Mark Grace was a professional Major League Baseball player for 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. Mark Grace was born on June 28, 1964 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. After playing baseball for San Diego State University, Grace was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1985.
Mark Grace was never a flashy, power hitter, and was often overlooked on a Cubs team that included Sammy Sosa, Andre Dawson and Ryne Sandberg. However, Grace was a consistent, steady hitter, compiling almost 2,500 hits and over 500 doubles over his 16-year career. He also had a career on-base percentage of .383 and collected four Gold Gloves.
In 2000, Mark Grace and the Chicago Cubs management had a falling out, resulting in the Cubs not pursuing the renewal of his contract. However, the Arizona Diamondbacks proceeded to sign him, where he played for three more seasons, including helping the Diamondbacks to a World Series victory in 2001.