Adam Wainwright Net Worth 2024, Biography, Age, Height

By Alice Moreno

Adam Wainwright, also known by the names Adam Parrish Wainwright, Waino, and Uncle Charlie, was born on August 30, 1981, in Brunswick, GA. He stands tall at 6’7″ and weighs 230lb. Adam is an American former professional baseball player. The Atlanta Braves drafted him in 2000 from Glynn Academy HS. He made his MLB debut on September 11, 2005, with the St. Louis Cardinals.

As a starting pitcher, Adam threw and batted with his right hand. He wore jersey number 50. His impressive statistics include an earned run average of 3.53 and 2,202 strikeouts. For his education, he attended Glynn Academy HS and later University.

His financial records show a net worth of $55 Million and career earnings of over $181 million. His salary was $18.5 million. Off the field, Adam’s family includes his father, Bill; mother, Nancy; and sibling, Trey. He has been married to Jenny Curry since 2004 and is a proud father of five.

Quick Facts About Adam Wainwright

NameAdam Wainwright
Real NameAdam Parrish Wainwright
NicknameWaino and Uncle Charlie
Birthday/AgeAugust 30, 1981 (age 42)
Weight230lb (104kg)
BirthplaceBrunswick, GA
ProfessionAmerican former professional baseball Player
DraftDrafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 1st round (29th) of the 2000 MLB June Amateur Draft from Glynn Academy HS (Brunswick, GA).
Mlb Debut DateSeptember 11, 2005
Mlb Debut TeamSt. Louis Cardinals
PositionStarting Pitcher
Jersey Number50
Earned Run Average3.53
High SchoolGlynn Academy HS (Brunswick, GA)
Net Worth$55 Million
Career Earnings$181,996,592
FatherBill Wainwright
MotherNancy Wainwright
SiblingsTrey Wainwright
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseJenny Curry(2004)

Adam Wainwright Biography

Adam Wainwright was a standout in the minor leagues. This success led to his recognition as one of the Braves’ top pitching talents. In 2003, the Braves traded him to the Cardinals in exchange for outfielder J. D. Drew.

He made his first MLB appearance on September 11, 2005. For the remainder of that season, he played as a relief pitcher. Throughout his career, Wainwright frequently ranked in the top ten for various statistics. These include earned run average, strikeouts, walks plus hits per inning pitched, and complete games.

A significant achievement came in 2014. Wainwright became the first pitcher in MLB history to have nine of his initial 18 starts with at least seven innings pitched without conceding a run. Over his career, he won 200 games, earned three All-Star picks, received two Gold Glove Awards, and was a top three contender for the Cy Young Award four times.

Adam Wainwright Net Worth

Adam Wainwright Net Worth

Adam Wainwright has a net worth of $55 million. Over his career, he’s earned a total of $181,996,592. His salary stands at $18,500,000.

In a recent agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals, Wainwright signed a one-year contract valued at $17,500,000. 

This contract includes $17,500,000 guaranteed. His annual salary based on this contract is $17,500,000. 

For 2023, apart from his base salary of $17,500,000, he has an additional incentive of $1,000,000. This agreement brings his total salary for the year to $18,500,000.

Estimated Career Earnings

Atlanta Braves2000$1,250,000$1,250,000
St. Louis Cardinals2005$46,629$46,629
2009GOLD GLOVE$2,600,000$100,000$2,700,000
2013NL GOLD GLOVE:P$12,000,000$150,000$12,150,000
2017NL SILVER SLUGGER:P$19,500,000$19,500,000
Est. Earnings(19 seasons)$170,385,481$2,000,000$9,611,111$181,996,592

Source: Spotrac-cash-earnings

Adam Wainwright Contract Details

2023St. Louis Cardinals4117$17,500,000$1,000,000$17,500,000$18,500,000$18,500,000$7,500,000

