26 Facts About Albert Belle


Albert Jojuan Belle was born on August 25,1966, and known until 1990 as Joey Belle, is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder who played from 1989 to 2000, most notably for the Cleveland Indians.

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Albert Belle was the first player to break the $10 million per year compensation contract in Major League Baseball.

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Albert Belle is one of only six players in MLB history to have nine consecutive 100-RBI seasons.

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Albert Belle attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

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Albert Belle attended Huntington High School in Shreveport, where he was a star baseball and football player, a member of the National Honor Society and vice president of the local Future Business Leaders of America.

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Albert Belle graduated sixth in his high school class and made the all-state baseball team twice.

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Albert Belle was an accomplished baserunner, with a career-high 23 steals in 1993, and 17 steals in 1999 despite hip problems.

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Albert Belle led the league three times in RBIs, three times in total bases, three times in extra-base hits and twice in slugging.

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Albert Belle was a five-time All-Star between 1993 and 1997.

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Albert Belle had a powerful throwing arm, and was a gifted pitcher in high school.

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In 1992, Albert Belle would have become one of only five players in MLB history to hit a home run over the left-field roof of Detroit's Tiger Stadium.

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In 1994, Albert Belle lost the batting title to New York Yankees outfielder Paul O'Neill,.

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In 1995, Albert Belle became the first player in major league history to hit 50 home runs and 50 doubles in the same season; the last player before him to reach as many as 40 in both categories had been Willie Stargell in 1973.

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The achievement was especially impressive because Albert Belle played only 143 games in 1995 due to a season shortened by the previous year's player strike.

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Albert Belle finished second in the voting to the Boston Red Sox' Mo Vaughn even though he led the American League that season in runs scored, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage and total bases, and outpaced Vaughn head-to-head in every important offensive category except RBIs ; both players' teams reached the playoffs.

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Albert Belle had two other top ten MVP finishes, in 1993 and 1998.

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Albert Belle drove in 152 runs to break Zeke Bonura's single-season franchise record of 138 in 1936.

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Albert Belle again became the game's highest-paid player, signing a five-year, $65 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

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Albert Belle was kept on Baltimore's active 40-man roster for the next three years as a condition of the insurance policy which largely reimbursed the Orioles for the remainder of his contract.

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Albert Belle homered in the final at-bat of his major-league career, at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on October 1,2000.

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Albert Belle was suspended in 1994 for using a corked bat, resulting in a seven-game suspension.

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Albert Belle was fined in 1996 for knocking down Brewers infielder Fernando Vina, who had blocked his way between bases.

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In retirement, Albert Belle had his first encounter with the Cleveland Indians since leaving the club in 1996, during their 2012 spring training in Goodyear, Arizona and was joined by former teammates Kenny Lofton, Sandy Alomar Jr.

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In spite of this, Albert Belle declined both to attend the 20th anniversary celebration of the 1995 World Series team in 2015 and the 2016 ceremony when he was inducted into the Indians team Hall of Fame.

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In 2006, Albert Belle was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years' probation after he admitted to stalking his former girlfriend.

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On March 25,2018, Albert Belle was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona and charged with indecent exposure and DUI.

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