Ben Zobrist

By: Ryan Picollo

Birth Place/Day/Parents

  • Ben Zobrist was born in Eureka, Illinois on May 26, 1981.
  • His parents names are Cynthia and Tom, his dad was a local pastor in the town he grew up in.

Childhood/Teenage Years

  • He had always loved baseball as a kid.
  • When he was around 3-4 he moved to Belton, Missouri.
  • He moved back to Eureka and grew up there.
  • As a kid him and his friends built a whiffle ball field in his backyard.
  • He was never scouted in High School.
  • He gave up on baseball for a little, but his High School coach encouraged him to go to a showcase.
  • He was seen there and was offered a chance to go to college at Olivet Nazarene University to play baseball.
  • He played infield at college.
  • His senoir year he transferred to Dallas Baptist University, where he was drafted out of.


  • He was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2004
  • He was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays on July 12, 2006
  • He made his MLB debut on July 12, 2006
  • He was an All-Star in 2009, and 2013
  • He got his 1,000th career hit on September 10, 2014
  • Before the 2015 season, he was traded to the Oakland A's
  • On April 25, 2015 he tore his medial meniscus, removing him from play for 4-6 weeks
  • On July 28, 2015 he was traded to the Kansas City Royals


  • Ben resides in Nashville, Tennessee
  • He is married to a Christian singer, Julianna Zobrist
  • He has two, a son named Zion Benjamin (born February 1, 2009), and a daughter named Kruse Allegra (born September 19, 2011)

Pre-Game Meal