DYK on this day in #MoorStory365 that Samuel Kelvin Peralta Sosa was born on November 12, 1968. Sosa is a Dominican former professional baseball right fielder. Sosa played with four Major League Baseball teams over his career, most notably the Chicago Cubs. Sosa’s Major League career began with the Texas Rangers in 1989. After three seasons with the Chicago White Sox, Sosa became a member of the Cubs in 1992 and became one of the league’s best hitters. Sosa hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th game and his 5,273rd at-bat, the quickest in National League history. In 1998, Sosa achieved national fame for their home run-hitting prowess in pursuit of Roger Maris’ home run record.
Sammy Sosa’s post-career transformation took another bizarre turn when new photos emerged showing the slugger looking lighter skinned than ever before.
Posing for a series of pictures in London, the 48-year-old is nearly unrecognizable when compared to his playing days with the Cubs when he had honey-brown skin. In one of the photos, the former slugger is seen leaning against a street post. Another photo shows Sosa doing the “dab.” Sosa’s complexion has made headlines since he retired in 2009.
Year after year his skin has gotten noticeably lighter with the former Chicago Cubs slugger eventually admitting to Univision that he habitually uses a skin bleaching cream. “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and whitens my skin some,” Sosa told Univision. “It’s a cream that I have, that I use to soften [my skin], but has bleached me some. I’m not a racist, I live my life happily. “What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don’t think I look like Michael Jackson.”