Albert Pujols is a Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).
There were ten of Pujols’s relatives in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, who nurtured him. He was the sole kid of a single mother. A softball pitcher who battled alcoholism, Bienvenido Pujols Sr. was the paternal grandfather of Albert Pujols.
As a child, Pujols had to carry his father home after games when he became intoxicated. In his youth, Pujols played baseball with limes and a milk carton.
As a youngster in New York City’s Washington Heights, Pujols was present when a shooting occurred inside a bodega, which his father and grandmother had just moved to with him. Because of the shooting, they moved two months later to be with family in Independence.
Pujols attended Fort Osage High School in Independence, Missouri, where he was a two-time All-State athlete in baseball.
As a senior, he was intentionally walked 55 times, but he still managed to knock eight home runs in 33 at-bats. The distance traveled by one of his homers was 450 feet (140 m).
He received a baseball scholarship to Maple Woods Community College after graduating from high school a semester early in December 1998.
How Was Honoured Albert Pujols Retiring?
The Tampa Bay Rays will commemorate retiring Cardinals greats Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina with a pregame ceremony before their final game at Tropicana Field on Thursday afternoon.
They’ve each played 26 times and 10 times, respectively, in their respective careers at this location. As the designated hitter, Pujols will bat fourth, with Molina omitted from the starting order.