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Albert Belle - Drafted To The Big Leagues

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Belle finally got his break after his junior year in college in the second round of the 1987 draft. Several teams refused to consider Belle in any round based on his temperament, but the Cleveland Indians picked him up. He started with the Indians' minors team, and played his first major league game in July 1989. That game was a stunning success for Belle: he got a hit at his first at-bat, and hit a grand slam against the Yankees. Belle did have some trouble during those first years with the Indians, though, and was demoted to the minors a few times following outbursts.

Chronology

1966 Born August 25 in Shreveport, LA
1984 Begins playing for Louisiana State University
1987 Benched for College World Series for attacking spectator
1987 Drafted by Cleveland Indians in second round
1989 Plays first major-league game in July
1990 Checks into Cleveland Clinic for drinking problem
1991 Suspended for throwing ball at fan
1992 First full season in major leagues
1994 Suspended after being charged with using a corked bat
1995 Sets record as first major leaguer to have 50 home runs and 50 RBIs in one season
1995 Leads Indians to the World Series
1995 Lashes out at the media before game, fined $50,000
1995 Starts in All-Star game
1996 Signs 5-year, $55 million contract with Chicago White Sox
1997 Faces civil suit for gambling on football and basketball
1998 Signs 5-year, $65 million contract with Baltimore Orioles
2001 Permanently injures hip
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over 4 years ago

He is the first and only player to record 50 HR and 50 doubles in a season, not 50 RBIs.