Sturm, Ruger & Company NYSE: RGR is a Connecticut-based manufacturing company composed of three divisions: Ruger Firearms, Ruger Investment Castings, and Ruger Golf. The best known division is the first one, because Sturm, Ruger was formed as a firearms company - in fact, the firearms division is often called "Sturm, Ruger" even though "Sturm" is no longer part of its official name. Ruger is the largest American firearms manufacturer.Ruger Vaquero
Sturm, Ruger & Company was founded by William B. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm in 1949 in a small, rented machine shop in Southport, Connecticut. They initially produced a .22 caliber pistol (see Ruger MK II), which became so successful that it launched the entire company. Ruger Firearms is now the nation's largest firearms manufacturer, and the only one producing firearms in all four market segments: rifles, shotguns, pistols, and revolvers.
Ruger has absolute dominance of the .22 rimfire rifle market in the U.S. with its Ruger 10/22, and has had that dominance for some years now that was assured by its inexpensiveness and high quality. It has produced a custom edition of it sold only by Wal-Mart.
Ruger similarly dominates the .22 rimfire semiauto pistol market with the Ruger MK II. Like the 10/22, the MkII is extremely well supported with a variety of good aftermarket accessories.
Ruger Casting has plants in New Hampshire and Arizona, making ferrous, ductile iron and commercial titanium castings. Ruger Golf makes steel and titanium castings for golf clubs made by a number of different brands.
Sturm, Ruger stock has been publicly traded since 1969, and became a New York Stock Exchange company in 1990 (NYSE:RGR). After Alex Sturm’s death in 1951, William B. Ruger continued to direct the company and until his death in 2002.
From 1949 through 2004, Ruger has built over 20 million firearms, and currently offers hundreds of models for hunters, target shooters, collectors, and law enforcement.
Current members of the board of directors of the company are: John Cosentino, Richard Cunniff, John Kingsley, William Ruger, Stephen Sanetti, James E. Service, and Joseph Strasser.
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Submachineguns. Also, the Orioles are the Nationals inter-league rival, because of the close proximity. Revolvers. If there is to be a deal, it would be somewhat ironic, because Sosa nearly went to the Nationals before joining the Orioles. Rimfire Pistols. As of January 12, 2006 it has been confirmed Sosa's agent will be meeting with Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden.
Current members of the board of directors of the company are: John Cosentino, Richard Cunniff, John Kingsley, William Ruger, Stephen Sanetti, James E. Towards the end of the 2005 season, Sosa had another mysterious injury and spent a great deal of time away from the team. . Sosa eventually returned to the lineup and while the slumps did subside somewhat, he still had problems producing as a hitter. From 1949 through 2004, Ruger has built over 20 million firearms, and currently offers hundreds of models for hunters, target shooters, collectors, and law enforcement. When Sosa's slump continued, Mazzilli resorted to benching Sosa. Ruger continued to direct the company and until his death in 2002. The slumps caused then Orioles manager Lee Mazzilli to drop Sosa as low as the 7th spot in the lineup.
After Alex Sturm’s death in 1951, William B. After a great deal of preseason hype from Sosa and Orioles management, Sosa had a modest start to the season, which was followed by terrible slumps during mid-season. Sturm, Ruger stock has been publicly traded since 1969, and became a New York Stock Exchange company in 1990 (NYSE:RGR). By playing for the 2005 Orioles, with 500 home run hitter Rafael Palmeiro, Sosa and Palmeiro became the first 500 home run club members in history to play together on the same team after reaching their 500 home run marks. Ruger Golf makes steel and titanium castings for golf clubs made by a number of different brands. Under the deal, Sosa earned $17,875,000.00 for the 2005 season, with the Cubs paying $7 million of his salary. Ruger Casting has plants in New Hampshire and Arizona, making ferrous, ductile iron and commercial titanium castings. In order to facilitate the deal, Sosa and his agent agreed to waive the clause that guaranteed his 2006 salary, and the players' union indicated it would not object to that agreement.
Like the 10/22, the MkII is extremely well supported with a variety of good aftermarket accessories. and two minor league prospects. Ruger similarly dominates the .22 rimfire semiauto pistol market with the Ruger MK II. On January 28, 2005 it was announced that the Cubs had reached an agreement to trade Sosa to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder/outfielder Jerry Hairston, Jr. It has produced a custom edition of it sold only by Wal-Mart. However, the contract also stipulated that if Sosa was traded during the duration of the deal, the team option would be waived, making his 2006 salary guaranteed. with its Ruger 10/22, and has had that dominance for some years now that was assured by its inexpensiveness and high quality. Sosa had one year left on his contract with a team option for a second year; his salary would be $17 million in 2005, and was to rise to $18 million in 2006.
