José Alberto Pujols Alcántara, better known as Albert Pujols, was born and raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was raised by his grandmother. He moved to the U.S. in 1996. He attended Fort Osage High School, then played one year of college ball at Maple Woods Community College. From 1999-2001 he played in the minor leagues. After Bobby Bonilla got injured in 2001 Pujols got to play third base for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2003 he was moved to first base. In 2006 the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers. He has been an All Star 8 times and been the National League's Most Valuable Player 3 times.
After winning a second World Series with the Cardinals in 2011, Pujols accepted a lucrative contract to play for the Los Angeles Angels.
In 2004 Pujols was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in his left foot, a painful condition which has sometimes hindered his ability to run. He has continued to play as his condition varies from year to year.