Samuel Peralta “Sammy” Sosa (November 12, 1968-) became the fifth player in Major League history to reach 600 career home runs and is the only player to hit 60 or more home runs in a single season three times, including 66 in 1998. That season, he and Mark McGwire shared the national spotlight as they pursued Roger Maris’ single-season home run record. The Texas Rangers picked Sosa in 1985 as an amateur free agent. He briefly played with the team in 1989 before being traded to the Chicago White Sox (1989-1991). He gained his greatest celebrity with the Chicago Cubs (1992-2004), becoming the Cubs' first 30-30 player in club history. The right fielder finished his career with brief stints with the Baltimore Orioles (2005) and a return to the Texas Rangers (2007). A seven-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Sosa was also the 1998 National League MVP. He ended his career with a .273 batting average, 2,408 hits, 1,667 RBI, and 609 home runs. (Credit: PSA/DNA)
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