Happy Birthday to Sammy Sosa

Happy Birthday to Major League Baseball (MLB) star Sammy Sosa, born on November 12, 1968 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.  His father died when he was a child, and Sousa worked selling oranges and shining shoes to help support his mother and siblings. At age 16, he negotiated a $3,500 signing bonus with the Texas Rangers; he bought his first bicycle and gave the rest of his money to his mother.  In 1992, Sosa started his long run with the Chicago Cubs, and was the first player in team history to chalk up 30 home runs and 30 stolen bases in the same season.  A loyal, family-centered man, he established a ritual touching his heart and kissing two fingers as he approached the plate to honor peace, love, and the two women in his life, his mother and wife. In 1997, Sosa founded the Sammy Sosa Foundation to aid underprivileged youngsters in the Dominican Republic and Chicago. (Image by Sports Illustrated)