Ron Gant Biography
Ron Gant is an American television news anchor from Victoria, Texas, who is co-host on WAGA-TV’s morning news program Good Day Atlanta.
Gant is also a former baseball player who played for the Atlanta Braves (1987–1993), Cincinnati Reds (1995), St. Louis Cardinals (1996–1998), and Philadelphia Phillies (1999–2000).
He also played for Anaheim Angels (2000), Colorado Rockies (2001), Oakland Athletics (2001), San Diego Padres (2002), and again the Athletics briefly in 2003.
Ron Gant Age
Gant was born on March 2, 1965, in Victoria, Texas. He is 54 years old as of 2019.
Ron Gant Early Life
Gant was born in Victoria, Texas. His parents are George Gant, a chemistry professor, and Alice Hardeman, a special education teacher.
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In high school, Gant played football and baseball. He was recruited heavily to play college baseball for such schools as Texas and Oklahoma. He, however, turned down scholarship offers to go pro after high school.
Ron Gant Wife
Gant is married to Leslie, a Victoria native. Gant and Leslie got married on June 10, 2015.
Gant was previously married to Heather Campbell. The pair, however, divorced. As of 2015, Gant had four children namely; Ryan, Alexus, Symara, and Halyn.
Ron Gant Fox 5
Gant joined Fox 5 on October 25, 2012, and became a news anchor for the Atlanta Fox owned-and-operated station WAGA-TV. Gant co-hosts the morning show Good Day Atlanta.
Prior to joining Fox 5, Gant was an analyst on FOX Sports South for the Atlanta Braves for the past four years.
He was also a studio analyst for the MLB Network for “Hot Stove” and “MLB Tonight.” Prior to that, Gant served as a commentator for the Atlanta Braves on TBS.
Ron Gant Salary | Net worth
Gant’s salary at Fox 5 has not revealed yet. He, however, has a net worth of $20 million.
Ron Gant Baseball | Ron Gant Atlanta Braves
In the fourth round of the 1983 MLB draft (100th overall), Gant was drafted by the Atlanta Braves. He joined the Braves in 1987 as a September call-up, after winning the Bill Lucas Award as the Braves’ Minor League Player of the Year in 1986.
Gant collected 22 hits in 83 at-bats, including two home runs. During the 1988 season, he was an everyday player for the struggling Braves, who finished with a record of 54–106.
After a disappointing sophomore season in 1989, he was sent down to the minor leagues to learn how to play the outfield.
He returned to form and the starting line up in 1990 when he batted .303 with 32 home runs and 84 RBI and winning National League Comeback Player of the Year.
He also stole thirty-three bases in 1990, qualifying for the 30–30 club. In 1991, he duplicated that feat joining Willie Mays (1956–1957) and Bobby Bonds (1977–1978) as the only players in Major League history to that point to have two 30 home run/30 stolen base seasons in a row.
In the 1991 World Series, The Braves lost to the Minnesota Twins. Gant batted .267 in the series, with four RBIs, as the Twins won it in a close and exciting seventh game.
In 1994, after signing one of the richest contracts in Braves history, Gant broke his right leg in an ATV accident. The Atlanta Braves ended up releasing him.
Gant did not play again until 1995, emerging with the Cincinnati Reds before being signed by the St. Lous Cardinals in 1996.
Gant retired in 2003 at the age of 38.