Ruger has absolute dominance of the .22 rimfire rifle market in the U.S. Given this fact and his late-2004 actions, the Cubs were generally regarded as eager to trade him; however, the structure of his then-current contract made this difficult. Ruger Firearms is now the nation's largest firearms manufacturer, and the only one producing firearms in all four market segments: rifles, shotguns, pistols, and revolvers. By then, most observers considered Sosa to be declining as a player, as he was the only player in Major League Baseball whose batting average, home runs, and RBI all declined in each year since 2001 (which some point out were the same years that MLB started to crack down on substance abuse)  . They initially produced a .22 caliber pistol (see Ruger MK II), which became so successful that it launched the entire company. That action was viewed as symbolic of the end of Sosa's era with the Cubs. Ruger and Alexander McCormick Sturm in 1949 in a small, rented machine shop in Southport, Connecticut. Though unconfirmed, reliable sources have stated that catcher Michael Barrett, following up on a suggestion by pitcher Kerry Wood, destroyed the boombox with a bat.
Sturm, Ruger & Company was founded by William B. He would superstitiously play pop music deemed undesirable by most of his teammates or salsa music at a very high volume, often refusing to turn it down (even on one occasion when then-teammate Joe Girardi was suffering from a migraine). Ruger is the largest American firearms manufacturer. For several seasons, Sosa was notorious for monopolizing the music in the locker room (it's normally the custom in the majors for the team's starting pitcher that day to select the music that is played in the locker room). The best known division is the first one, because Sturm, Ruger was formed as a firearms company - in fact, the firearms division is often called "Sturm, Ruger" even though "Sturm" is no longer part of its official name. After his teammates learned of the departure that day, they decided to vent their frustration on Sosa's trademark boombox that he kept in his locker. Sturm, Ruger & Company NYSE: RGR is a Connecticut-based manufacturing company composed of three divisions: Ruger Firearms, Ruger Investment Castings, and Ruger Golf. Several days later, the Cubs fined him one game's pay (approximately $87,000).
Ruger MP9. However, a surveillance video proved that Sosa had left the stadium 15 minutes after the game started. 480 Super Redhawk. He then left Wrigley without permission during the game, claiming to reporters afterwards that he left in the seventh inning. Blackhawk series. Sosa had already been told that he would not be in the starting lineup for that game, and arrived at Wrigley Field only an hour before game time; this was a violation of team rules. Bearcat. Going into the last game, the Cubs had lost seven of eight games to fall out of contention for a playoff berth.
Single Six. Sosa's actions in the last game of the 2004 season raised many eyebrows, and eventually led to his departure from Chicago. Vaquero. He finished with 35 homers, far below his numbers of his best years. Ruger 22/45 MK III]]. Later, he fell into one of the worst slumps of his career, only snapping out of it in the last week of the season. Ruger MK III. He was diagnosed with back spasms and placed on the disabled list.
Ruger MK II. While sitting next to his locker chatting with reporters before a game in San Diego's PETCO Park, he sneezed violently, causing severe back pain. Ruger MK I (not currently in production). In May 2004, Sosa suffered a strange injury. Ruger P97. Their subsequent 9-6 loss in Game 7 ensured another season of unfulfilled promise. P Series. The Cubs were just five outs away from reaching the World Series for the first time since 1945, before a Game 6 collapse left them on the verge of elimination.
Ruger 96/22. After the suspension, Sosa returned to form and hit 40 home runs in his shortened season, including titanic blasts in games 1 and 2 of the NLCS against the Florida Marlins. Ruger 77/17. However, the suspension was reduced to seven games after appeal on June 11 . Ruger 77/22. On June 6, Sosa was suspended for eight games on account of the corked bat . Ruger 10/22. Sosa stated that he had accidentally used the corked bat, which he claimed was his batting-practice bat.
M77 Mark II Assorted Models. Major League Baseball confiscated and tested 76 of Sosa's other bats after his ejection; all were found to be clean, with no cork . Ruger Police Carbine. On June 3, 2003, Sosa was ejected from a Chicago Cubs-Tampa Bay Devil Rays game in the first inning when umpires discovered he had been using a corked bat . Mini-30. In May, he spent his first time on the disabled list since 1996 after having a toenail removed. Mini-14. The year was not all good news for Sosa, however.
That would change in 2003, when the Cubs and new manager Dusty Baker won the National League Central Division title. While Sosa's accomplishments during his career with the Cubs had been vast, as a team they saw little success, only once making the playoffs during Sosa's tenure-a wildcard playoff berth in 1998. He owns numerous team records for the Cubs, and holds the major-league record for the most home runs hit in a month (20, in June 1998). Known as a free-swinger in his early years, and as an easy strikeout candidate, Sosa became an effective hitter for average.
