Like everyone else on the 1986 New York Mets team, Ron Darling will always have a place in the hearts of many New Yorkers. Before he became a star in the Big Apple, he was born to a Hawaiian-Chinese mother and French-Canadian father in Honoulu. With his multicultural background, he speaks fluent English, Mandarin Chinese, and French.
Darling would go on to attend Yale, where he majored in Southeast Asian history and started as a position player on the baseball team before switching to pitcher his sophomore season. Darling’s impressive career at Yale would make him the ninth player taken in the 1981 Amateur Draft by the Texas Rangers - a rarity for an Ivy Leaguer. Darling was traded to the Mets in 1983, where he made his major league debut.
The next six seasons would be Darling’s prime as he won double-digit games each year, appearing in the All-Star game in 1985 and winning a Gold Glove in ’89. But the championship 1986 season will always remain the high-water mark for Darling as posted a 15-6 record with a 2.81 ERA. In the World Series against the Red Sox he started three games and posted an impressive 1.53 ERA as the Mets won in seven games.