How dare I wish a happy birthday to Devon White and almost miss the birthday of the guy he was traded for? Shame on me. Luis Sojo was born on January 3, 1965 in Venezuela. He was signed as an amateur free agent by the Blue Jays in 1986 and debuted for them in 1990. Sojo was flipped the following year to California in the White deal.
Sojo hit .265/.297/.352 over his two seasons with the Angels. He did Black Ink once though, leading baseball with 19 sac hits in 1991. The Angels were somehow unimpressed by that stat and traded Sojo back to Toronto for Kelly “Hans” Gruber and a sack of unmarked bills.
Sojo was claimed off waivers by the Yankees in 1996 in time to win his second of five World Series championships. He played with some kid named Derek Jeter that year. Sojo actually helped wingman Jeter through his awkward early years when Jeter could only date B-list actresses. According to the story I made up. But Sojo was an Angel first, so we wish him a happy birthday from the Hangout.