Sammy Sosa

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Sammy Sosa

Born

11/12/1968, San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

Birth Name

Samuel Sosa Peralta

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Slammin' Sammy
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Samuel (Sammy) Peralta Sosa was born on November 12, 1968 in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic. He's currently a right fielder/designated hitter for the Texas Rangers in the Major League. He has formerly played for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles. He ended the…more

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  • Trivia

    • Sammy was married to his first wife, Karen Lee Bright, from 1990 until 1991.

    • Sammy did a TV commercial for McDonald's in 1998.

    • Sammy's height is 6' (1.83m).

    • On June 20, 2007, Sammy became the fifth Major League player to hit 600 career home runs. He hit his 600th against his former team, the Chicago Cubs.

    • On May 16, 2007, Sammy broke his own Major League Baseball record of most stadiums with a home run. He hit a home run at the Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, his 45th ballpark.

    • On April 26, 2007, Sammy broke the Major League Baseball record of most stadiums with a home run. He hit two home runs in Jacobs Field in Cleveland, his 44th ballpark.

    • On March 15, 2007, Sammy was added to the Texas Rangers' 40-man roster, officially making him a big leaguer once again.

    • On January 30, 2007, the Texas Rangers, Sammy's original team, signed him to a Minor League deal worth $500,000 plus "significant incentives." The contract includes an invitation to Spring Training where he will compete for a spot in the lineup with other rookies and prospects.

    • Sammy hit his first Major League home run against Roger Clemens.

    • With the bases loaded, Sammy hit 8 grand slams in his career. He batted .295 with 44 hits and 130 RBIs in those situations.

    • Sammy hit more than 30 home runs for 10 straight seasons, from 1995 to 2004. During that time he hit more than 40 in 6 straight seasons (1998-2003) and more than 50 in 4 straight seasons (1998-2001).

    • Sammy hit his 500-th career home run on April 4, 2003 at Cincinnati.

    • He was the Chicago Cubs Player of the Year 5 times, from 1998 to 2001 and 2003.

    • Sammy was the first winner of the National League "Hank Aaron Award" in 1999 as the top hitter in the NL.

    • Sammy was awarded as the National League's MVP in 1998.

    • He won the Roberto Clemente Award in 1998 for his character and charitable contributions to his community.

    • Sammy won the National League Silver Slugger Award 6 times, in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

    • He was a 7-time All-Star, in 1995, 1998-2002 and 2004.

    • Sammy entered the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break 6 times and won in 2000.

    • He started playing baseball at age 14 after he decided to quit boxing.

    • The Philadelphia Phillies tried to sign him at age 15, but the deal was not allowed by Major League Baseball due to him being underage. When he turned 16 he signed by the Texas Rangers.

    • Sammy's last full season in the majors was in 2005 with Baltimore, his career statistics were: a .274 batting average, 588 home runs, 1,575 RBIs, 2,304 Hits, 1,422 Runs and 234 Stolen Bases in 2,240 games.

    • Sammy holds the Major League record for the most home runs hit in a month with 20 in June 1998.

    • Sammy shared Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsmen of the Year" award in 1998 with Mark McGwire.

    • He is ranked 5th on the Major League All-Time Home Run List, only 12 shy of 600.

    • Sammy became the first and so far only player to ever hit 60 home runs in 3 different seasons, 1998, 1999 and 2001.

    • In 18 Major League seasons, he's hit 597 home runs.

    • Sammy was drafted in 1985 by the Texas Rangers.

    • On January 28, 2005 it was announced that the Cubs had traded Sosa to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. and two minor league prospects.

    • On June 3, 2003, Sammy Sosa was ejected from a game in the first inning for using a corked bat.

    • Hit 66 home runs in the 1998 season.

    • Sammy Sosa's career: 1989: Chicago White Sox/Texas Rangers, 1990-1991: Chicago White Sox, 1992-2004: Chicago Cubs, 2005: Baltimore Orioles.

    • He was the starting right fielder for the Chicago Cubs for 13 of his 16 seasons in the majors.

  • Quotes

    • Sammy (on hitting his 600th career home run): So proud, not only for myself, but for all the people behind me. Hitting my 600th, against the Chicago Cubs, everything clicked. Today was a special day. I just want to say thank you to Texas for giving me the opportunity to step up to the plate and giving me a chance. They supported me 100 percent and they believed in me.

    • Sammy: At first I thought sixty-one was something special. The sixty-one was something that reminded me of Mark. He hit sixty-one and sixty-two against us. Then I got sixty-two. It was something unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was doing. I couldn't believe what was happening.

    • Sammy: I've always swung the same way. The difference is when I swing and miss, people say, 'He's swinging for the fences.' But when I swing and make contact people say, 'That's a nice swing.' But there's no difference, it's the same swing.

    • Sammy: I'm seeing the ball well. I'm not trying for home runs. I'm trying to hit to right field more. When I do that, the home run comes.

    • Sammy: To tell the truth, I never think about a homer. I'm just thinking of the situation and what I've got to do when I go to the plate.

    • Sammy: Everyone knows that what happened to me is great, but at the other side I care about winning. I care about the team and the situation right now.

    • Sammy: I'm real happy my name is in the record book, but it means nothing because we lost.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • "CORK BAT."

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    Well take off all the homers when he corked his bat and you`ll have one hell of a low number. Hes a cheater just like Bonds and McGwire, but Sammy was worse. Not only did he cork his bat but he was a jerk. He wasnt nice to fans. And when the Cubs were looking to get Jim Thome back in 04 he whined about it. Besides getting busted back in 03 or 04 for the cork found in his bat. Hiting only 14 dingers with Baltimore coparred to 60 something also showed he was off the cork. There are better player out there than Sammy so dont pay attention to him.moreless
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