This Day In Sports History (March 30th) – Sammy Sosa
It was on this day in 1992 that the Chicago White Sox traded Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for outfielder George Bell. Many believed that the White Sox got the better player in the deal, but over time they would be proven wrong.
George Bell was an aging superstar at the time of the trade and although he put up solid numbers (25 HR, 112 RBI’s) during his first year with the Sox, his best years were without a doubt behind him. He would go on to retire just one year later after the 1993 season. Sosa on the other hand was a 23-year-old with a lot of upside, but it would take him a few years to reach his potential.
From 1995 to 2003, Sosa would hit at least 36 home runs and at least 100 RBI’s. “Slammin’ Sammy” would put up ridiculous numbers in 1998 (66 HR, 158 RBI’s) 1999 (63 HR, 141 RBI’s) and 2001 (64 HR, 160 RBI’s), and although an asterisk * must be put beside these numbers for obvious reasons, they are still impressive nonetheless.
Here is a clip of Sosa’s 600th Home Run.
Dave Ellett, NHL – Born March 30th 1964 (age 48) in Cleveland, Ohio
Secreteriat, Racehorse – Born March 30th 1970
Sergio Ramos, Soccer – Born March 30th 1986 (age 26) in Seville, Spain