Sam McDowell was an All-Star pitcher for four Major League Baseball teams. But most people know him as the inspiration for Sam Malone, the bartender on the hit comedy Cheers, played by Ted Danson.
Yet there’s a second act to McDowell’s career that few baseball fans or Cheers viewers know anything about: He became the first-ever educated/trained counselor for addiction and career enhancement in professional sports. Today, every baseball team has its own sports psychologists or career-enhancement counselor.
Like Ted Danson’s character on Cheers, McDowell struggled with alcohol. Unlike the Cheers bartender, McDowell actually had a renowned career. He holds nine American League pitching records, was an All-Star six times, and was one of only three pitchers in the history of the game to strike out more than 300 batters in a season twice – the others being Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax.
While McDowell never owned a successful bar, he did make some poor investments. He went broke and lived with his parents until checking himself into rehab, earning a degree in sports psychology and addiction, and embarking on an all-star second career.
McDowell has much insight to share with the debt relief industry – from what it’s like to overcome debt to the satisfaction of counseling others to succeed. Join us in Florida for the spring conference “where everybody knows your name.” Cheers!