San Pedro de Macoris, one of Sammy Sosa favorite places, located 40 miles east of Santo Domingo is of great interest to many baseball players and fans that like to pay homage to the place that produced a remarkable number of major league stars, such as
Sosa was born in Consuelo, near San Pedro de Macoris, to humble beginnings, he shined shoes and
sold orange juice to help his parents and six brothers and sisters.
As with many Dominican boys he played ball with his friends using a milk carton as a glove and whatever else he can find for a ball and bat.
His big break came in 1989 when he was signed by the Texas Rangers.
He is reported to have given his first paycheck of over $3000.00 to his mother.
In 1992 Sosa was transferred to the Chicago Cubs and though success was not immediate, he was destined to become one of the greatest sluggers of all times.
Dominicans were crazy about baseball or (beisbol) long before he set the United States on fire with his home runs against Mark McGuire.
Sammy Sosa surpassed Roger Maris record of 61 home runs in a season which had stood for 37 years.
Sammy's success has gotten him invited to the white House and he has
been frequently voted as a player of the year in sports magazine.
Even though a multimillionaire and a superstar who purchased a home in the Dominican Republic reported to be worth 5 million dollars, he hasn't forgotten his roots and the Sammy Sosa's foundation helps poor Dominican kids get a start in life.
Many of the Dominican Republic tourists reguest to see Sammy's house, you can reguest more information from the front desk of your Dominican hotel or resort.
Many of the Dominican Republic tourists request to see Sammy's house, you can request more information from the front desk of your Dominican hotel or resort.
No other country has sent more players to the majors than the Dominican
Republic,and many of those come from the town of San Pedro de Macoris.
San Pedro was once the richest place in the country.
It suffered from the lagging fortunes of the local sugar industry and from severe damage by hurricane Georges in 1998.
Today, the city produces world class baseball players.
If history is any guide, the numbers of Latin players in America's major league will increase.
Recognize that there are 3000 little league teams in 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
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