High Socks For Hope, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation, was founded by David and Erin Robertson after tornadoes ravaged David’s hometown of Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2011. High Socks For Hope’s mission is to lend support to charities and organizations helping those affected by tragedies and to provide humanitarian services for individuals in need.
David Robertson is currently a pitcher (#30) for the New York Yankees. He was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and is a 2004 graduate of Paul W. Bryant High School, where he played baseball and led the Stampede to the Class 6A state playoffs in the school’s first year of existence. He attended the University of Alabama in 2005 and 2006 where he ranked among all-time school career leaders in strikeouts, appearances and saves. David was named to the 2005 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America team as well as the 2005 Freshman All-SEC team as selected by the league’s head coaches, and named a freshman All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball Magazine. He was a Freshman All-SEC selection by SEBaseball.com and a Third-Team All-SEC pick by SEBaseball.com after leading the team in games (32) wins (seven), ERA (2.92) and saves (eight) and setting the single-season rookie record for most strikeouts (105) and overall highest average of strikeouts per nine innings pitched (12.8). He also led the SEC in lowest opponents average (.105).
David was drafted by the Yankees out of the University of Alabama in the 17th round of 2006 Major League Baseball Draft and became the fifth former Alabama player to wear pinstripes. He played summer league in Cape Cod for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in 2006 where he was named MVP of the Cape Cod League Playoffs, then signed with the Yankees in August of 2006.
David is currently in his sixth major league season with the Yankees. He has helped the team to a World Series Championship in 2009 with two playoff wins, one in the ALDS and one in the ALCS. Robertson was also named to the 2011 American League All-Star roster. He finished the season with 100 strikeouts, becoming the first Yankee reliever since Rivera (in 1996) to record 100 strikeouts in a single season. Robertson finished his breakout season with an AL-leading 1.08 ERA, 13.5 K/9 ratio (2nd in the AL), and an MLB-leading adjusted ERA+ of 410. He also received exactly one (1) point in the voting for both the AL Cy Young Award (the only non-starter or non-closer with a vote) and AL MVP (the only reliever with a vote).
David and Erin met in Harwich, Massachusetts in June, 2006 and they were married in January, 2009 in Bedford, New Hampshire. In August 2012 they welcomed their first child, Luke Joseph Robertson.