Born on January 16, 1980, Pujols was raised in Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic by his grandmother. Pujols and his family immigrated
to the United States from the Dominican Republic in 1996,
first to New York City. In the U.S., Pujols displayed his hitting skill
by batting over .500 in his first season at Fort Osage High School
in Independence, Missouri, twice earning all-state honors.
Pujols graduated from high school in December 1998.
He attended Maple Woods Community College in the Kansas City
area in spring of 1999. In his only college season, Pujols hit a grand slam
and turned an unassisted triple play in his first game.He batted .461 for the year.
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