Dallas Patriots select team. He was granted a scholarship to play at Louisiana State University (LSU) and passed it up for an outstanding opportunity to play for the Colorado Rockies.
Story was the 45th pick in the summer of 2011 draft and the 18-year-old could not pass that up.
Story was a candidate for spring training in 2016. When José Reyes was suspended on the Rockies for domestic violence, it opened a door for Story to compete with Christian Adames for the starting spot. Story was the first opening-day shortstop rookie for the Rockies since 2005.
Less than three weeks ago the lives of the Story family changed dramatically. The shortstop broke records in his first four games. He hit two home runs against the San Diego Padres becoming the first rookie to hit home runs in his first four games, and the first player in major league history to hit six home runs in the first four games of any season. Story already has a spot in the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY.
Story Family Photo –Trevor Story graduated from Irving High School in 2011 and played on the school’s baseball team.
“We didn’t really think that it would happen to anybody we knew, much less our own kid,” said Trevor’s mother. “Only 750 players make it to the big leagues. It wasn’t that we were doubting him, it was more like that it never happens to anyone we know.”
Not only is Story an unbelievable athlete, but he gives back to his community as well. In 2014, Story went to Davis Elementary where he attended grammar school and gave away baseballs and spoke to the kids who collected the most food.
In addition to his kind heart, his mother is CEO of Irving Cares, a local food pantry helping families in need of assistance. She started volunteering in 1991 after hearing about it from a friend. She is also a North Lake College alumni.
“We (my family) were paycheck to paycheck people and it was something that touched my heart,” she said.
The family remains humble after all the press they have received since the start of the season. Irving Cares is taking part in the Trevor Story challenge, which anyone can donate to in $27-dollar increments for each home run Story hits. So far they have raised 3,000 dollars.
“An Irving kid gutted it out in the minor leagues for five years and he finally made it,” said his proud mother. “He is calm and focused and doesn’t get distracted with the media.”
April 22, 2016 – Trevor Story (right) is the first MLB player with two home runs in an opening day big league debut. – The Colorado Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Rockies