Nick Swisher

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Swisher with wife JoAnna García in 2010, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Nicholas Thompson Swisher

Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: November 25, 1980

Ethnicity: Italian/Sicilian, German, English, Scottish, Welsh

Nick Swisher is an American professional baseball player. An outfielder and first baseman, he played for the Oakland Athletics, the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees, the Cleveland Indians, and the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB).

He is the son of Lillian and Steve Swisher (Steven Eugene Swisher), a professional baseball player, and minor league manager. Nick is married to actress JoAnna García, with whom he has two children. He was partly raised by his paternal grandparents in Parkersburg, West Virginia.

Nick’s paternal grandfather was Donald Eugene “Don” Swisher (the son of Pearl Gayle Swisher and Mary Mae/May Sinnett). Donald was born in McFarland, West Virginia. Mary was the daughter of Alfred Arland Sinnett and Mary A. Cunningham.

Nick’s paternal grandmother was Betty Lorraine Thompson (the daughter of Okey G. “Offa” Thompson and Augusta/Agusta May Lewis). Betty was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia. Okey was the son of Richard Ellsworth Thompson and Carrie Elsie Lockhart. Augusta was the daughter of Alonzo A. Lewis and Linnie Margaret Montgomery.

Nick’s maternal grandfather was named Richard Vaught.

Nick’s maternal grandmother was named Jennie Jannello (the daughter of Sam Jannello and Virginia Orlando). Jennie had roots in Sicily.

Sources: Genealogy of Nick Swisher –

Genealogies and obituaries of Nick’s paternal grandparents, Donald Eugene Swisher and Betty Lorraine (Thompson) Swisher –

Genealogy of Nick’s paternal great-grandmother, Mary Mae/May (Sinnett) Swisher –

Genealogy of Nick’s paternal grandmother, Betty Lorraine Thompson (focusing on her father’s side) –

Obituary of Nick’s mother –

1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    Nick’s paternal grandparents were Donald E. “Don” Swisher (the son of Pearl G. Swisher and Mary Mae Sinnett) and Betty Lorraine Thompson (the daughter of Okey G. “Offa” Thompson and Augusta May Lewis). Okey G. “Offa” Thompson was the son of Richard Ellsworth Thompson and Carrie Elsie Lockhart.

    genealogy of Nick’s paternal grandmother Betty Thompson:

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