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Pujols fields a ball going shallow behind first base. (Creative Commons)

Albert Pujols recently became one of five baseball players who has ever hit 700 home runs in his career. Pujols has an amazing story to tell about how he became one of the greatest to play the game.

His journey to the league started when he was born on January 16, 1980, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He lived there until he was 16 when he moved to Missouri and started his baseball career at Fort Osage High School. Even though he only played for two years at his high school, he led them to a Missouri class 4A championship during his junior year season when he averaged a .660 batting average and hit eight home runs with 17 Runs Batted In (RBI’s). His coach recognized his potential and started to call him the “beast of that time and a monster at the plate.”

His most memorable moment from his college experience was when he hit a grand slam in the championship game. He batted a .422 batting average along with 22 home runs and 80 RBIs. After his college career, Albert was drafted in the 13th round of the 1999 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He postponed his baseball career and finished his last two years at Maple Woods Community College. Afterwards he won Rookie of the Year in his first season. In 2003, he led the league with a .359 batting average. 

During his 22 year career with teams ranging from the St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, he broke many records and made it on the most games played list with 2,908 games. He ranks 13th on the all-time hits list with 3,269 hits. He is 11th on the runs scored list with 1,859 and is 4th on the all time homerun list with 703 home runs. The last major  accomplishment he made was passing Babe Ruth for being second on the RBIs all-time list with 2,218 RBIs in his fabulous career. Some remember Pujols for his amazing immigrant story from the Dominican Republic. Other people remember him as one of the best MLB players who will make First Ballot Hall of Fame.