RYE, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Rye’s William James "B. J." Surhoff!
William James "B. J." Surhoff, who attended Rye High School, turns 52 on Thursday.
Surhoff, a former catcher, outfielder, first baseman, third baseman, and designated hitter in Major League Baseball, was born August 4, 1964, in the Bronx, New York City.
During his 18-year major league career, he played every position except pitcher. After playing for the Orioles from 1996 to 2000, he rejoined the team in 2003 and played through the 2005 season. He started his career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1987–1995) and also played for the Atlanta Braves (2000–2002). Surhoff began his career as a catcher, and after playing third base in the mid-1990s, shifted to become primarily a left fielder.
In 2008, 2009 and 2012 Surhoff was a spring training instructor for the Baltimore Orioles. In 2007, Surhoff was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame, with the official induction ceremony occurring before the start of the Orioles–Twins game on August 25, 2007, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.