Slammin' Sammy: The Sammy Sosa Story

  • 2002
  • Movie
  • Animated, Children's, Sports

Though it doesn't advance animation art, this biographical cartoon does offer a rags-to-riches story with multi-generational appeal. Born into poverty in the Dominican Republic, young Sammy Sosa vows to support his large family after the untimely death of his father. Whether shining shoes or selling oranges, the Sosa boys always put food on the table. Although...read more

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Though it doesn't advance animation art, this biographical cartoon does offer a rags-to-riches story with multi-generational appeal. Born into poverty in the Dominican Republic, young Sammy Sosa vows to support his large family after the untimely death of his father. Whether shining shoes or selling oranges, the Sosa boys always put food on the table. Although his older brother, Luis, once dreamed of emulating Dominican superstar Roberto Clemente, Sammy proves to have more raw talent. Sammy starts out boxing but quickly tires of the hard knocks and gravitates to baseball. Fortunately, the Sosa clan has a guardian angel in the form of Mr. Chase, an American factory owner based in San Salvador. Not only does surrogate father Chase provide the Sosa boys with jobs, but he supports Sammy in his new ball-playing goal. When Sammy's slugging impresses a scout, the Texas Rangers sign him for their minor league team. Throughout his salad days, Sammy relies on his hitting talent. Too cocky to seek improvement in other areas, Sammy did things his own way; he makes it to the major leagues but rubs teammates and coaches the wrong way. Finally, after being traded to the Chicago Cubs, Sammy slowly seeks the counsel of others. Before long, this valuable player becames a legendary sports figure. During the 1998 season, he and St. Louis Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire ran neck and neck in a race to beat Roger Maris's home run record. The rest is National League history. This informative kiddie film, which should be a hit with Little Leaguers, doesn't skimp over Sosa's poverty or his personality flaws in its rush to present him as a hero and role model.

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  • Released: 2002
  • Review: Though it doesn't advance animation art, this biographical cartoon does offer a rags-to-riches story with multi-generational appeal. Born into poverty in the Dominican Republic, young Sammy Sosa vows to support his large family after the untimely death of… (more)

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