Curtis Granderson played basketball and baseball for Thorton Fractional South High School. During his stint together with the team, he batted .369, 11 home runs, and 88 RBI. Curtis was named to the All-State selection. Lots of school baseball programs recruited Curtis, but Granderson chose to join the University of Illinois’ UIC Flames baseball team in 2000, instead. Granderson was named to the Second-Team All American by the Baseball America. Granderson was selected by the Detroit Tigers as the next round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. Granderson was delegated to several Tiger’s minor league affiliate for example Oneonta Tigers, Class-A Complex Lakeland Tigers, and Class-AA Erie Seawolves. Granderson was promoted to the majors in 2004. Granderson went to New York Yankees after spending five seasons with the Tigers. During his stint together with the Yankees, he received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year in 2009 and Silver Slugger Award in 2011. Curtis Granderson, Jr. was born on March 16, 1981 in Blue Island, Illinois.