Nicholas Thompson Swisher was born on November 25, 1980 in Columbus, Ohio. He plays first base and outfield for the Chicago White Sox.
Nick is 6’ 0”, weighs 215 pounds, is a switch-hitter, and throws left.
High SchoolNick grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia and attended Parkersburg High School, where he was a two-sport star: football and baseball. He was recruited by several Division I-A colleges for their football teams, including Notre Dame, as a strong safety, but chose to pursue baseball. Since a MLB team didn’t draft him out of high school, he went to college.
CollegeNick attended Ohio State University, one of only two schools that recruited him for his baseball skill.
Minor LeaguesNick was selected by the A’s with the Boston Red Sox’ first round pick in 2002, as compensation for their loss of free agent Johnny Damon.
2002 - Vancouver Canadians in the Northwest League and then the Visalia Oaks in the California League.2003 - Modesto A’s in the California League, and then the Midland RockHounds in the Texas League.2004 - 2005 - Sacramento River Cats in the Pacific Coast League.
*Major Leagues‘Oakland A’sNick made his debut for the A’s at the end of 2004, but played in so few games that he was still considered a rookie during the 2005 season. Chicago White SoxNick was traded to the Chicago White Sox on on January 3, 2008 for three minor leaguers - Ryan Sweeney, Gio Gonzalez and Fautino De Los Santos.*Personal’Nick is the son of former Major League catcher Steve Swisher, who played for the Chicago Cubs (1974-77), St. Louis Cardinals (1978-80) and San Diego Padres (1981-82).
After his parents dovorced, Nick was raised by his paternal grandmother (who died of brain cancer in 2005).