The Washington Nationals beat the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the first World Series title for the franchise. The victory is a lot sweeter for the Nationals’ starting pitcher, Max Scherzer, who kept the team in the game despite suffering from neck and back spasms during the final matches. And supporting him through perhaps the greatest moment of his career was his wife, Erica May-Scherzer. The team’s fans as well as those of previous teams Scherzer has played for are familiar with Erica. In fact, this WAG with a voice is hard to miss with the many causes she advocates for. In case you haven’t heard of her, though, our Erica May-Scherzer wiki will fix that.
|About Erica May-Scherzer|
|Birth||January 30, 1986|
|Spouse||Max Scherzer November 2013 - Present|
|Children||Kacey Hart, Brooklyn May Scherzer|
|Parents||Ronald May, Gail Spearow-May|
|Alumni||University of Colorado Denver, Cherry Creek High School|
Erica May-Scherzer Is from Colorado
Erica May was reportedly born on January 30, 1986 to Gail Spearow-May and Ronald May. Erica and her sister, Allison, were raised in Englewood, Colorado where Erica graduated from Cherry Creek High School.
Erica had briefly attended the University of Missouri before transferring to the University of Colorado Denver. After graduating with a history degree, she briefly worked as a historical researcher in Colorado, before leaving the job and following Max wherever his MLB career took him.
She also lived in Arizona when Max Scherzer played with the Diamondbacks. The Scherzers have called McLean, Virginia their home since Max signed with the Nationals in 2015.
It appears her family still resides in Colorado where Gail Spearow-May works in Disability Determination Services.
Allison resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband, Shayne Guenther, and their son. She’s a resident doctor, after receiving her MD from the Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 2016, a day that a proud Erica celebrated with her sister.
Erica Met Max at Mizzou
A softball player and pitcher herself, Erica was named the captain of her high school softball team and won all-conference honors after leading her Class 5A conference in ERA, strikeout percentage, and win/loss percentage. She was also the sportswriter and editor of her school newspaper and an active member of the national honor society.
Erica went on to play softball at the University of Missouri. Also a student at Mizzou back then was Chesterfield native and longtime St. Louis Cardinals fan, Max Scherzer.
The two pitchers met and dated at Mizzou. Even after a heart condition ended Erica’s pitching career and she transferred to the University of Colorado Denver, their relationship stood strong.
After eight years together, they got engaged and tied the knot in Scottsdale, Arizona in November 2013. Some sources state that their wedding was on November 16, while others report the date as November 23.
Erica and Max Have Two Daughters
Max Scherzer capped off winning his third Cy Young Award in 2017 with another milestone to celebrate—becoming a dad. Erica gave birth to their first daughter, Brooklyn May Scherzer, on November 28, 2017.
In January 2019, when Mizzou was set to retire Max’s college number, the Scherzer’s announced that Brooklyn was going to be a big sister. The 2019 Fourth of July celebrations for the family became extra special with the birth of their second daughter, Kacey Hart.
Erica Is an Activist and Philanthropist
She left her job in Colorado to be a full-time WAG, but Erica May-Scherzer is far from the superficial, tall and pretty baseball wife reality shows make some out to be. In fact, she’s a self-described “activist, feminist, social justice and human rights advocate.”
She’s the most passionate about animals, something she apparently shares with her mom. Erica and Max are furbaby parents to four adopted dogs. Two of their dogs have heterochromia iridium, the eye condition Max has that makes his right eye blue and left eye brown.
The couple also promoted a vanishing species charity stamp together with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and members of Congress. She has also advocated for causes supported by Michigan philanthropic organizations.
Erica is also a major LGBTQ+ supporter, having played and gotten along well with several lesbian teammates during her days as a pitcher. Now Erica gathers her fellow WAGs to support LGBTQ+ activism, particularly in major league sports.
After arriving in Washington, Erica joined Polaris, a global organization combating human trafficking.