Sosa once again led the league in home runs with 49 in 2002. He also surpassed his 1998 numbers in total bases, compiling 425. He led the majors in runs and RBIs, was 2nd in home runs, 2nd in slugging percentage, 3rd in walks, 4th in on base percentage, 12th in batting average, and 15th in hits. In the same season he set personal records in runs scored (146), RBIs (160), walks (116), on base percentage (.437), slugging percentage (.737), and batting average (.328).
In 2001, he hit 64 home runs, becoming the first (and, thus far, only) player ever with three 60 home run seasons (though, oddly, he did not lead the league in any of those three seasons; in 2001, he finished behind Barry Bonds). Sosa, already a home run legend, finally claimed his first home run championship by hitting 50 in the 2000 season. The following season Sosa hit 63 home runs, again trailing Mark McGwire who hit 65. Sosa's accomplishments were celebrated with a ticker-tape parade in his honor in New York City, and he was asked to be a guest at US President Bill Clinton's 1999 State of the Union Address.
He and McGwire shared Sports Illustrated magazine's 1998 "Sportsmen of the Year" award. Louis writers, who voted for McGwire. Sosa found some consolation in winning the National League Most Valuable Player Award for leading the Cubs into the playoffs in 1998, earning every first-place vote except for the two cast by St. His 416 total bases were the most in a single season in 50 years, since Stan Musial's 429 in 1948.
Sosa ended the season with 66, behind McGwire's 70. It was in this season that both Sosa and Mark McGwire broke Roger Maris' long-standing single season home run record of 61. After years as a respected power hitter, Sammy Sosa emerged during the 1998 season as one of baseball's greats. Many experts felt that this was a mistake, since Sosa in their views did not possess the talent to merit such a contract.
During his subpar 1997 season, Sosa agreed to a contract extension with the Cubs that made him one of baseball's highest-paid players. A late-season surge rose his batting average to a mildly disappointing .251, but the Cubs were well on their way to a last place finish by then. Sosa had trouble rebounding from his broken wrist during the 1997 season. In 1996, Sosa was leading the National League in home runs with 40 when he was hit by a pitch, breaking his wrist and effectively ending his season.
Sosa once again reached the 30-30 plateau in 1995, and made his first All-Star team. By the time the strike had been settled, Sosa had had a change of heart and decided to stay with the Cubs. During the strike, Sosa supposedly agreed to a free agent contract with the Boston Red Sox, but Major League Baseball decided not to allow any contract negotiations between players and teams during the strike. Sosa followed with another solid campaign in the strike-shortened season of 1994.
Sosa finished with 33 home runs and 36 stolen bases, the first Cub to join the exclusive 30-30 club. In 1993 Sosa finally started to show the talent that scouts and fans alike had seen glimpses of for years. Sosa spent the 1992 season in centerfield for the Cubs, but spent more than half the season on the disabled list with a broken wrist from being hit by a pitch and a sore shoulder. Larry Himes, who had been the general manager of the White Sox when they acquired Sosa, was now the general manager of the Cubs, and having traded for him a second time, defended his view that Sosa would turn out to be an outstanding player.
Many at the time thought the Cubs had been swindled by the White Sox in the trade, including a vocal George Bell, who said he was insulted at being traded for a player as unproven as Sosa. This time he was sent packing across town to the Cubs along with reliever Ken Patterson in exchange for slugger George Bell. Prior to the start of the 1992 season, Sosa was again traded. After a promising 1990 season in which he hit 15 home runs and collected 70 RBI as a full-time player, in 1991 his production fell and Sosa was relegated to the minor leagues for a time.
Bush, then the Rangers' managing general partner, later joked was the biggest mistake he ever made). President George W. He made his major league debut on June 16, 1989 with the Rangers, who traded him to the Chicago White Sox along with Wilson Alvarez in exchange for Harold Baines and Fred Manrique later that same season (a move that U.S. After turning 16, he signed with the Texas Rangers in 1985.
The Philadelphia Phillies attempted to sign him at age 15, but this deal was not allowed by Major League Baseball because of a rule making the minimum age for contracts between major league teams and players 16. Sosa sometimes used a folded milk carton as a glove, since he could not afford a real one. He started playing baseball at 14, a fairly old age for baseball, after he decided to quit boxing at his mother's behest. As a child, he shined shoes to help support his mother and six siblings.
Sosa's family was very poor and he grew up in an abandoned hospital. . He ended the 2005 season with 588 career home runs, placing him fifth on the major leagues' all-time home run list. He has formerly played for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Cubs and Baltimore Orioles.