Sammy Sosa

Sammy Sosa

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by Sammy Sosa, Marcos Bretó N., Marcos Breton
     
 

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Here is the true story of Sammy Sosa, the baseball player whose extraordinary talent has made him the sport's greatest international ambassador with millions of fans worldwide.

Growing up in the poverty-stricken town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, Sammy Sosa shined shoes and washed cars to help buy food for his family. For fun, he learned how

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Here is the true story of Sammy Sosa, the baseball player whose extraordinary talent has made him the sport's greatest international ambassador with millions of fans worldwide.

Growing up in the poverty-stricken town of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, Sammy Sosa shined shoes and washed cars to help buy food for his family. For fun, he learned how to play baseball with an empty milk carton as his glove and a wooden stick as his bat. By the time he was 16, he was scouted and signed by the Texas Rangers. And in 1998, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs joined Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals in breaking the legendary Roger Maris' 37-year-old record of 61 home runs in a single season, changing the history of baseball. Sammy Sosa's amazing story is an inspiring tale of a phenomenal talent, the likes of which hasn't been seen since baseball greats Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and Joe DiMaggio.
— Baseball has seen a resurgence in popularity as millions of fans watched Sammy Sosa make sports history and become a beloved household name everywhere. In 1998 he hit 66 home runs, and then hit another 63 in 1999. Sosa was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1998.
— Over the past two years, Sosa has become a daily fixture on the nightly sports highlight reels and has made appearances on late night talk shows. Sosa is a national commercial spokesman for McDonald's and Montgomery Ward.
— Marcos Breton is the winner of the Guillermo Mar

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Library Journal
Read by many voices, this sports memoir does not have too many statistics, but plenty of action; not too much on training and conditioning, but enough to show determination and the heart of a champion; not too much on the poverty and squalor of the Dominican Republic, but enough that the listener realizes the heights to which a hero may rise. Sosa was baseball's National League Most Valuable Player in 1998, the year in which he and Mark McGwire both broke Roger Maris's record for most home runs hit in a single season. Anyone who was aware of the friendly competition for the home run crown in 1998 will enjoy Sosa's retelling of the story. Moreover, the insights into his family, his love for his country and fellow Dominicans, and the incredible series of circumstances and people that influenced his career add up to a very enjoyable listening experience. Highly recommended for general sports collections.--Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780446527354
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
07/25/2005
Pages:
244
Sales rank:
1,093,840
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)

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