The Dominican Republic: Home of Sammy Sosa|
Samuel Peralta Sosa was born in San Pedro de Macrois,
Dominican Republic on November 12, 1968. He grew up shining shoes and
selling orange juice for extra money. He played baseball with a tree limb
bat, a milk carton glove and a ball made of a sock wrapped in tape.
The Texas Rangers discovered the
16-year-old slugger and brought him to the states. His stay in Texas ran
out of promise quickly, but his career has taken off since he became a
Cub. Even as a very successful big leaguer, Slamminí Sammy hasnít
forgotten his roots. Similarly, the inhabitants of his island
havenít forgotten number 21 either.
Sammy seldom receives the
opportunity to return to his island home but the Dominican Republic feels
his presence in other ways. During his historic 1998 season, Hurricane
George devastated the Caribbean island. In response, Sammy sent thousands
of pounds of food and water to the victims. He also helped rebuild the
The Dominican Republic regards
Sammy Sosa as a legend. His play has put the island on the map and generated
a fan base that stretches far outside the city of Chicago.