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Sammy Sosa



Sammy Sosa
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.08

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     challenging words:    yacht, education, leagues, batting, born, bonus, refusal, works, beginning, health, supplies, improve, fifth, order, deal, history
     content words:    Sammy Sosa, Dominican Republic, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Roger Maris, Mark McGwire, Latin American, Most Valuable Player


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Sammy Sosa
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     Sammy Sosa was born in the Dominican Republic in 1968. Sammy was the fifth child out of seven. The beginning of his life was not easy. When he was seven, his father died. Sammy had to sell orange juice and shine shoes in order to help his mother.
 
2     When he was growing up, he couldn't buy a baseball or a glove or bat. His family didn't have enough money. He did what many children did. He made his own. His bat was a branch from a tree. He made a glove from old milk cartons. He wrapped a sock in tape to make a baseball. He would do anything to play baseball.
 
3     When he was fourteen, Sosa began to play baseball with a real bat. When he was sixteen, he signed a contract with the Texas Rangers. He would play in the minor leagues. He was paid a bonus of thirty-five hundred dollars. He sent most of it back to his mother to help with the family. Then he treated himself to a present with the rest. He bought himself a used bike.
 
4     In 1989, Sosa started playing for major league baseball. He did not have an easy start. His batting average was low. He was sent back to the minor league many times. At the end of the year, he was traded to another team. Looking back now, the Rangers know they made a mistake when they did that.
 
5     He had a hard time with the Chicago White Sox, too. He had a hard time hitting the ball. He had many strikeouts. The White Sox traded him to the Chicago Cubs in 1992.

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