Inside Albert Pujols’ first pro baseball home run with Peoria Chiefs

PEORIA — Albert Pujols’ 23-year skilled baseball adventure has taken him to the threshold of 700 Major League home runs.

And it began with the Peoria Chiefs within the Midwest League, with whom he hit his first pro home run in his first pro recreation in 2000.

“Over the course of that season, you are watching the guy play and you could tell he was going to be good,” former Peoria Chiefs president and co-owner Rocky Vonachen stated. “I don’t think anyone could tell he was gonna be that good that quick. But it was just a matter of when.

“Then in 2001, if Bobby Bonilla hadn’t been harm they may not have stored Albert round to begin with. Things may have labored out otherwise.”

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