Lance Berkman Biography

October 16, 2019
First published on:October 16, 2019
by John Max

Facts of Lance Berkman

Birth Nation: United States
Height: 6 Feet
Birth Name William Lance Berkman
Birth Place Waco, Texas
Famous Name Lance Berkman
Father Larry Gene Berkman
Mother Cynthia Ann
Net Worth $60 Million
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Currently Married Yes
Married to Cara Berkman (m. 1998)
Children 4

William Lance Berkman a.k.a. Lance Berkman or "Big Puma" is an American retired baseball player who played 15 seasons in MLB for Houston Astros (1999–2010), New York Yankees (2010), St. Louis Cardinals (2011–2012), and Texas Rangers (2013). 

The six-time MLB All-Star was born on February 10, 1976, in Waco, Texas. Berkman holds an American nationality and is of a white ethnic background. The 43 years old hunk stands six feet tall and weighs around 99.8 kg.

Big Puma is a married man and shares four daughters with his wife. Further his net worth is 2019 is $60 million. 

Net Worth

The 2011 World Series champion, Lance Berkman's net worth is over $60 million as of 2019. Playing 12 seasons with Houstons, he summoned a jaw-dropping sum of $94,005,000.

Similarly, he grossed $20 million with two years with St. Louis Cardinals and $10 million playing a season for Texas Rangers. Overall, he made $124 million as his MLB career earning.

MLB Career Earnings:

Year Team Salary
1999 Houston Astros $200,000
2000 Houston Astros N/A
2001 Houston Astros $305,000
2002 Houston Astros $500,000
2003 Houston Astros $3,500,000
2004 Houston Astros $6,500,000
2005 Houston Astros $10,500,000
2006 Houston Astros $14,500,000
2007 Houston Astros $14,500,000
2008 Houston Astros $14,500,000
2009 Houston Astros $14,500,000
2010 Houston Astros $14,500,000
2010 New York Yankees N/A
2011 St. Louis Cardinals $8,000,000
2012 St. Louis Cardinals $12,000,000
2013 Texas Rangers $10,000,000
Total Earnings   $124,005,000

No doubt, Berkman has a high standard of life with such earnings. Further, he owns a house in Houston, Texas (TX), US. 


In 2001, Berkman founded a charity named "Berkman's Bunch" where 50 underprivileged children could meet Berkman before each Saturday home game for autographs and other gifts. Further, he and his wife donated $2,412,245 to a foundation they established called To The Lord's Fund.

Lance Berkman SOURCE: Water Mission

In April 2012, Berkman was named one of the 30 most generous celebrities by Forbes. 

The following year, he purchased a fire truck which he donated to the City of West, Texas, following the West Fertilizer Company explosion. 

Married To Cara

In the year, Lance Berkman met his future wife, Cara while attending Rice University in Cara’s hometown of Houston. Within a short period of time, they developed a feeling and started dating. After three years, the couple exchanged the vows in 1995, in an intimate wedding ceremony.

Berkman's wife Cara SOURCE: Player Wives & Girlfriends

On 17th May 2001, the couple had their first daughter, Hannah Leight Berkman. In 3003, they welcomed their second daughter, Carly Anne Berkman. Similarly, their 3rd and 4th daughters: Katie Mae Berkman and Abigail Primm Berkman won born in 2006 and 2009.

Besides, he is Christian and has been very outspoken about his Christian beliefs throughout his career.

Knowing Cara closely 

Cara Berkman is a daughter of former baseball player Johnny who played for the Oilers. Moreover, both of her brothers have been minor league farmhands; Josh with the Rangers and Brewers while Jacob with the Royals.

Family Background

Berkman was born to Cynthia Ann and Larry Gene Berkman. His paternal grandfather was of Swedish descent.

Upon graduation from Canyon High School, he enrolled at Rice University.

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In the 1997 MLB Draft, Berkman was picked by the Houston Astros in the first round, with the 16th overall selection. He played 12 seasons for the team earning 5x All-Star. On 31st July 2010, he was traded to the New York Yankees for Jimmy Paredes and Mark Melancon.


For the 2011 and 2012 seasons, he signed to the Cardinals as a free agent. On January 5, 2013, Berkman agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers.

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On January 29, 2014, he disclosed his intention to retire. Berkman, along with former teammate Roy Oswalt inked a one-day contract with Houston to officially retire as a member of the Astros on April 5, 2014.

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