Albert Pujols is a Dominican-American former professional baseball player who was born on January 16, 1980. Pujols played for the St. Louis Cardinals, the Los Angeles Angels, and the Los Angeles Dodgers during his Major League Baseball (MLB) career. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport, particularly for his offensive prowess. Pujols made his MLB debut in 2001 with the Cardinals, and he quickly established himself as one of the league's premier hitters. He won the National League Rookie of the Year Award that season, and went on to win three National League Most Valuable Player Awards during his time with the Cardinals. Pujols helped lead the Cardinals to two World Series titles, in 2006 and 2011. In 2012, Pujols signed a ten-year, $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels. While he continued to be a productive hitter, injuries and declining performance led to the Angels releasing him in 2021. Later that year, Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he played a limited role during their playoff run. Throughout his career, Pujols was known for his hitting prowess, particularly his ability to hit for power while also maintaining a high batting average. He finished his career with 3,253 hits, 667 home runs, and a batting average of .299. Pujols is also widely respected for his charitable work, particularly his work with children with Down syndrome through the Pujols Family Foundation.