Albert Pujols is a Dominican-American professional baseball first baseman and designated hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Pujols was raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, mostly by his grandmother, America Pujols, and 10 of his uncles and aunts.
He was an only child. His father, Bienvenido Pujols, was a softball pitcher, but he was also an alcoholic. Albert often had to take his father home when his father got drunk following games. Growing up, Pujols practiced baseball using limes for balls and a milk carton for a glove.
Pujols, his father, and his grandmother emigrated in 1996 to Washington Heights in New York City, where Albert witnessed a shooting at a bodega.
Partly because of the shooting, they moved to Independence, Missouri, two months later to join some relatives.
Pujols played baseball at Fort Osage High School in Independence and was named an All-State athlete twice. As a senior, he was walked 55 times intentionally, but he still hit eight home runs in 33 at-bats. One of his home runs travelled 450 feet (140 m).
After graduating from high school a semester early in December 1998, he was given a baseball scholarship to Maple Woods Community College.
Albert Pujols Divorce: Why Is Albert Pujos Divorcing His Wife Deidre Pujos?
Albert Pujols announced Monday that he and his wife Deidre Pujols are splitting up, days after she underwent successful surgery to remove a brain tumor.
“I’ve been asked a lot of questions over the past few days regarding what’s been going on at home and sadly, after 22 years of marriage, I have made the decision to file for divorce from my wife, Deidre,” Pujols said in a statement released by his agent, Dan Lozano.
“I realize this is not the most opportune time with Opening Day approaching and other family events that have recently taken place. These situations are never easy and isn’t something that just happened overnight.”