J.T. Realmuto was born on March 18, 1991, in Del City, Oklahoma. His father played college baseball for Southwest Missouri State, while his older sisters Ryan and Amanda were college softball catchers for Oklahoma State and Northwestern State, respectively.
Additionally, Realmuto’s uncle, John Smith, was a two-time Olympic gold medal wrestler. Because his father David was often busy coaching his older sisters’ softball teams, Realmuto’s mother Margaret often drove him to his Little League Baseball games and various other sporting matches.
Realmuto was a multi-sport athlete throughout his childhood: he began playing baseball at the age of five and started wrestling the next year. In fourth grade, he started playing basketball and gridiron football, and he briefly played tennis in middle school.
Realmuto fractured his thumb on February 18, 2021, the first day of the Phillies’ spring training, when he attempted to block a curveball by new reliever José Alvarado.
He did not return to spring training until a March 23 Grapefruit League game against the Toronto Blue Jays, in which he hit a home run during his first at-bat.
Realmuto and his wife, Alexis, are the proud parents of two amazing children. On July 10, 2018, he and his family welcomed their first child, Gracie Laine Realmuto into the world. Willa Mae Realmuto was also born on July 11, 2019.