Common Name: Sammy Sosa
Born: November 12, 1968 in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic
Full Name: Samuel Peralta Sosa
Major League Debut:
June 16, 1989
Nick Names: “Slammin’ Sammy”
Primary Position: Right field
Primary Uniform: 21
Chicago Cubs (13), Texas Rangers (2), NY Yankees (4), Chicago White Sox (3),
- Major League Player of the Year (1998)
- National League Silver Slugger Award (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002)
- National League Most Valuable Player (1998)
- National League All-Star (1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004)
- Hank Aaron Award (1999)
- Sports Illustrated's 1998 "Sportsman of the Year" award (shared honor with Mark McGwire).
In 1993, his first full year as a Chicago Cub, Sosa slammed 33 home runs, knocked in 93 RBI's and was on his way to becoming an All-Star. Sosa continued to be much more selective at the plate and started to go to right field. As a result, he hit more than 35 home runs the next six seasons with over 100 RBI's.
Sammy Sosa became a household name in 1998 by joining with his “friendly adversary” Mark McGwire to spell-bind the nation (and baseball fans worldwide) with an assault on Roger Maris’s 37-year-old record of 61 regular season home runs.
He finished the season with 66 home runs, which is by far the most by any Latin American baseball player ever in a single season and lead the Major Leagues in RBIs with 158. "It's a beautiful year... Whatever happens in 1998, this is going to be the year that nobody is going to forget what Mark and I have done." Sosa said with a broad smile.
After that memorable and historical 1998 season, Sosa was named National League MVP, but his most remarkable acts were yet to come. He showcased his big heart and generous spirit for the world to see by responding to a severe crisis in his homeland (Dominican Republic), which had been ravaged by Hurricane George that left over 100,000 homeless, without food and shelter. Sosa immediately arranged to send 30,000 pounds of rice, 30,000 pounds of beans, and barrels of pure water to the Dominican Republic (via the American Red Cross) and helped in the rebuilding of homes.
In 1999, after a great spring training, Sosa again made history again by becoming the only player to hit 60 home runs in two different Major League seasons.
On June 20, 2007, Sosa once again stepped into the national spotlight when he led his latest team, the Texas Rangers, to a win over the Cubs, with his 600th career blast, something that only five players in the MLB have every done. He continues to add to his home run tally, and delight his faithful fans with his enthusiasm and love of the game.
Home Run Milestone
Sammy Sosa's 609th home run: http://m.mlb.com/video/topic/6003532/v25529909