The Story of Mariano Rivera

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  • Mariano Rivera, a Baseball Legend
  • From Fisherman to Baseball Star
  • From Local to Major League
  • From Panama to New York
  • Show and Improve
  • Major League Debut
  • Relentless Spirit
  • What a Relief
  • An All-Star Is Born
  • Topping the Charts
  • Overcoming Injury
  • World Series Performance
  • Road to Retirement
  • 42 Is Put to Rest
  • Life After Baseball

From Fisherman to Baseball Star

Mariano Rivera was born in Panama City, Panama, on Nov. 29, 1969. He was raised in the fishing town and spent his early teen years working as a fisherman, but left the family business to pursue a baseball career. He joined the Panamá Oeste, a local, amateur baseball team in 1988.

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