Charlton Maxwell Jimerson
(born September 22, 1979 in San Leandro, California
) is a guest co-host for Life Beyond The League. He played college baseball at the University of Miami
Growing up in Hayward, California
, Jimerson endured a turbulent childhood. His mother was addicted to crack cocaine
, and she often abandoned Charlton and his younger brother Terrence while searching for drugs. His father had moved out and abandoned the family while Jimerson was young, becoming a homeless person
, and before that time had been physically abusive of Charlton's mother. The family was supported largely by Jimerson's sister Lanette, who worked as many as three jobs simultaneously to provide financial support.
Lanette also helped the oldest of the five children , Derrell, sue for custody of Charlton and Terrence when Charlton was 15.
University of Miami
After Jimerson graduated from Mt. Eden High School, he was chosen by the Astros in the 24th round of the June draft, with the 760th overall pick. Jimerson did not feel that he was ready for a professional career, however, and he instead chose to attend the University of Miami
on an academic scholarship.
Jimerson earned a spot on the University of Miami's baseball
team as a walk-on, although he had not been widely recruited in high school. Coach Jim Morris initially tried to convince him to transfer to a junior college
, but Jimerson used a homemade portfolio of clippings and a personal essay to impress the coach with his... Read More