Sammy Sosa Celebriduck
Samuel Peralta Sosa was born on November 12th, 1968, in San Pedro De Macoris, Dominican Republic. He was the 5th of 7 children growing up in a poverty stricken home. Sammy's father Juan Montero, who plowed fields for a living, passed away when Sammy was 7 yrs old. Sammy begun shining shoes, washing cars, & selling oranges to help his mother buy food and pay for family expenses.
At first Sammy wasn't even interested in the game of baseball, his first love was boxing but his mother discouraged him to box. It was his brother Jose that later convinced him to try playing baseball at the age of 14. Because his family was so poor he couldn't afford a glove or bat. Using an empty milk carton and a stick, he began to practice.
It was July 1985 when a baseball scout named Omar Minaya saw Sammy working out at a Toronto Blue Jays camp in Santo Domingo. At the age of 16, Sammy was signed with the Texas Rangers. He initially struggled and many called Sammy one of the most over paid players in the game of Baseball. He was impatient at the plate and would swing at anything that came his way. He eventually became more patient and his out fielding also improved. On July 29th 1990 he was traded to the Chicago White Sox and later moved to the Chicago Cubs in 1992.
On September 13th 1998, Sammy Sosa joined Mark McGwire in breaking Roger Maris's record of 61 homeruns in a single season. This record held up for 37 years before these two men changed the history of Baseball. He ended the 1998 season with 66 homeruns, All-Star and NL MVP honors. Sammy definitely proved he is well worth his salary.