Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols is regarded as one of the best offensive players in the game and hits consistently for average and power. In recent years, he has also become an above-average defensive player at first base and in 2006 he won his first Gold Glove award. In 2005, Pujols launched the Pujols Family Foundation which is dedicated to "the love, care and development of people with Down syndrome and their families," as well as helping the poor in the Dominican Republic.

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Baseball fans know Pujols from his outstanding record: Rookie of the Year, a National League MVP, and team leader helping the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in 2006. However, with its combination of sharp writing, eye-catching design, and well-chosen photos, this entry in the Sports Stars with Heart series is so pleasing that even those who dont follow baseball will enjoy learning about Pujols. Born in the Dominican Republic, he first played baseball under poor conditions. After moving to the U.S., he was able to train more seriously and was eventually drafted by the Cardinals. Pujols sensational career is matched by an interesting personal story. As a 19-year-old, he met his future wife, the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, whom Pujols embraced. Committed Christians, the Pujols are actively involved in charity work. Supporting the biography are numerous, brightly colored sidebars, discussing everything from backyard baseball to Jack Buck, the voice of the Cards. A glossary and a list of book and Web resources are appended to this well-sourced volume., Booklist September 1, 2007
Product type: Library Bound Book
ISBN: 978-0-7660-2866-1
Author: Tom Needham
Copyright: 2008
Reading Level: Grades 5-6
Interest Level: Grades 5-12+
Dewey: 796.357092
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 1/2" x 9 1/4"
Full-Color Photographs, Illustrations