Chris Archer Bio, Parents, Height, Weight, Measurements, Other Facts

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Chris Archer is a professional baseball player who has gained fame playing in the Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Tampa Bay Rays. Since making the MLB Draft of 2006 and making his debut in 2012, he has remained an important player for the team, playing as a starting pitcher. Here is all to know about him.

Chris Archer Bio

It was on September 26, 1988, that the Tampa Bay Rays star was born in Raleigh, North Carolina as Christopher Alan Archer. Although with two other siblings his mother had with a different man other than his father, Archer was raised by his maternal grandparents, Donna and Ron Archer.

They adopted him when he was still a boy of two years old who sent him to Clayton High School for his education, and from there he moved to the University of Miami. While in school, he made a name for himself playing the game he has always loved – baseball.

Before then, he was fine-tuned for the game of baseball by Ron Walker whom he has always considered as his brother. Walker, who helped him a black man himself, was his high school junior varsity coach.

After he was signed by the Cleveland Indians, he got to play in the minor league for Gulf Coast Indians and the Burlington Indians before he was traded to the Chicago Cubs, where he continued playing in the minor league until he made his debut for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012 after he was traded by the cubs. Before he made the MBL, he also played for the United States national baseball team with which he would go on to win the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Chris Archer would go on to remain with the Rays from 2012 onwards, having signed a six-year deal that was worth a minimum of $25.5 million even as it could reach $43.75 million for eight seasons. With the team, he made the All-Stars twice in 2015 and 2017.

Parents and Family

The people that the baseball player has grown to know as his parents are his grandparents, Donna and Ron Archer who as stated, are his mother’s parents. He has always lived with them since he was a child and always regarded his mother as some sort of a sister, even calling her by her first name.

His biological mother is Sonya Clark who is white. She had Archer with a man named Darryl Magnum who as of 2006 when Chris Archer, then 17-years old, got to know him as his father was working as a firefighter. He got to find out who his real father was after he was challenged by a friend and after he sought out to find an identity for himself.


Not surprising, Archer has revealed that he has no serious relationship with his biological mother, who had him when she was just 19 years old and without any intention of settling down. In the same way, he has never had any with his father.

With his grandparents raising him up, life was not completely easy for them most especially as they were white people bringing up a child who was biracial. On his part, until he was 11, Chris had always believed that his grandparents were in fact, his own biological parents until someone asked him about his real parents when he was in school.

Interestingly, the World Baseball Classic champion does not harbor any grudge against his biological parents because he believes if Donna and Ron Archer had not been the ones that raised him, he would never have been in this place in his life.

Height, Weight, and Measurements

Although he didn’t get much from his biological father, what Chris Archer got was an athletic build that includes a good height. That was the first thing that he noticed the first time he saw Darryl Magnum. The build has been able to complement the skills of the Tampa Bay Rays player and improve on his stamina.

As regards the numbers, he has a height of 6 feet 3 inches (192cm) and a body weight of 195lb (88kg). For his general body measurements, while he is very fit and athletic with long arms and legs, there is nothing official that has been provided.

Other Facts

  • After meeting his father for the first time in a restaurant, all he did was to take a picture of them together and walk away with no intention of meeting him again.
  • Chris Archer has two other siblings that his mother had with another man. He still considers them as his siblings.
  • There is hardly anything about the dating life of the star, but he is definitely not gay. In 2015, a male fan blew a kiss at him, and he caught it only to throw it away.
  • He has a net worth that is estimated to be $25 million.

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