Country Pop Bites: Garth Brooks – February 19
Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 2000 Garth Brooks signed a contract to join the New York Mets during spring training at Port St. Lucie, Florida?
It’s true! The Mets would contribute to his Touch 'Em All Foundation for kids. Check out the video of Garth and wife Trisha Yearwood singing together.
Here are 5 things you might not have known about Garth Brooks.
- Garth's first name is Troyal (Garth is his middle name), the same first name as his father's.
- Garth was working as a bouncer at the Tumbleweed Ballroom, in Stillwater, Okla., when he met Sandy Mahl, who would eventually become his first wife and mother to his three daughters. He was breaking up a fight that had erupted between Sandy and another woman in the ladies' room.
- Garth and his first wife, Sandy, announced plans to divorce in 2000 and did so in 2001. Garth married Trisha Yearwood in December 2005.
- In 2000, Garth attempted to donate part of his liver for a transplant for ailing Chris LeDoux but he was deemed incompatible. Chris died of complications from liver cancer in 2005.
- Garth, who earned a bachelor's degree in advertising in 1985, earned his Master's in business administration from Oklahoma State in 2011. He attended the ceremony and donned a cap and gown.