|Full Name||Samuel Peralta Sosa|
|Nickname (s)||Sammy or Slammin’ Sammy|
|Profession (s)||Baseball Player|
Physical Stats and More
|Height (approx.)||in centimetres: 182 cm|
|in meters: 1.82 m|
|in feet inches: 6 ft.|
|Weight (approx.)||in kilogram: 104 kg|
|in pounds: 230 pounds|
|Date Of Birth||November 12, 1968|
|Day of Birth||Tuesday|
|Place Of Birth||San Pedro de Marcoris|
|Father||Juan Bautista Montero|
|Children||Keysha, Kenia, Sammy Jr., Michael, Kalexy, and Rolando|
|Drafted by||Texas Rangers (Free Agent)|
|Jersey Number||17 (1989 Rangers), 25 (1989-1991 White Sox), 21 (1992-present Cubs and Orioles)|
|MLB debut||June 16, 1989, for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance||September 29, 2007, for the Texas Rangers|
|MLB statistics||Batting average: .273
Home runs: 609
Runs batted in: 1,667
|Teams||Texas Rangers (1989)
Chicago White Sox (1989–1991)
Chicago Cubs (1992–2004)
Baltimore Orioles (2005)
Texas Rangers (2007)
|Awards and Honours||1995: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
1996: Player of the Month Award
1998: Baseball Digest Player of the Year Award
1998: Commissioner’s Historic Achievement Award
1998: Most Valuable Player Award
1998: Player of the Month Award
1998: Players Choice Outstanding Player of the Year Award
1998: Roberto Clemente Award
1998: Sporting News Major League Player of the Year Award
1998: Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Award
1998: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
1999: Hank Aaron Award
1999: Man of the Year Award
1999: Player of the Month Award
1999: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
2000: Player of the Month Award
2000: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
2001: Player of the Month Award
2001: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
2002: The Silver Slugger Award (National League)
2003: Player of the Week Award
|Salary (Till now)||1989||$68,000|
|Total worth||$70 Million|
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Lesser known facts about Sammy Sosa
- The real name of Sammy Sosa was Samuel Kelvin Peralta Sosa, a name very few people know since he was quite famous by his professional playing game name.
- Sammy Sosa was born in a very small community, named the Batey community, settled in the small province of the San Padro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, a small country on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean region.
- Sammy Sosa was commonly called by his nickname “Mikey” by his closed ones such as family and close friends. This nickname and his real name both were given to him by his grandmother who loved him dearly.
- As a child, he idolized Roberto Clemente, the legendary baseball player of the Pittsburgh Pirates who played 18 seasons of the Major League Baseball.
- The early life of Sammy Sosa was spent mostly in the Dominican Republic. But not much is known to anybody about the greater details of his early professional career. He only came into the limelight once he started off with the Major League Baseball.
- From his early life, he was very interested in baseball and also wished to pursue it professionally as a career.
- The major break of Sammy Sosa’s career came when he got into Texas Rangers with whom he made his Major League Baseball debut in the year 1989.
- Sammy Sosa used to wear a uniform with the number 17 and initially served as a left fielder, role in which he could not perform very well for his team and thereby was replaced within one year.
- Sammy Sosa was traded off from the Texas Rangers to the Chicago White Sox within one year because of his unnoticed presence in the team, but he did not lose hope with this initial setback in his career.
- In the years 1990 and 1991, Sammy Sosa initially performed very well for the Chicago White Sox team and batted with a good average and scored good home runs, runs batted in and triples. However, by the end of the year, his performance declined thereby leading to another trade-off from Chicago White Sox to this time to his future team the Chicago Clubs.
- Sammy Sosa was initially disappointed with himself for not being able to perform up to his own expectations but who knew that the future was holding only good for him ahead. After being traded off to the Chicago Clubs, he remained there for the major part of his professional career and performed amazingly and earned himself great name and fame as a player.
- Sammy Sosa joined the Chicago Clubs in 1992 and improved greatly as a hitter. From 1992-1996, he greatly improved his batting average and scored some great numbers as runs batted in and home runs and he came to be known for his power and speed during hitting.
- In 1995, Sammy Sosa played his first All-Star team. He became to be known as one of the most powerful and high-speed right fielder and hitter present in any of the teams.
- Gradually progressing came one of the greatest years in the professional career of Sammy Sosa, the 1998 season, in which he came into the most home runs chase with Mark McGrory of the Oakland Athletics. Initially, he was leading significantly ahead of him for many months of the season but eventually ended up in a tie. It was during this exciting run chase that he earned the nickname of “Slamming Sammy” which became quite a popular name for him at that time.
- The 1998 season was probably the best time of Sammy Sosa’s career when he peaked his batting average and slugging percentage. His performance in the 1998 Major League Baseball season is even till today touted as one of the most offensive outbursts in the history of Major League Baseball events.
- Sammy Sosa even won the National League Most Valuable Player of the Year Award for his performance in the 1998 Major League Baseball season and also won the Sportsman of the Year award in 1998 (by the sports magazine Sports Illustrated) along with Mark McGrive. The other honors he received that year included the ticker-tape parade in the New York City and invitations to the State of the Union Address by the then US President Bill Clinton.
- In 2001, Sammy Sosa became the only player in the history of baseball to have scored 60 home runs in three Major League Baseball seasons.
- In his career, Sammy Sosa won many awards and set up many records for the Chicago Clubs and for this reason he was also awarded the ‘Silver Slugger Award’ in 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
- In 2003, Sammy Sosa got an injury on his toe for which he had to get his toenail removed and because of this reason, he could not play on the field for some time.
- In 2003, Sammy Sosa found himself stuck in a controversy when he was thrown out of the team because one of the umpires of a game insisted investigation on his for having used corked bats to play well in the games. The Major League Baseball association carried out the investigation but found him clean. It was later found that he only used a corked bat in one of the practice matches, that too by mistake, and for that, he publicly apologized to the association and his fans. But he still was suspended for seven games.
- In 2004, he got severe back spasms causing pain in his back, for which he again could not play on the field for a long time. During this time, he was dropped from the Chicago Clubs team.
- After recovering from his back pain, Sammy Sosa played for one year with the Baltimore Orioles from 2005 to 2006 and for two years with the Texas Rangers (again, his first team) from 2007 to 2009.
- In 2009, Sammy Sosa announced his retirement with a desire to be honored in the Hall of Fame seeing his excellent field record.
- In 2009, there was a controversy related to Sammy Sosa’s use of performance-enhancing agents in the games of 2003 while he was still active on the field. This was stated by The New York Times according to a leaked list of players’ names who used such substances including steroids. However, Sammy Sosa clearly declined using any of these agents ever in his life.
- Sammy Sosa was clearly disappointed in his interviews regarding not receiving a place in the Hall of Fame due to low voting percentages.
- Sammy Sosa has six children with his wife, Sonia Rodrigues (who was a famous dancer on TV shows as a child artist in the Dominican Republic), named Kenia, Keysha, Sammy Jr., Kalexy, Michael and Rolando.
- Sammy Sosa has been happily married to his wife for 14 years whom he married in 2004.
- In 2009, Sammy Sosa made a TV appearance on a music award show.