Source: Spotrac

Adam Wainwright Injuries

07/05/2023 – 07/24/2023STLUndisclosed20$1,881,720
03/30/2023 – 05/06/2023STLGroin38$3,575,268
05/06/2022 – 05/15/2022STLCovid-1910$940,860
04/30/2021 – 05/03/2021STLCovid-194$172,044
06/11/2019 – 06/20/2019STLHamstring10$107,530
05/15/2018 – 09/10/2018STLElbow119$12,475,841
04/22/2018 – 05/13/2018STLElbow22$2,306,458
03/29/2018 – 04/06/2018STLHamstring9$943,551
08/18/2017 – 09/20/2017STLElbow34$3,622,938
07/25/2017 – 08/06/2017STLBack$13$1,385,241
04/30/2015 – 09/30/2015STLAchilles$154$16,409,778
04/26/2015 – 04/30/2015STLAchilles5$532,785

Source: Spotrac-injuries

Adam Wainwright Early Life

Adam Wainwright learned a lot about sports from his elder brother, Trey, especially after their father left. Trey even built a pitcher’s mound in their backyard to teach Adam how to pitch. Besides sports, Adam was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and church activities. He was a big fan of the Atlanta Braves.

In high school, Wainwright’s fastball reached speeds over 90 mph. He also had a batting average that sometimes exceeded .500. These skills earned him the title of Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year in 2000. Besides baseball, he played football. He received All-State honors as a wide receiver during his junior and senior years. He also gained All-Region recognition as a placekicker.

Adam Wainwright Career

Adam Wainwright Career

In 2000, the Atlanta Braves picked Adam Wainwright 29th overall in the MLB draft. This choice was a compensatory pick for losing Russ Springer to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Wainwright, a fan of the Braves since childhood, skipped college to play pro baseball. He signed a deal with a $1.25 million bonus. Soon after finishing high school, he started with the Braves’ rookie team. 

He then moved to the Class A Danville Braves and, in 2001, played for the Macon Braves. There, he set a new strikeout record, surpassing Bruce Chen’s previous record.

In 2002, Wainwright played in the Carolina League and was in the All-Star Futures Game.

By 2003, he was with the Braves Double-A team in Greenville and was ranked as the top Braves prospect by Baseball America. 

At the end of 2003, the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Wainwright. They also acquired Jason Marquis and Ray King, sending J. D. Drew and Eli Marrero to the Braves in exchange.

On May 20, 2014, Adam Wainwright dominated the Diamondbacks with a one-hitter game. He was flawless until Paul Goldschmidt’s double in the fourth inning. Wainwright then set down the next 16 players, finishing with just 28 batters faced. He didn’t walk anyone, struck out nine, and threw 86 of his 115 pitches as strikes. This game marked his seventh win that year, putting him at the top of the National League. His career total reached 106 wins and 59 losses. This win positioned him alongside Sallee in eighth place on the Cardinals’ all-time win list. It was his eighth career shutout.

In the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers hit a two-run homer off National League’s starting pitcher, Adam Wainwright. This shot provided the American League with an early 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Adam Wainwright had long-held dreams of hosting an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” In 2016, he took a step into the film world with his debut in the comedy-drama “Proximity.” The movie, directed by Dan Steadman, was shot in the St. Louis region. Most of the filming took place in 2015. Wainwright’s involvement was partly because of the extra time he had after an Achilles tendon injury earlier in the season.

On October 6, 2020, Adam Wainwright debuted in national TV broadcasting. He provided commentary for the 2020 NLDS game featuring the Miami Marlins against the Atlanta Braves. He was on Fox Sports 1 alongside Adam Amin and his former teammate A. J. Pierzynski. The trio teamed up again in 2023, this time for the ALDS, covering the match between the Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins.

In 2021, Adam Wainwright re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year, $8 million contract. On April 26, he faced a 2–1 defeat against the Philadelphia Phillies, conceding two home runs to Rhys Hoskins. It mirrored a similar 2007 loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers. By May 3, Wainwright achieved his season’s first win and his 1,000th career strikeout at Busch Stadium against the New York Mets. This feat put him alongside Bob Gibson as the only Cardinals pitcher to hit 1,000 strikeouts at their home stadiums.

