Common Name: Albert Pujols
Born: January 16, 1980
in Santo Domingo,
Primary Team: Los Angeles Angels
Full Name: José Alberto Pujols Alcántara
Major League Debut: 04/02/2001
Nick Names: Prince Albert, Phat Albert,
Primary Position: First Baseman
Primary Uniform: 5
Teams Played For:St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels
Member of 2004 National League Central
Division Champion St.
Louis Cardinals teams.
He won the World Series twice with the St. Louis Cardinals.
National League Rook of the Year, 2001
Received the Hank Aaron Award twice, 2003, 2009
Named National League MVP 3 times, 2005, 2008 and 2009
Albert Pujols' family immigrated from the Dominican Republic when he was 16 years old. Setting in Independence, Missouri.
Pujols and his wife Deidre oversee the Pujols Family Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to helping those living with Down syndrome and the impoverished in the Dominican Republic.
"If you don't put this guy on the roster for the 2001 season, it might be one of the worst moves you make in your career."
— Mark McGwire to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa
Did You Know?...
Albert Pujols became a U.S. Citizen in 2007.
Albert Pujols appeared in an episode of Shaq Vs., taking on the NBA center in a home-run derby.
When Albert Pujols led the Cardinals in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2001, he became the first St. Louis rookie to top the team in all three categories since Rogers Hornsby in 1916.
In 2002 Albert Pujols played first base, third base, left field, right field, designated hitter, and shortstop. His normal role was left field that season.
Home Run Milestone
500th Home Run: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/9674738/v32310913/?query=albert%2Bpujols%2B500