Sosa blasted 66 home runs in 1998 and 63 in 1999, more than Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, or Hank Aaron ever did in a two-year span. His subsequent fall from fame, stemming from claims that he took performance-enhancing drugs, has kept him distanced from the Cubs and generally out of the public view. However, during his time with the team he was often cited as an influence on young players such as Ken Griffey Jr.
Sosa's record was finally surpassed by Barry Bonds in 2007. When the season ended, it was confirmed that Bonds had hit 73 homers, while Sosa had fallen short of the mark by four blasts.
However, this does not mean that Sosa is without honorific status among baseball historians. He remains one of only three men to have hit 70 or more home runs (the other two being Ruth and Aaron) and it is quite possible that his record will never be broken given how much attention and publicity Bonds received after breaking Aaron's record.
In conclusion, Sammy Sosa was one of the most prolific home run hitters of all time and still holds several records to this day. Although he fell from grace due to alleged drug use, he remains an important part of baseball history.
In his first season with the Cubs, Sosa batted.260 with 8 home runs and 25 RBIs. Not spectacular numbers, they showed that Sosa had improved as a hitter. Sosa batted.261 in 1993, with 33 home runs and 93 RBIs. He also showed his speed by stealing 38 bases. The next year, Sosa stole 50 bases but was caught five times. After that season, his career high in games played, Sosa ended up with 140 games that year.
By now, you should know that Sosa was never able to reach those levels again. In his last three seasons with the Cubs, he averaged about 150 games per season. However, during that time, he still managed to hit over.300 each year. His final average with Chicago was.312.
Sosa left Chicago after the 1996 season and signed with the New York Yankees. In four years with the Yankees, Sosa finished with three consecutive years of 30 or more homers and 100 or more RBIs. In 2001, his final season with the Yankees, Sosa finished with 57 homers and 131 RBIs. That year, he won the AL MVP award.
When Sosa retired after the 2007 season, he had a career batting average of.292. During his time with the Cubs, Sosa collected 3200 hits out of the batter's box.
His son, Sam Jr., has also played baseball.
He is one of just nine players in MLB history to have hit 600 home runs. Sosa and Mark McGwire gained national attention in 1998 for their home run-hitting skills while attempting to break Roger Maris' home run record. Sosa was a seven-time All-Star and held various club records. He is also one of only four hitters to score 100 or more runs five times (the others are Barry Bonds, Joe DiMaggio, and Ted Williams).
In addition to his career as a hitter, Sosa was a six-time Gold Glove winner at third base. He ranks ninth all time in hits, doubles, and total bases. His 592 home runs rank seventh all time.
Sosa's overall batting average of.292 is 3rd all time among players with at least 2000 plate appearances. His 1,964 hits are 2nd only to Pete Rose's 2,409 hits.
His 493 homers before the age of 30 make him one of the most prolific young hitters in baseball history.
Sosa entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.