Further achievements in 2021 include his 1,900th strikeout against the Miami Marlins in June and a second complete game on Father’s Day against the Atlanta Braves. In August, Wainwright pitched a shutout, his first since 2016, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was later named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August. On September 3, pairing with Yadier Molina, they marked their 300th start as battery mates, a milestone only achieved by three other MLB pairs. Later in September, Wainwright celebrated his 2,000th career strikeout against the Brewers.

For the 2022 season, Wainwright and the Cardinals agreed on another one-year deal. His 2021 performance was remarkable, reminiscent of his 2014 season, with a 17–7 record, a 3.05 ERA, and 174 strikeouts in over 206 innings. He ranked among MLB leaders in several categories and led in sacrifice hits. Wainwright wrapped up the year by securing seventh place in the 2021 NL Cy Young Award voting.

In October 2021, Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals settled on a one-year, $17.5 million contract for the 2022 season. On Opening Day, April 7, 2022, Wainwright celebrated his 100th win at Busch Stadium with a 9–0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates, delivering six scoreless innings and six strikeouts.

By May 15, 2022, Wainwright and his teammate Yadier Molina achieved their 203rd win as a duo, making them the winningest battery in MLB history. Their partnership continued to set records, and on September 14, they started their 325th game together. This achievement surpassed the previous record held by Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan of the Detroit Tigers.

Wainwright plans to represent Team USA in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, as announced in November 2022.

Adam Wainwright announced that 2023 would be his final season in baseball. In a surprising move on March 30, 2023, Adam Wainwright performed the national anthem before the Cardinals’ home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays. After his performance, he expressed relief, saying, “I didn’t mess the words up.” Beyond baseball, Wainwright has aspirations in country music. In January 2023, he showcased this passion by holding a concert in Springfield, Illinois, for around 500 fans.

During the season, Wainwright faced challenges on the mound, recording a 5–11 win-loss record and a 7.40 ERA over 21 starts.

September 18 was a day of celebration for him. Against the top-ranked Milwaukee Brewers, he secured his 200th career win in a 1-0 victory. With 2,202 career strikeouts, he ranks 66th among all pitchers, and his 200 wins place him 122nd. All these wins came as a Cardinal, positioning him third in team history, following legends Bob Gibson and Jesse Haines.

Later in September, Wainwright had a memorable moment at the plate. It was his first time batting since October 2021. Although he grounded out, his career batting stats are notable, with ten home runs, 75 RBIs, and a batting average of .193. He even boasts five seasons with a batting average above .200.

Adam Wainwright Jersey

YearsTeamJersey Number
2005-2005St. Louis Cardinals60
2006-2023St. Louis Cardinals50

Adam Wainwright Stats


Source: Spotrac-statistics


October 27, 2022Signed a 1 year $17.5 million contract extension with St. Louis (STL)
October 1, 2021Signed a 1 year $17.5 million contract extension with St. Louis (STL)
January 28, 2021Signed a 1 year $8 million contract with St. Louis (STL)
November 12, 2019Signed a 1 year $5 million contract with St. Louis (STL)
October 11, 2018Signed a 1 year $2 million contract extension with St. Louis (STL)
March 27, 2013Signed a 5 year $97.5 million extension with St. Louis (STL)
October 27, 2011St. Louis (STL) exercised 2012-13 options
March 20, 2008Signed a 4 year $15 million contract with St. Louis (STL)
February 27, 2007Signed a 1 year $410k contract with St. Louis (STL)
February 17, 2006Signed a 1 year $327k contract with St. Louis (STL)
March 1, 2005Signed a 1 year $316k contract with St. Louis (STL)
February 25, 2004Signed a 1 year $300k contract with St. Louis (STL)
June 10, 2000Signed a contract with Atlanta (ATL)
June 5, 2000Drafted by Atlanta (ATL): Round 1 (#29 overall)
October 27, 2022Signed a 1 year $17.5 million contract extension with St. Louis (STL)
October 1, 2021Signed a 1 year $17.5 million contract extension with St. Louis (STL)
January 28, 2021Signed a 1 year $8 million contract with St. Louis (STL)
Nov 12 2019Signed a 1 year $5 million contract with St. Louis (STL)
October 11 2018Signed a 1 year $2 million contract extension with St. Louis (STL)
Mar 27 2013Signed a 5 year $97.5 million extension with St. Louis (STL)
Oct 27 2011St. Louis (STL) exercised 2012-13 options
Mar 20 2008Signed a 4 year $15 million contract with St. Louis (STL)
Feb 27 2007Signed a 1 year $410k contract with St. Louis (STL)
Feb 17 2006Signed a 1 year $327k contract with St. Louis (STL)
Mar 1 2005Signed a 1 year $316k contract with St. Louis (STL)
Feb 25 2004Signed a 1 year $300k contract with St. Louis (STL)
Jun 10 2000Signed a contract with Atlanta (ATL)
Jun 5 2000Drafted by Atlanta (ATL): Round 1 (#29 overall)

