Sosa : An Autobiography

Sammy Sosa; Marcos Breton

Published by Warner Books, 2000
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SIGNED BY SAMMY SOSA on front free endpaper and inscribed to "C--." 209pp. B/w photos. Text block fore edge has some pen marks on it. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall Selling online since 1999. Quick shipping; Secure packing; Free tracking!. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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

Review: What separates Sosa from the mainstream of sports star bios is the likability and exuberance of the subject and the form in which it was written. Cast as an oral history, Sosa lets Sammy's voice--as well as those of his family, friends, and some important coaches--come through, and juxtaposed voices can make for some interesting observations.

Sosa, of course, needs no introduction. Born in poverty in the Dominican baseball incubator of San Pedro de Macoris, he seemed destined to be just another good, solid journeyman ballplayer, a guy who could post eye-catching numbers and not hurt you too much in the field. Then came the miracles of 1998 and '99, back-to-back seasons of 66 and 63 taters with 158 and 143 RBIs, an MVP award, and the affection of fans everywhere. What happened?

Sosa works best as it answers that, creating almost a dialogue between Sosa and Jeff Pentland, whom the Cubs elevated to Major League hitting coach midway through Sammy's and the team's disappointing 1997. Pentland took a hard look at Sosa and saw the untapped talent. "The two things that really stood out were his attitude and his aggressiveness," he says. "I've always felt as a coach the more aggressive the player is, the better, because it's your job as a teacher to harness that aggression to where it's productive. At that point, Sammy was aggressive, but wildly aggressive." From there on, it's pretty much Sosa and Pentland, and through their exchanges we can see how and why the new hitter in Sammy emerges. It's good baseball analysis--technical, anecdotal, and brimming with the excitement and pride of Sammy's remarkable achievements. When Sosa tries to pull biographical heartstrings, it's soppy and sentimental; when it sticks to baseball, it's as crisp as the crack of the bat. --Jeff Silverman

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Title: Sosa : An Autobiography
Publisher: Warner Books
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good+
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