Source: Spotrac-transactions

Adam Wainwright Awards, Records, and Honors

World Series champion2006
2× Gold Glove Award2009, 2013
2× NL wins leader2009, 2013
3× All-Star2010, 2013, 2014
Silver Slugger Award2017
Roberto Clemente Award2020

Adam Wainwright Family

Adam Wainwright’s father, Bill, worked as an attorney, while his mother, Nancy, was a real estate agent. When Adam was just seven, his parents got divorced. After the divorce, his father relocated to Florida. This left Nancy with the responsibility of raising Adam and his elder brother, Trey. Today, Trey is an attorney based in Atlanta.

Adam Wainwright Personal Life

Adam Wainwright married Jenny Curry, his high school love, in 2004. An interesting twist occurred during his proposal in December 2003. He was interrupted by a call informing him of his trade from the Braves to the Cardinals. Jenny graduated with an interior design degree from Georgia Southern University.

During the off-season, the Wainwright family lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia. They have four daughters, and in 2019, they adopted a son. Adam openly shares his Christian beliefs and is an active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Adam Wainwright Education

Adam Wainwright went to Glynn Academy in Brunswick for his high school education. There, he excelled both in sports and academics. After high school, many colleges showed interest in him. Institutions like Georgia Tech presented him with offers for both academic and baseball scholarships.

Adam Wainwright Philanthropy

Adam Wainwright, an avid fantasy football fan, founded Big League Impact, a fantasy football network in eight cities. This network raises funds for various charities. In 2015, it gathered over $1 million. Famous baseball players like David Wright, Hunter Pence, and John Smoltz also host in their cities.

Waino’s World, the official website, launched in July 2013. Wainwright told Fox Sports Midwest that the project blends his love for fantasy football with his desire to aid people in need. Fans, by paying a registration fee (given to charity), can compete in fantasy football against Wainwright and other Cardinals players. The league raised $100,000 in 2013 and aided Operation Food Search and Water Missions International.

For his charitable efforts, especially with Big League Impact and his role in building Haiti’s Ferrier Village Secondary School, Wainwright received the 2020 Roberto Clemente Award.


Adam Wainwright has made significant strides both on and off the baseball field. From his commendable achievements in the game, including his 200th win and his enviable 2,202 career strikeouts, to his philanthropic pursuits through Big League Impact, Wainwright is a force to be considered. His net worth, which stands at $55 million, reflects his successful career and business ventures.

Outside of baseball, Wainwright has showcased other talents. His musical aspirations led him to sing the national anthem and even hold a concert for his fans. His involvement in the film industry and broadcasting further illustrates his diverse interests and capabilities.

Wainwright is not just a baseball icon. He’s a multifaceted individual who has significantly impacted various fields. As he approaches the end of his baseball career, his legacy is well-established, both in sports and in his contributions to society.


Is Adam Wainwright retiring?

Adam Wainwright is retiring. He declared that the 2023 season would be his concluding year in baseball. After achieving his 200th game win, the 42-year-old confirmed that he had thrown his last pitch.

How many World Series rings does Adam Wainwright have?

Adam Wainwright has two World Series rings with the Cardinals. He also holds the honor of ranking second in the franchise’s history for career strikeouts.

Alice Moreno
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Hi, I'm Alice Moreno. I've been writing about celebrities since 2005. I love sharing stories about famous people and finding out how much they're worth. I studied Journalism and enjoy digging for facts to make sure everything I write is true.

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